IFT Comments


IFT Comments on the Process of Developing Future Editions of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans

February 19, 2016
IFT provided oral comments at the listening session to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The purpose of the listening session was to receive input from stakeholders on the process of developing future editions of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. IFT addressed the need for a food scientist and technologists on the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and urged USDA to ensure that food scientist(s) and technologist(s) are part of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee in the future. (Read more)

IFT Global Food Traceability Center (GFTC) Comments to Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud Action Plan for Implementing Recommendations 14/15: Determining Types of Information and Operational Standards Related to Data Collection

July 31, 2015
IFT GFTC urged development of effective traceability requirements for all species, and use of risk-based principles to prioritize enforcement and compliance. Recommendations were also provided on how to adopt and measure risk factors associated with traceability, and for capacity building for small and mid-sized enterprises and certified training for authorities and inspectors.
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IFT GFTC Comments to Presidential Task Force Action Plan Recommendations 14/15 on Principles of Identifying Species “At Risk” of IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud

June 8, 2015
IFT GFTC urged development of effective traceability requirements for all species, and use of risk-based principles to prioritize enforcement and compliance. Recommendations were also provided on how to adopt and measure risk factors associated with traceability, and for capacity building for small and mid-sized enterprises and certified training for authorities and inspectors.
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IFT Comments on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report

May 8, 2015
IFT urges the Department of Health and Human Services, (DHHS), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to seek input from food scientists and technologists in the development of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and its implementation in various federal, state and local food and nutrition policies and programs, to ensure that the guidelines are practical, realistic, and achievable.  IFT welcomes the opportunity to participate in a strategic public/private dialogue on the development of a collaborative effort to identify practical solutions to implement the 2015 Dietary Guidelines.  Further, IFT also urges DHHS and USDA to engage food scientists and technologists in the development of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines and the guidance planned for the birth to 24 months age segment.
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IFT GFTC Comments on Implementing Presidential Taskforce Recommendations on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing & Seafood Fraud

January 20, 2015
IFT GFTC addresses how to most effectively implement the recommendations from the Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud
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IFT Comments to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

June 12, 2014
IFT urges the Department of Health and Human Services, (DHHS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) to invite food scientists and food technologists to the discussions during the 2015 Dietary Guidelines deliberations, and brings to the attention of the Committee the American Society for Nutrition’s scientific statement on “Processed foods: Contributions to nutrition.” (Read more)

IFT Comments on the Draft Framework and Outline for the US Government Global Nutrition Coordination Plan

June 3, 2014
IFT submitted comments on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Draft Framework and Outline for the U.S. Government Global Nutrition Coordination Plan (Read more)

Comments on the WHO Draft Guideline: Sugars Intake for Adults and Children

March 31, 2014
IFT submitted comments on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) draft guideline on sugars. The WHO recommends that the guideline can be “used to develop a strategy to reformulate food products, in particular processed food products that are high in sugars.”  (Read more)

IFT’s Immediate Past President John Ruff’s Presentation to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

March 14, 2014
The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Immediate Past President John Ruff presented at the third meeting of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) on March 14 at the National Institutes of Health.  (Read more)

IFT comments to the FDA on Clinical Investigators, Sponsors, and Institutional Review Boards: Investigational New Drug Applications (IND)

November 26, 2013
IFT submitted joint comments (American Academy of Pediatrics, American Society for Nutrition, American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, International Life Sciences Institute North America, International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics, North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition), to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expressing concern that the food and nutrition research community was not given an opportunity to review and provide input on guidance related to “Conventional Food and Studies Intended to Support a Health Claim” before the final IND guidance was issued. (Read more)