Cornell Debuts COVID-19 Website for Food Manufacturers

March 23, 2020

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Cornell Debuts COVID-19 Website for Food Manufacturers
Cornell University launched a new website for food manufacturers to access safety information on COVID-19. Image courtesy of Pixabay

Cornell University’s Institute for Food Safety has launched a new website, Food Industry Resources for Coronavirus (COVID-19), that aims to provide comprehensive practical safety information for food processing plants that are continuing to operate during the outbreak, the university announced Friday.

“We’re trying to prevent miscommunication, misinformation, and industry personnel not knowing what to do,” Olga Padilla-Zakour, professor of food science and director of the Cornell Food Venture Center, told the Cornell Chronicle. “We want to make sure that food manufacturing is safe and following proper practices to mitigate any risks.”

The website includes a COVID-19 risk management strategy checklist, encompassing technical measures like assessing the supply of cleaning supplies and disinfectants on site, and organizational measures such as the establishment of staff meetings to discuss COVID-19 control strategies. 

Cornell’s informational hub also has links to general industry guidance on COVID-19 published by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), guidance on social distancing and hand hygiene, research showing there is no evidence of food-related transmission, and other resources. 

“Our goal with the COVID-19 resources website was to curate key information in one place,” said Sam Alcaine, an assistant professor of food science who drafted the website’s copy, “and to provide access to Cornell faculty and experts for up-to-date industry-specific questions.”

Food safety experts will hold virtual office hours to interface with food manufacturers and answer questions on coronavirus. 

For more information, click here to go to Cornell’s website. 

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