Food Industry Virtual Office Hours
The IFS@CU and collaborating programs offer monthly sessions of Food Industry Virtual Office Hours. Speak directly to Cornell University food safety experts in dairy, fresh fruits and vegetables, and processed foods and beverages. Each session will offer a presentation focused on current food safety topics followed by a Q&A and facilitated discussion with our panel of experts.
Helping Specialty Crop Growers Develop Effective Sanitization Programs
The IFS@CU and UVM Extension Ag Engineering are collaborating with Cornell Cooperative Extension teams across New York State to host a series of remote workshops on Cleaning and Sanitizing on Produce Farms and in Packing Facilities in 2022.
Monkeypox Information for the Food Industry
The IFS@CU has created a webpage gathering monkeypox information for the food industry.
- The monkeypox strain causing the current outbreak is much less deadly than COVID-19 (the US had > 25,000 monkeypox cases as of September 20, 2022 with 1 death reported) and is much less transmissible than COVID-19.
- While there is a theoretical possibility of transmission through foods and food packaging, basic practices mandatory for all food processing facilities (known as "Good Manufacturing Practices" or GMPs) will effectively control the small risk of food-associated transmission.
- Food companies should provide basic training on monkeypox (for example, how to identify an infection) and reinforce GMPs.
Monkeypox Factsheet (PDF)
Download a PDF version of this webpage: Monkeypox Factsheet for the Food Industry.
Download a Spanish version of the Monkeypox Factsheet.
Meeting Regulatory Requirements
Do you manufacture, process, pack or hold food products and have questions about what you need to do to be in compliance with New York State and federal regulations?
If your answer is yes, then you may find the IFS@CU's Guide to Meeting Food Manufacturing Regulatory Requirements in NYS useful. It contains several resources that may help you better understand what you need to do to meet regulatory requirements as a food facility operating in New York State. This is by no means a comprehensive list of all resources available, but should point you in the right direction.
Food Safety Modernization Act
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most sweeping reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years, was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. It aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.
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foodsafety [at] cornell.edu (foodsafety[at]cornell[dot]edu)
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Food Research Lab – Cornell AgriTech
Geneva, NY 14456
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