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Join us for a Q&A and facilitated discussion to address questions on COVID-19 during our Food Industry Virtual Office Hours. Speak directly to Cornell University food safety experts in dairy, fresh fruits and vegetables, and processed foods and beverages. See below for dates/times and information to join the sessions.

Please Note: We will now host Food Industry Virtual Office Hours on a monthly basis. As a reminder, if you need immediate assistance with challenges related to COVID-19, you can reach out directly to our experts (contact information is located in the sidebar of this page).

For other upcoming events as well as past recordings visit our Podcasts & Webinars page.

Food Industry Virtual Office Hours

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 | 12:00 to 1:00 pm (EDT)

Join the IFS@CU and the New York Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence for our next session of Food Industry Virtual Office Hours. As we begin to recover from the latest wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the US, we plan to broaden our discussions during virtual office hours. In addition to addressing questions and challenges related to COVID-19, we will begin to focus on other food safety issues impacting the food industry.

This upcoming session will focus on food supply chain disruptions and the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rule on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for importers of foods. Dr. Donald Prater, FDA's Associate Commissioner for Imported Food Safety, will give a short presentation, before joining a panel of experts who will address audience questions during a moderated Q&A.

Do you have a question for the panel but do not want to ask it live? You can submit questions in advance when you register, anonymously by clicking here, or via email ( Food Industry Virtual Office Hours are free and open to anyone in the food industry from farm to fork.

Registration Required:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information to join the session.

Subject Matter Experts who will Address Questions:

Cornell University Panelists:
Sam Alcaine, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Food Science (Moderator)
Betsy Bihn, Ph.D., Senior Extension Associate of Food Science
Aljosa Trmcic, Ph.D., Extension Associate of Food Science
Martin Wiedmann, Ph.D., Gellert Family Professor of Food Safety
Randy Worobo, Ph.D., Professor of Food Science

Invited External Panelists:
Kalmia Kniel, Ph.D., Professor of Animal and Food Sciences, University of Delaware
Ruth Petran, Ph.D., CFS, Ruth Petran Consulting, LLC.
Donald Prater, D.V.M., Associate Commissioner for Imported Food Safety, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of Food Policy and Response

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Week of August 23, 2021

In this episode, Dr. Aljosa Trmcic, Dairy Extension Associate of Food Science at Cornell University, discusses the current state of COVID-19 in the US and what food facilities can do to increase employee vaccination rates.

Submit an Anonymous Question

Want to ask our panel a question at one of our upcoming office hours? Submit an anonymous question here.

Please note: Questions submitted anonymously can only be addressed during office hours, as no contact information is provided when questions are submitted. If you would like a response via email, you must submit questions to


Food Industry Office Hours is supported in part by USDA NIFA AFRI Grant NO: 2020-68006-32875/ Accession no. 1024254 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these office hours are those of the participant(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.