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Empire Farm Days



Welcome to the Cornell Food Venture Center

Visit our LINK ABOVE for instructions and the submission form needed to request a product review and safety validation.

We provide assistance to ensure safety and stability of food products entering the marketplace including:

  • Lab Analysis for pH, water activity, and Brix of food and beverage products
  • Process Authority approval and Scheduled Process: Product Review, Documentation, and Process Validation
  • Resources for Nutrition Analysis, Co-packers, Packaging Suppliers, Shelf-Life Studies, and More!
  • Regulatory Compliance: Registration and Licensing with State and FDA agencies
  • Small Scale Food Entrepreneurship: A Technical Guide for Food Ventures
  • Better Process Control School: Necessary certification for Acidified and Low Acid Food manufacturers
  • Presentations and workshops: Interested? Contact Shannon Prozeller
Service New York State Business Non New York State Business
Client Registration $30 one time fee $55 one time fee
Laboratory Analysis Only $25 per sample/per test $38 per sample/per test
Analysis and Review Only $40 per product $75 per product
Scheduled Process $85 per product $150 per product
Scheduled Process version* $40 per product $75 per product
Scheduled Process for Meat $135 per product $220 per product
Scheduled Process Meat version* $65 per product $105 per product
Amendments $40 per product $75 per product
Vacuum Pack Letter/Hazard Analysis $165 per product $250 per product
Heat Penetration Study $360 per product size $600 per product size
Classification/Shelf Life Letter $75 per product $115 per product

*Scheduled Process Versions are slight modifications to a formulation to create another product. Example: Mild Salsa and Hot Salsa

Our current turnaround time is about 4-6 weeks for processing. Expedited services are available for an additional fee upon request.

Important Message Regarding COVID-19

Cornell University has closely monitored the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The health, safety and well-being of our community is our top priority, and we are working closely with local and state public health officials. Cornell has decided to take a series of proactive measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, including the move to remote work for all employees, effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020 until further notice. As a result, we will be limiting the services provided by the Cornell Food Venture Center, effective immediately. We will send analytical results for any samples received on or before Friday, March 13. We will no longer be accepting new samples, and all in-person meetings and workshops are postponed until further notice. We expect to be available by phone and email during this time. Services that can be performed without the need of laboratory support (including scheduled processes for products manufactured by companies equipped to do their own testing or provided by external laboratories) will continue. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes, as we know this is already a challenging time for you all. Please refer to the IFS Website for up-to-date information.

Please stay safe, and we will continue to support you to the best of our ability.