The New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva is receiving $600,000 in state funding for new food processing equipment.
The Ithaca Journal reports the money was used to purchase a Hiperbaric 55 High Pressure Processing machine, which uses high pressure instead of high temperatures to eliminate food-borne pathogens.
Officials say the new machine, unveiled Monday, will bring a higher quality to foods in addition to enhanced safety through its more effective elimination of germs.
The technology will be beneficial for the grape industry in addition to producers of dairy products.
Cornell President Elizabeth Garrett says the machine will enable researchers to "open new frontiers for food safety."