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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, March 2, 2021 | 1:00 to 2:00 pm (EST)

Please save-the-date for the next session of Food Industry Virtual Office Hours. The New York Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence and the IFS@CU are hosting a facilitated discussion and Q&A, where a panel of experts in sanitation, epidemiology, virology, and food safety will address questions related to COVID-19.

Intended audience: Open to anyone in the food industry from farm to fork.
Cost: Free
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. Martin Wiedmann, Gellert Family Professor in Food Safety 

Invited Panelists
Dr. Ruth Petran, CFS, Ruth Petran Consulting, LLC.
Dr. Kalmia Kniel, Professor of Animal and Food Sciences, University of Delaware

International Virtual Office Hours

We have launched a series of International Virtual Office Hours with collaborators in Bangladesh, Kenya, Nepal, and Senegal. For more information including sessions currently scheduled, please visit the International Resources section of our website.

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Week of March 1, 2021

In this episode, Dr. Aljosa Trmcic, Dairy Extension Associate at Cornell University, discusses the latest vaccine approved for use in the U.S. and explains why wearing face coverings and maintaining social distance are still important practices after being fully vaccinated.

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Semana de Marzo 1, 2021

En este episodio Karen Ospina resuelve algunas inquietudes acerca del porque tenemos que usar cubierta facial después de ser vacunados.

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.