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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

Monday, November 30, 2020 | 10:30 to 11:30 am (EST)

The New York Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence and the IFS@CU invites you to attend a facilitated Q&A to address questions from the food industry on COVID-19. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak directly to subject matter experts in sanitation, epidemiology, microbiology, virology, food safety culture, and the food safety of dairy foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, and processed foods and beverages.

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:
Dr. Sam Alcaine, Assistant Professor of Food Science (Moderator)
Dr. Elizabeth Bihn, Senior Extension Associate of Food Science
Dr. Olga Padilla-Zakour, Professor of Food Science
Dr. Aljosa Trmcic, Extension Associate of Food Science
Dr. Randy Worobo, Professor of Food Science
Dr. Martin Wiedmann, Gellert Family Professor in Food Safety

Ecolab, Inc.:
Dr. Ruth Petran, Senior Corporate Scientist in Food Safety & Public Health

University of Delaware:
Dr. Kalmia Kniel, Professor of Animal and Food Sciences

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Week of November 23, 2020

In this episode of the 'Coronavirus Update,' Dr. Aljosa Trmcic, Extension Associate in the Department of Food Science at Cornell University, provides you with what you need to know about celebrating Thanksgiving during a pandemic. He provides both measures you should take to limit the spread of COVID-19 and food safety tips to keep in mind as you cook and enjoy your Thanksgiving Day feast.

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.