New Brunswick, N.J. (April 13, 2020) – Food safety certificate courses offered by Rutgers’ Food Innovation Center are now available via interactive virtual training, including face-to-face video conferencing.

Specialty food industry manufacturers, retailers, distributors and individuals across the food supply chain are busier than ever in response to the rising demand for groceries due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So, for the next several months, virtual, interactive classes are available for training, and customized group food safety training for companies and organizations is also available.

Expert trainers at the Food Innovation Center in Bridgeton, New Jersey – part of Rutgers’ New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station – are led by food microbiologist Donna Schaffner, associate director of food safety, quality assurance and training.

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To interview Schaffner, contact Diane Holtaway, associate director of marketing at the Food Innovation Center, at 856-459-1900, ext. 4514, or [email protected]  


Broadcast interviews: Rutgers University has broadcast-quality TV and radio studios available for remote live or taped interviews with Rutgers experts. For more information, contact Neal Buccino at [email protected]

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