Setting shelf life: how to do it better




26 November 2024


Members - £735 + VAT
Non-members - £945 + VAT


Campden BRI, Chipping Campden

 Delegate Feedback:

  • Very good, knowledgeable.
  • Very useful course, particularly around packaging as this is often an area that can be overlooked/not fully understood through launch/product change.
  • All tutors present great knowledge and interactions with group.
  • Course was very informative.

Benefits of attending

This course provides information on how best to approach the setting of shelf life for a range of food and drinks products. Typical attendees would include those with a basic knowledge of how to assign a product shelf life or those new to the area. They will gain an understanding of how to set the shelf life of a product to account for spoilage, quality and safety risks.

Training Course content

  • Introduction to shelf life -definition, factors that affect shelf life, and how to approach shelf life from a microbiological perspective
  • Labelling legislation – use by and best before dates
  • Non microbiological issues – sensory and quality considerations
  • How packaging affects shelf life
  • Case study to draw together the knowledge gained during the day
  • ERH calc mould free shelf life in relation to bakery products

Course aims

  • To provide an introduction to shelf life testing for a range of food categories
  • To highlight the importance of pathogens and spoilage organisms with regard to shelf life
  • To understand how predictive modelling and challenge testing can be used to assess shelf life
  • To gain an insight into how quality changes over shelf life

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course delegates will be able to:-

  • Develop shelf life testing protocols
  • Set safe and realistic shelf lives for a range of food and drink products
  • How to understand predictive modelling
  • Consider the applicability and use of accelerated shelf life testing
Event Director - Fiona Cawkell

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