A Collaborative Community
On September 18, 2009, IFT was awarded a third five-year contract with the FDA. The work on this new contract, relating to food protection, has been initiated. Task Order 1 has two major parts: "Factors of a Food Product(s) or Ingredient(s) Which Heighten the Risk for Intentional Contamination" and "Use of the CARVER+Shock Software (version 2) for Conducting Vulnerability Assessments."
IFT/ASN/IFIC Food Science and Nutrition Solutions Advisory Panel
IFT continues to play a lead role in the Food Science and Nutrition Solutions Advisory Panel, which includes the American Society for Nutrition and the International Food Information Council. The group recently developed a three-year strategic plan. Its mission is to raise awareness of the interface of food science and nutrition, and design actions to demonstrate the impact of food and nutrition sciences to improve public health. The overall goals of the 3-year plan are to raise awareness and educate target audiences relating to the interface of food science and nutrition, identify and promote research related to the interface of food science and nutrition that addresses important and timely issues and opportunities, position the societies (IFT/ASN/IFIC) that make up this unique collaboration as leading voices in bringing the realities of the interface between food science and nutrition to food policy discussions.
National Research Initiative
For the second year, the National Research Initiative (NRI) program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) held its project director’s meeting on Friday, June 5, 2009, in conjunction with the IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo. The director’s meeting provides a forum to project directors for networking, assessing the progress and direction of projects, apprising directors of the awards management process, and obtaining feedback on science direction.
New in 2009, the NRI program offered a sunrise session on the USDA’s expectations for proposals and a scientific session covering the best of NRI grant research.