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Food Safety Pilot Plant (BSL2)


The 2,200 square-foot food safety pilot plant is certified for use with Biosafety Level 2 human pathogens. The space is designed to be versatile, incorporating drop-down utilities and the potential for enclosure. The building has a loading dock with leveler, the BSL2 space has 15' clear high bay space, and can fit equipment as wide as 7'-11". We are seeking partnerships with industry to conduct food safety research projects and evaluate commercial equipment and processes. The facility is designed for challenge and validation studies in a controlled environment.


  • Utilities incuding chilled water, vacuum, air, natural gas, steam, CO2, N2
  • Biosafety cabinets
  • Recirculating brine chiller
  • Stainless preparation tables
  • Stainless 3 compartment sink
  • Refrigerated delicase
  • Incubators
  • UV light system
  • Oven/Smokehouse
  • Pilot scale dry steam sterilization chamber
  • Pilot scale ethylene oxide fumigation chamber
  • Pass through sterilizer

Contact Information

Monica Ponder
(540) 231-5031
HABB1 Building (0924)
1230 Washington St.,SW
Blacksburg, VA 24061