IFT and FAO Form Partnership to Address Global Food System Needs

February 2, 2012

CHICAGO—With mutual efforts towards achieving a safe, sufficient, and accessible food supply, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) have signed a "Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)".

The objective of the FAO—IFT MOU is to facilitate cooperation between FAO and IFT in preventing and redressing the increasing risks associated with food safety and quality and their impact on public health and consumer protection.

Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO's efforts–to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. FAO's mandate is to raise levels of nutrition, improve agricultural productivity, better the lives of rural populations and contribute to the growth of the world economy. Food safety is central to global food security and FAO's program of work includes building legal and institutional frameworks at the country level, supporting the use of science and risk-based approaches in food control activities, and enhancing the capacities of operators along the food chain.

Additional information about FAO's food safety and food quality activities can be found at http://www.fao.org/food/food-safety-quality/home-page/en/

"We are proud and honored to be able to offer IFT's collective scientific and technical expertise as a resource to FAO," said IFT Executive Vice President Barbara Byrd Keenan. "This partnership brings us closer to achieving our common goal of achieving a safe and more abundant global food supply." Cooperative activities covered by the MOU include the following:

  • Identifying individuals for consideration in food safety, quality, and security-related expert rosters
  • Collaborating within the organization and implementation of conferences, seminars and workshops related to food safety, emerging technologies, food science and nutrition
  • Assisting with education curriculum development, review of university food science and nutrition programs in developing countries
  • Facilitating development and providing scientific input on background papers, scientific perspectives and documents
  • Providing timely responses on public policy and regulatory issues relating to and affecting the global food supply

IFT members who are interested in being considered as contributors to specific work initiatives or for volunteer positions should contact William Fisher, IFT Vice President of Science Policy and Initiatives at 202-330-4977 or wfisher@ift.org

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About IFT
The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is a nonprofit scientific society. Our individual members are professionals engaged in food science, food technology, and related professions in industry, academia, and government. IFT's mission is to advance the science of food, and our long-range vision is to ensure a safe and abundant food supply, contributing to healthier people everywhere.

For more than 70 years, the IFT has been unlocking the potential of the food science community by creating a dynamic global forum where members from more than 100 countries can share, learn, and grow. We champion the use of sound science across the food value chain through the exchange of knowledge, by providing education, and by furthering the advancement of the profession. IFT has offices in Chicago, Illinois and Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit ift.org.