Cornell Center for Dairy Safety?
September 3, 2013
ITHACA -- (WENY) Senator Schumer had the first ever tour of Stocking Hall, Cornell University's new state of the art dairy processing plant. He wants to make this plant the center for dairy safety in America.
"This would create great economic growth for upstate and it begins right here at Cornell," said Senator Schumer.
He made a special visit to the University to push for a partnership between Cornell and the Federal Food and Drug Administration and the US Department of Agriculture. In a joint effort to boost research and training programs for dairy safety and quality.
He added, "I've come here today to pledge to you that I'm going to put my muscle to make this happen."
Dairy farming is one of New York's most important agricultural industries. Employing over 20,000 people on more than 5,000 farms throughout the state. Schumer said dairy safety is a serious issue. And research in food safety always changing.
"It's time we have a national one stop shop for dairy farmers to turn to when it comes to accessing top notch information, resources and training when it comes to safety," Schumer added.
A partnership with Cornell would provide the nation with its first ever dedicated research and training facility for the dairy industry and create economic growth.
Kathryn Boor, Dean of Agriculture and Life Sciences, "in providing the research and technical outreach from the farm all the way through to the consumer product in terms of manufacturing foods that are wholesome, that are safe and that are also delicious."
Schumer also asked the FDA and USDA for more grants to support the work done at Cornell.