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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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Social media key in food recall management

Jun 15, 2021

A recent study (published in the Journal of Food Protection) using social media analytics to investigate public awareness about food safety-related incidents and how the public interacts with such news shows that social media about actual cases of sickness catches the public’s attention at a higher rate than recall announcements issued by federal agencies.


All in the family: Cornell adds five species to listeria genus

May 20, 2021

Five new species of the bacteria Listeria were identified in a recent study conducted by Dr. Martin Wiedmann's research program at Cornell University. The identification of the new species allows for the better identification of the pathogenic strain Listeria monocytogenes, which will help to improve monitoring programs in food facilities. The full length article can be found in the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology.


Swiping, swabbing elevates processing plant food safety

May 6, 2021

Learn more about the recent case study published by Dr. Randy Worobo's research program at Cornell University, which shows how ATP monitoring and microbiological enumeration can help to improve the environmental hygiene of food-processing facilities. The full length case study was published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology and can be found 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.