Sen. Schumer at Cornell Today to Push For Federal Partnership
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer is touring the Cornell campus today where he plans to announce plans to urge the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to partner with Cornell University on a national scale in a joint effort to boost research and training programs for dairy safety and quality.
Schumer will explain that the USDA and FDA fund many food-related initiatives and centers throughout the country, and will call on the agencies to explore a partnership with Cornell on matters of dairy safety and quality. Cornell’s dairy program already has a national reputation, the University has just completed a new state-of-the-art dairy processing plant designed for research and training.
Schumer says a federal partnership could help streamline and facilitate joint research. In addition, Schumer will call on FDA and USDA to help identify grant and funding opportunities to support the work done at Cornell.
Schumer points to the recent bacterial infection in foreign dairy powders, as another reason to create a federal partnership with Cornell, to enhance the nation’s capacity to respond to such crises.