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CFVC Personnel

This page contains the contact information for the Cornell Food Venture Centers located in Geneva and Brooklyn, NY.

Cornell Food Venture Center Personnel

Dr. Olga Padilla-Zakour

Director/Process Authority
Phone: 315-787-2255

Dr. Bruno Xavier

Senior Extension Associate/Process Authority
Phone: 315-787-2280

Dr. Ann Charles Vegdahl (FVC@NYC)

Extension Associate/Process Authority

Ms. Shannon Prozeller

Extension Support Specialist
Phone: 315-787-2273

Ms. Cynthia James, MSFS

Extension Support Specialist
Phone: 315-787-2622

Ms. Sue Brightman

Extension Aide II
Phone: 315-787-2281

*Please send all samples to the Food Venture Center and be sure to ship it overnight or priority mail at the beginning of the week to ensure that it arrives before the weekend.

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.