Schumer pushes dairy safety, training at Cornell

By Dave Sherry

September 4, 2013 Updated Sep 4, 2013 at 10:11 AM EDT

Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., discussed his plan to make Cornell University a center for excellence in dairy safety.

"We do have some food safety centers of excellence in other areas, but we don't in dairy, and today I'm suggesting and am going to put my efforts into making Cornell the national center for dairy safety in America," Schumer said.

He says Cornell has the strongest dairy program in the state and deserves the recognition and opportunity to lead the nation in safety protocol.

"Cornell is the essential cog in the wheel of our upstate agriculture industry and now we can take all the good work you do in New York State and spread it on a much more national level," he added.

Schumer says cooperation between the university and the federal government could establish concise safety measures.

"It would facilitate joint research ventures between the government and Cornell, it would see that Cornell's groundbreaking research is brought much more quickly to the national stage and the federal regulators who set standards for dairy safety techniques and best practices could learn a thing or two from all of you," the Senator said.

With food-borne illness and worker safety concerns always at the forefront, Schumer believes that it's necessary to have an organization lead the way in protecting this multibillion-dollar industry.