With its state-of-the-art facilities, expertise and extensive extension and training network, Cornell University is positioned to be a national center of excellence in dairy and food safety, according to Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).

In a September 3, 2013 press conference, Schumer promised to put his political muscle behind the effort to give Cornell official federal recognition for its efforts by lobbying leaders of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The designation would be the first of its kind supporting the dairy industry.