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Important Message Regarding COVID-19

Cornell University has closely monitored the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and has decided to take a series of proactive measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The health, safety and well-being of our community is our top priority, and we are working closely with local and state public health officials. All employees will move to remote work effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020 until further notice.

We plan to continue offering our Online GMPs Part 117 Course, but our in-person workshops are postponed until further notice. Assistance or questions for the Online GMPs Part 117 Course can be directed to All other inquiries should be directed to In addition, we recognize the challenges facing the food industry in the coming days, weeks and months. Information and resources will be provided on our website.

Please stay safe, and we will continue to support you to the best of our ability.

2020 Annual Report2020 Annual Report

The Cornell Food Science Extension Programs 2020 Annual Report is now available! Find out how Cornell Food Science Extension Programs supported industry and continued to deliver programming and services during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

View a PDF version here.

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Institute for Food Safety to offer first in-state FDA-190 training

Apr 19, 2021

With the recent approval to host the FDA’s Food Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Application and Evidence Development course (FDA-190) independently in the future, the IFS@CU, in partnership with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and the FDA, has created more accessible in-state training opportunities.


FDA Takes Two Important Steps to Advance the Safety of Leafy Greens

Apr 6, 2021

The FDA announced that it is taking two steps to advance the safety of leafy greens.
1) The FDA released a report on the Fall 2020 outbreak linked to leafy greens.
2) The FDA updated its 2020 Leafy Greens STEC Action Plan (LGAP). The updates target the priority areas of prevention, response and addressing knowledge gaps by adding to action items for advancing agricultural water safety; conducting microbiological surveys for STEC detection and enhancing sampling protocols; increasing awareness and addressing concerns around adjacent and nearby land use; publishing investigation reports; promoting tech-enabled traceability; and data mining and analytics on previous outbreaks.