Cultivating Food Safety Knowledge

The Institute for Food Safety (IFS@CU) supports the production of safe and novel foods that increase the economic viability and sustainability of the food industry in NYS and beyond. With expertise in fresh produce, dairy, juice, and food processing, the IFS@CU helps the food industry meet federal regulatory requirements in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and address food safety challenges that stretch from farms to consumers’ tables. Through research and extension collaborations, as well as by embracing new technologies, the program actively works with farmers, processors, retailers, and consumers to produce and keep food safe.

For Assistance or Questions Contact:

Nancy Long | foodsafety [at] | 315.787.2288

Food Science Extension

2022 Course Catalog

The 2022 Course Catalog is a comprehensive handbook and directory that provides program descriptions, faculty and extension staff contact information, courses being offered this year, and information on how to register for courses.

Food Science Extension

2021 Annual Report

Find out how Cornell Food Science Extension Programs practiced resilience and connected with local, national and global communities in 2021.

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Food Safety News

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FDA Announces the Final Rule for Food Traceability Under FSMA
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a final rule on food traceability under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This rule requires persons who manufacture, process, pack or hold foods on the food traceability list to maintain records beyond what is required under other FSMA regulations. Compliance for meeting these new requirements is January 20, 2026.
  • Institute for Food Safety
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NASDA's On Farm Readiness Review (OFFR) program is one way to help farmers adopt food safety measures. The program connects farmers with agricultural and extension specialists who help them to identify food safety risks on their farms and teach them how to meet the food safety standards required by the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Safety Rule. Learn more about the program and NASDA's effort to help train specialists to conduct OFRRs in this article from Moring Ag Clips.
  • Institute for Food Safety
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The Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park (Tech Farm) in Geneva, NY has been recognized as a New York State Certified Business Incubator. The designation will lead to additional resources for current and future tenants and drive economic...
  • Center of Excellence in Food and Agriculture
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • Institute for Food Safety
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Benjamin Houlton, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean, recognized 41 faculty and staff members for their remarkable accomplishments at the 2021 CALS Research, Extension and Core Value Staff Awards ceremony.
  • Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station
  • Institute for Food Safety
  • Department of Communication
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New York state is ranked second in the nation for food processing, according to the USDA Economic Research Service, and collaborations between the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYS AGM), the Food and Drug Administration...
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • Institute for Food Safety
  • Food Science

Upcoming Events

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2022 Empire State Barley and Malt Summit
The Empire State Barley and Malt Summit will return to an in-person format in 2022 on December 14th from 1-9 pm at the Culinary Institute in Hyde Park, NY with the theme Celebrating Success and Planning for the Future! The Summit will bring...
  • Field Crops
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The New York Concord Grape Innovation Award summit will bring together food and beverage producers from across the state with a shared goal of sparking the innovation of Concord grape-based products that will substantially increase the demand...
  • Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture
  • Cornell AgriTech
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Each month at our "What's Bugging You? First Friday" events, experts will share practical information and answer questions on using integrated pest management (IPM) to avoid pest problems and promote a healthy environment where you live, work...
  • Integrated Pest Management
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Indigeneity means something different to each one of us as an Indigenous person. Our communities are diverse in practice, protocol, language, and the way we know the world around us. However, working on a global scale I've observed a common...
  • American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program
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The 2022 Cornell Seed Conference will be held on December 1st. This will be an in-person conference held in the auditorium of Cornell AgriTech, Geneva. Everyone planning to attend must Pre-register. Cost: $25 per person and paid by cash or check...
  • Field Crops
  • Organic