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Important Message Regarding COVID-19

The IFS@CU team continues to work remotely, but we are offering online programming, including the GMPs Part 117 Course. IFS@CU collaborating programs are continuing to offer services as well as training courses. Read our Annual Report (see below) to learn more about programming and services the Cornell Food Science Extension Programs offered in 2020.

The best way to reach the IFS@CU team is via email:

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.

Food Safety in the News

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New guide helps farmers navigate food safety regulations

Aug 31, 2021

The Midwest-based Artisan Grain Collaborative (AGC) and the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) at Vermont Law School released a new guide for food-grade grain farmers and processors on FSMA's Preventive Controls for Human Food rule.

FDA, Mexican counterparts report on food safety partnership

Aug 24, 2021

Marking an important milestone in food safety, the first Food Safety Partnership Annual Meeting was held on August 20, 2021 with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and its regulatory counterparts in Mexico. Their four strategic priorities include: 1) foodborne illness prevention, 2) enhanced coordination for outbreak response, 3) regulatory laboratory coordination and 4) food safety training opportunities for industry.

Dr. Elizabeth Bihn Receives the Elmer Marth Educator Award

Jul 22, 2021

The Elmer Marth Educator Award was presented to Dr. Elizabeth (Betsy) Bihn, Director of the Produce Safety Alliance and IFS@CU's Executive Director, at this year's International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) 2021 Annual Meeting. This award recognizes her dedication, exceptional contributions, and outstanding service to public education in food safety and food protection. Congratulations, Betsy!

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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.