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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.

2019 Annual Report2019 Annual Report

The Cornell Food Science Extension Programs 2019 Annual Report is now available! Learn more about how Cornell Food Science Extension Programs provide farmers, business owners, and industry partners with support and knowledge essential for growth and success in food production from farm to fork. View a PDF version here.

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Special Session of Food Industry COVID-19 Virtual Office Hours

Nov 10, 2020

The New York Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence and the IFS@CU are hosting a special session of Virtual Office Hours on Observations from the Field on Thursday, November 12 from 12 pm to 1 pm (Eastern time in US and Canada). The first half of office hours will provide an overview of firsthand observations and lessons learned from the field about the main issues related to COVID-19 in food retail establishments, food and dairy processing facilities, and on the farm. Topics addressed will range from implementing COVID-19 mitigation controls to following up with positive cases in the workforce.


CA growers told to test their lettuce for E. coli — or keep it

Oct 13, 2020

Canadian import restrictions have been placed on romaine lettuce and salad mixes from California’s Salinas Valley. Companies importing lettuce from California lettuce producers must prove each shipment of their product has been tested for E. coli or was grown outside of California’s Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey counties.