Institute of Food Technologists Announces New Certified Food Scientists

October 21, 2014

CHICAGO–The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is proud to announce that an additional 45 professionals are now Certified Food Scientists (CFS) after meeting the eligibility requirements and passing the exam this past August. These include professionals that represent a wide variety of food science and technology roles from organizations such as Kraft, Nestlé Canada, Innova Flavors, and Rutgers University.  

View a list of the 45 new certificants.

There are now a total of 1,586 Certified Food Scientists in 866 organizations from 55 countries around the world. These include ingredient and consumer packaged goods companies, universities, consultancies, government agencies, and many more. All 18 of the 2013 Fortune 500 companies categorized as either Beverage or Food Consumer Goods companies have Certified Food Scientists on staff.

The CFS program acknowledges the applied skills of food scientists, complements both academic and work experience, and ultimately, helps demonstrate the professions’ commitment to safe, nutritious and plentiful food for consumers.  In order to obtain a CFS, a candidate must meet the eligibility requirements and take an exam comprised of 120 multiple choice questions in the following content areas:
  • Product Development
  • Quality Assurance and Quality Control
  • Food Chemistry and Food Analysis
  • Regulatory
  • Food Microbiology
  • Food Safety
  • Food Engineering
  • Sensory Evaluation and Consumer Testing

The International Food Science Certification Commission (IFSCC), an independent, third-party certification body within IFT, oversees the testing, governance and policymaking of the CFS program. The IFSCC ensures the autonomy of the CFS program and provides appropriate oversight of the certification process.  The CFS program governance, exam creation and administration are designed to meet standards of internationally-recognized certification programs – the International Standards Organization (ISO) 17024 standard for personnel certification programs.


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About IFT

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Institute of Food Technologists. Since its founding in 1939, IFT has been committed to advancing the science of food. Our non-profit scientific society—more than 18,000 members from more than 100 countries—brings together food scientists, technologists and related professionals from academia, government and industry. For more information, please visit

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