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CFVC Origin

The Cornell Food Venture Center  (CFVC) began operations in 1988 under the direction of Dr. Donald Downing, was an extension program of the Department of Food Science & Technology at Cornell University funded by New York State. Today, the CFVC provides technical assistance and product validations for food manufacturing to food entrepreneurs and food companies by drawing on Cornell experts in Food Science with partnership with the FDA and USDA. In 2016, the CFVC responded to more than 7,000 inquiries for assistance on marketing food products. 541 Food Entrepreneurs needed safety evaluations on more than  1,300 specialty products and processes for commercial production. The center's laboratory analyzed over 1,700 samples of food prototypes to address their safety and technological feasibility.

Important Message Regarding COVID-19

Updates regarding COVID-19
We are happy to announce that The Cornell Food Venture Center laboratory is RE-OPENING! CFVC will officially be accepting samples as of June 15th.

Cornell University is closely monitoring the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and has been taking proactive measures to prevent the spread of the virus.   The physical office of the Cornell Food Venture Center has been closed since mid-March and our services have been limited; however, our team has been working from remote locations throughout this time to continuously address industry food safety needs.  The university has now approved a plan for the Food Venture Center to open on a restrictive basis starting June 15th.   To ensure the health and safety of our staff, colleagues and community we will only be on-site to perform lab analyses; all other work will continue to operate from remote locations until further notice.  Again, we will be accepting new samples for lab analysis, however all in-person meetings and workshops are postponed until further notice.

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.