Reduced Oxygen Packaging Workshops

This workshop emphasizes the basic concepts of HACCP as they relate to reduced oxygen packaging of foods under the U.S. model Food Code.   Reduced oxygen packaging is considered a special processing technique and requires a documented (written) and implemented HACCP program.  This workshop will provide guidance to meet the requirements in the 2009 US model Food Code as well as provide hands-on HACCP training.  The instructor is Dr. Brian Nummer, a food microbiologist and Extension Specialist at Utah State University with expertise in ROP.  Participants will receive a HACCP certificate from Utah State University Cooperative Extension Food Safety Program and the Retail-foodservice food safety consortium.

Agenda (1.5 day workshop)

Day 1 - please arrive by 8 AM - workshop starts promptly at 8:30 AM.

Part 1.  ROP processing [2 h]
Understanding large and small scale vacuum packaging, cook-chill, and sous vide.

Part 2.  ROP [2 h]
Understanding the differnet types of ROP including vacuum packaging, cook-chill, and sous vide.

Lunch Break [1 hr]

Part 3.  Microbial hazards of ROP [2 hr]
Understanding the foodborne illness hazards Clostridium botulinum and Listeria monocytogenes.  Understanding the remaining microbial foodborne illness hazards.

Part 4.  Food Code regulations [2 h]
Understanding the regulations and requirements documented in the 2009 Food Code.

Day 2 - please arrive by 8 AM - workshop starts promptly at 8:30 AM.  Workshop will end promptly at 1pm.

Part 5. ROP HACCP programs [4 h]
[Hands on]  Creating and understanding a reduced oxygen packaging HACCP program including good manufacturing policies, standard operating procedures, and a HACCP plan. 

Who should attend?

This workshop is designed for grocery store managers, foodservice managers, commissary kitchen managers, supervisors of ROP processes, food safety professionals, and regulators overseeing these operations.


Costs are determined for each location, but no more than $300 pp.  There is a price reduction for sending more than 1 person from the same company.  Regulators working for federal, state, or local jurisdictions receive a scholarship equal to the workshop cost.


Chicago, IL June 2011.  June 6-7, 2011.  2133 W. Lexington Avenue.  Chicago, IL. 
Las Vegas, NV Sept 2001.  Sep 22, 2011.  MGM Grand Hotel.
Las Vegas, NV Nov 2011.  Nov 14-15, 2011.  Luxor/Excalibur Hotels (TBD).

Workshops have been requested (but not scheduled) in these locations:  |  New York, NY.  |  Boston, MA  |  Texas  |  Florida  |  Iowa  |