IFT Comments


IFT Comments on the Use of the Term 'Healthy' in the Labeling of Human Food Products

April 26, 2017
IFT provided written comments to specific questions posed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the “Use of the term 'Healthy' in the Labeling of Human Food Products.”  (Read more)

IFT Comments on the Process of Developing Future Editions of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans

January 10, 2017
IFT provided oral testimony at the third meeting on the review of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans held by the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine on January 10. (Read more)

IFT comments on FDA’s draft voluntary guidance on sodium

November 30, 2016
IFT submitted written comments on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s “Voluntary Sodium Reduction Goals: Target Mean and Upper Bound Concentrations for Sodium in Commercially Processed, Packaged, and Prepared Foods; Draft Guidance for Industry.”  (Read more)

IFT Comments on the Review of the Process to Update the Dietary Guidelines for Americans

October 26, 2016
IFT provided written comments to the National Academies and the Dietary Guidelines Review Committee.  (Read more)

IFT Comments on the Use of the Term “Natural” in the Labeling of Human Food Products

May 6, 2016
IFT provided written comments to specific questions posed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the “Use of the term “natural” in the labeling of human food products.” IFT suggested that to reduce or prevent consumer confusion and misinterpretation of the term “natural” on food packages, the FDA should consider either clearly defining or prohibiting the use of the term “natural” on food labels.  (Read more)

IFT Comments on the Process of Developing Future Editions of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans

February 19, 2016
IFT provided oral comments at the listening session to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The purpose of the listening session was to receive input from stakeholders on the process of developing future editions of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. IFT addressed the need for a food scientist and technologists on the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and urged USDA to ensure that food scientist(s) and technologist(s) are part of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee in the future. (Read more)

IFT Global Food Traceability Center (GFTC) Comments to Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud Action Plan for Implementing Recommendations 14/15: Determining Types of Information and Operational Standards Related to Data Collection

July 31, 2015
IFT GFTC urged development of effective traceability requirements for all species, and use of risk-based principles to prioritize enforcement and compliance. Recommendations were also provided on how to adopt and measure risk factors associated with traceability, and for capacity building for small and mid-sized enterprises and certified training for authorities and inspectors.
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IFT GFTC Comments to Presidential Task Force Action Plan Recommendations 14/15 on Principles of Identifying Species “At Risk” of IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud

June 8, 2015
IFT GFTC urged development of effective traceability requirements for all species, and use of risk-based principles to prioritize enforcement and compliance. Recommendations were also provided on how to adopt and measure risk factors associated with traceability, and for capacity building for small and mid-sized enterprises and certified training for authorities and inspectors.
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IFT Comments on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report

May 8, 2015
IFT urges the Department of Health and Human Services, (DHHS), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to seek input from food scientists and technologists in the development of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and its implementation in various federal, state and local food and nutrition policies and programs, to ensure that the guidelines are practical, realistic, and achievable.  IFT welcomes the opportunity to participate in a strategic public/private dialogue on the development of a collaborative effort to identify practical solutions to implement the 2015 Dietary Guidelines.  Further, IFT also urges DHHS and USDA to engage food scientists and technologists in the development of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines and the guidance planned for the birth to 24 months age segment.
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IFT GFTC Comments on Implementing Presidential Taskforce Recommendations on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing & Seafood Fraud

January 20, 2015
IFT GFTC addresses how to most effectively implement the recommendations from the Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud
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