IFT Comments

Comments to the National Organic Standards Board on Nutrient Vitamins and Minerals

April 8, 2011
IFT supports the NOSB Handling Committee’s recommendation that calls for renewal of the allowance in organic foods of vitamins, minerals, and materials as required or allowed by law to enrich, supplement, or fortify foods including infant formula. (Read more)

Comments to FDA on the GRAS Notification Proposed Rule

March 28, 2011
IFT supports the proposed voluntary notification procedure, which has been in effective use under the framework of the 1997 proposed rule since its issuance. (Read more)

IFT Letter to Miles V. McEvoy of the National Organic Program

March 23, 2011
IFT encouraged the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture to carefully consider the potential for nanotechnology and other scientific and technical advancements that could positively impact organic food production, processing, and packaging to meet the food and nutrition needs of our growing global population. IFT also urged the National Organic Program and the National Organic Standards Board to consider the best available science in making decisions about nanotechnology for the organic food industry, and offered to serve as a scientific and technical resource. (Read more)

IFT Comments to the FDA Food Advisory Committee

March 22, 2011
Given the rigorous safety evaluation that color additives undergo and the lack of scientific evidence for a link with adverse behavior, IFT’s viewpoint is that food color additives present very little risk or effectively no risk for the vast majority of consumers. (Read more)

IFT provides comments on FDA’s recordkeeping and records access requirements for food facilities

March 14, 2011
Based on the work IFT has conducted in the area of product tracing, which is related to recordkeeping, IFT was pleased to submit commits concurring that the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of FDA's functions. This information does have practical utility, but information pertaining to product transformations also needs to be considered to ensure comprehensive internal traceability. (Read more)

IFT Provides Comments on FDA’s FY 2011-2015 Strategic Priorities

October 29, 2010
IFT commends the FDA on development of the draft Fiscal Year 2011-2015 Strategic Priorities Document, and appreciates the opportunity to comment on such an important and critical initiative. IFT is supportive of the strategic goals, long-term objectives and desired public health outcomes for food safety, as well as dietary practices and nutrition, outlined in the draft Strategic Priorities Document. IFT strongly encourages the FDA to quickly identify the tactical approaches necessary to implement the strategic priorities outlined in this draft document. There should be a real sense of urgency in implementing the strategic priorities that will benefit all Americans. (Read more)

IFT Provides Comment to National Organic Standards Board

October 12, 2010
IFT’s comments to the NOSB address the nanotechnology recommendation of NOSB’s Materials Committee. IFT encouraged careful consideration of the potential for nanotechnology in organic food production, processing, and packaging, given the critical need for additional scientific and technological advancements to sustainably meet future food needs. IFT offered its resources should the NOSB undertake further dialog on the topic.  (Read more)

IFT Provides Oral Comments to CDC/FDA/USDA on Measuring Food Safety

July 21, 2010
Founded in 1939, IFT is a nonprofit scientific society with individual members working in food science, food technology, and related professions in industry, academia, and government. IFT champions the use of science across the food value chain through knowledge sharing, education, and advocacy, encouraging the exchange of information, providing educational opportunities, and furthering the advancement of the profession. We thank you for the opportunity to provide comment on Measuring Progress on Food Safety: Current Status and Future Directions. (Read more)

IFT Submits Comments on 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) Report

July 9, 2010
IFT commends the members of DGAC on their report which is a thought-provoking call-to-action to address obesity; highlights an energy-balanced and nutrient dense total diet; suggests a flexible approach to total diet which can serve as a guide for Americans to successfully achieve healthier weights since it incorporates consumers’ taste and food preferences with their needs for healthier eating; and utilized USDA’s Nutrition Evidence Library to ensure that diet and nutrition-related recommendations are evidence-based.  (Read more)

IFT submits comments to NIFA regarding AFRI funding

June 7, 2010
The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is writing in response to Docket Number NIFA-2010-0001 regarding Solicitation of Input From Stakeholders Regarding the Agriculture and Food Initiative (AFRI). IFT appreciates the opportunity to comment. (Read more)