IFT Comments

IFT Comments to NRC Committee on AFRI

June 3, 2013
IFT provided comments to the National Research Council’s Committee on a Review of the USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative. IFT’s perspective conveyed the integral role that food science plays in the development and delivery of safe, nutritious, healthy, tasty, and affordable foods that can meet the needs of the growing population. IFT strongly urged NIFA to consider the benefits of including food science-related research when future RFA priority areas are developed. (Read more)

Comments to the Food Standards Australia and New Zealand on P293 focused on Nutrition, Health, and Related Claims

April 2, 2012
IFT submitted comments to Food Standards Australia and New Zealand on P293 on Nutrition, Health, and Related Claims. Specifically, IFT explained how food scientists and technologists are working to make significant strides in reducing the amount of saturated fatty acids and also reducing or eliminating industrial trans fatty acids. IFT requested Food Standards Australia and New Zealand consider a claim regarding monounsaturated fatty acids and the reduction of LDL in the context of a diet low in saturated fatty acids. We acknowledged we are not aware of evidence to support the hypothesis that consumers are purchasing foods of lower nutritional quality because they are misled by fat-free or % fat free claims. IFT explained how the combination of various fats and oils contributes to functionality in a wide variety of food formulations, as well as the contribution to nutritional and health outcomes. (Read more)

Comments to WHO on their Draft Review and Update of Current WHO Guidelines on Saturated Fatty-Acids and Trans-Fatty Acid Consumption

March 16, 2012
IFT submitted comments on WHO on their Draft Review and Update of Current WHO Guidelines on Saturated Fatty-Acids and Trans-Fatty Acid Consumption. IFT emphasized further work is needed to understand both the positive and negative contributions of various fatty acids. IFT also emphasized WHO should recognize the importance of food science and technology components to more effectively establish realistic and feasible guidelines on fatty acids the general population can practically and financially adhere to. For trans-fatty acid consumption specifically, IFT recommended future research examine the scientific and technological opportunities and obstacles to further reduce or eliminate trans-fatty acids in the food supply, particularly in dairy and meat products. (Read more)

IFT Comments to AFRI to Enhance to the Competitive Program

March 1, 2012
IFT submitted written comments to Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) as follow-up to the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Stakeholder Listening Session held on February 22nd. In an effort to enhance the competitive program, IFT submitted comments for consideration in the development of future AFRI program solicitations. IFT, along with research universities and major food companies, are very concerned to see the lack of funding opportunities, for many areas considered highly important among food scientists.  (Read more)

Comments to WHO on Draft Guidelines on Potassium and Sodium Intake for Adults and Children

February 28, 2012
IFT submitted comments on WHO Draft Guidelines on Potassium and Sodium Intake for Adults and Children. IFT emphasized further work is needed to understand the food science behind innovations and challenges to reducing dietary sodium while also improving potassium availability in the food supply. (Read more)

Comments to FDA/FSIS on Approaches to Reducing Sodium Consumption

January 30, 2012
IFT provided written comments to FDA/FSIS focused on (1) Sodium Reduction Technological Innovations & Challenges; (2) Monitoring Sodium Content for Assessing Sodium Reduction Initiatives; (3) Establishing & Meeting Voluntary Sodium Reduction Targets; & (4) Communications Crossroads: Government, Food Industry & Consumers. IFT emphasized the importance of investing in food science and technology research and development to stimulate meaningful, safe, and sustainable impacts on sodium intake in the United States.  (Read more)

Public Access to Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Publications Resulting from Federally Funded Research

December 21, 2011
In this written commentary, IFT provides insights to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on the current system for handling and releasing federally-funded research in peer-reviewed journals and the potential ramifications of open access policies. (Read more)

Challenges and Opportunities in Creating Lower Sodium Products

November 10, 2011
IFT provided oral comments at the HHS/USDA Joint Public Meeting on Approaches to Reducing Sodium Consumption on Thursday, November 10, 2011. IFT will also submit written comments to FDA/FSIS by November 29, 2011. Please contact Sheila at sfleischhacker@ift.org if you would like to learn more or provide insights on creating lower sodium products.  (Read more)

Comments to APHIS/USDA on Soybean Genetically Engineered for Modified Fatty Acid Profile and Glyphosate Tolerance

August 30, 2011
Docket No. APHIS-2011-0046 (Monsanto Co.; Availability of Petition, Plant Pest Risk Assessment, and Environmental Assessment for Determination of Nonregulated Status for Soybean Genetically Engineered to Have a Modified Fatty Acid Profile and for Tolerance to the Herbicide Glyphosate). IFT acknowledges that recombinant DNA techniques applied to foods hold potential for benefits that are advantageous for consumers, food manufacturers, and the environment.  (Read more)

IFT Comments to Interagency Working Group on Food Marketed to Children

July 14, 2011
IFT recognizes the critical value of improving children’s diets and addressing the high rates of childhood obesity. We commend the Interagency Working Group for seeking public comment on the preliminary proposal for voluntary principles to guide industry self-regulatory efforts to improve the nutritional profile of foods marketed to children, and offer the following responses to select specific questions posed in the Working Group's preliminary proposal. (Read more)