Medical Foods

Our content on medical foods is intended to be an educational resource for key regulatory, scientific, practitioner, and consumer stakeholders.  We identify the latest science and best practices for developing medical foods.  In the United States, medical foods defines a narrow category of products that align with a statutory definition such as but not limited to specially formulated and processed products for the partial or exclusive feeding of a patient through oral intake or enteral feeding by tube or a product intended for the dietary management of a patient who because of therapeutic or chronic medical needs has limited or impaired capacity to ingest, digest, absorb, or metabolize ordinary foodstuffs or certain nutrients.  From an international perspective, the Codex Alimentarius uses "foods for special medical purposes" instead of "medical foods" but this name describes a similar category of foods.  Please contact Will Fisher at 202-330-4977 or wfisher@ift.org to learn more about IFT’s contributions to medical foods.