James R. Coughlin Chosen as Institute of Food Technologists Fellow

May 4, 2009



James R. Coughlin Chosen as Institute of Food Technologists Fellow

Chicago, IL - James R. Coughlin, President, at Coughlin & Associates, was elected Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Fellow in 2009 for his leadership and contributions in national and international aspects of food and nutritional toxicology, risk assessment, scientific communication and regulatory affairs, covering food products, additives and contaminants. 

Fellow is a unique professional distinction conferred on individuals with outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience for their contributions to the food science and technology field. The nominee must have been an IFT Member for 15 years and a Professional Member at the time of nomination. The 15-year member requirement may be waived by the Fellows Jury for those nominees who have spent all or a portion of their careers outside the United States.

For more than a decade Coughlin managed external toxicology, safety and regulatory affairs for Armour Foods, General Foods and Kraft Foods.  He has been a key participant in the assessment and management of the California Proposition 65 law and regulations for over 20 years.  Coughlin’s service to IFT has included three terms as Chair of the Toxicology and Safety Evaluation Division, FDA-contracted Food Defense activities and representation of IFT at Codex meetings on food additives and contaminants. Coughlin has served as President of the Association for Science and Information on Coffee and as Vice President of the International Society for Trace Element Research in Humans.

IFT has conferred the Fellow designation on a select number of Professional Members every year since 1970.



About IFT
Founded in 1939, the Institute of Food Technologists is a nonprofit scientific society with more than 20,000 individual members working in food science, food technology, and related professions in industry, academia, and government. IFT serves as a conduit for multidisciplinary science thought leadership, championing the use of sound science through knowledge sharing, education, and advocacy. For more information on IFT, visit www.ift.org.