IFT Comments

IFT’s Immediate Past President John Ruff’s Presentation to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

March 14, 2014
The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Immediate Past President John Ruff presented at the third meeting of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) on March 14 at the National Institutes of Health.  (Read more)

IFT comments to the FDA on Clinical Investigators, Sponsors, and Institutional Review Boards: Investigational New Drug Applications (IND)

November 26, 2013
IFT submitted joint comments (American Academy of Pediatrics, American Society for Nutrition, American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, International Life Sciences Institute North America, International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics, North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition), to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expressing concern that the food and nutrition research community was not given an opportunity to review and provide input on guidance related to “Conventional Food and Studies Intended to Support a Health Claim” before the final IND guidance was issued. (Read more)

IFT Comments to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

September 25, 2013
IFT urges the Department of Health and Human Services, (DHHS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) to seek guidance and invite a food scientist and/or technologist to provide “testimony” during one of its public meetings as the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans are developed.  (Read more)

IFT Comments to NRC Committee on AFRI

June 3, 2013
IFT provided comments to the National Research Council’s Committee on a Review of the USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative. IFT’s perspective conveyed the integral role that food science plays in the development and delivery of safe, nutritious, healthy, tasty, and affordable foods that can meet the needs of the growing population. IFT strongly urged NIFA to consider the benefits of including food science-related research when future RFA priority areas are developed. (Read more)

Comments to the Food Standards Australia and New Zealand on P293 focused on Nutrition, Health, and Related Claims

April 2, 2012
IFT submitted comments to Food Standards Australia and New Zealand on P293 on Nutrition, Health, and Related Claims. Specifically, IFT explained how food scientists and technologists are working to make significant strides in reducing the amount of saturated fatty acids and also reducing or eliminating industrial trans fatty acids. IFT requested Food Standards Australia and New Zealand consider a claim regarding monounsaturated fatty acids and the reduction of LDL in the context of a diet low in saturated fatty acids. We acknowledged we are not aware of evidence to support the hypothesis that consumers are purchasing foods of lower nutritional quality because they are misled by fat-free or % fat free claims. IFT explained how the combination of various fats and oils contributes to functionality in a wide variety of food formulations, as well as the contribution to nutritional and health outcomes. (Read more)

Comments to WHO on their Draft Review and Update of Current WHO Guidelines on Saturated Fatty-Acids and Trans-Fatty Acid Consumption

March 16, 2012
IFT submitted comments on WHO on their Draft Review and Update of Current WHO Guidelines on Saturated Fatty-Acids and Trans-Fatty Acid Consumption. IFT emphasized further work is needed to understand both the positive and negative contributions of various fatty acids. IFT also emphasized WHO should recognize the importance of food science and technology components to more effectively establish realistic and feasible guidelines on fatty acids the general population can practically and financially adhere to. For trans-fatty acid consumption specifically, IFT recommended future research examine the scientific and technological opportunities and obstacles to further reduce or eliminate trans-fatty acids in the food supply, particularly in dairy and meat products. (Read more)

IFT Comments to AFRI to Enhance to the Competitive Program

March 1, 2012
IFT submitted written comments to Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) as follow-up to the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Stakeholder Listening Session held on February 22nd. In an effort to enhance the competitive program, IFT submitted comments for consideration in the development of future AFRI program solicitations. IFT, along with research universities and major food companies, are very concerned to see the lack of funding opportunities, for many areas considered highly important among food scientists.  (Read more)

Comments to WHO on Draft Guidelines on Potassium and Sodium Intake for Adults and Children

February 28, 2012
IFT submitted comments on WHO Draft Guidelines on Potassium and Sodium Intake for Adults and Children. IFT emphasized further work is needed to understand the food science behind innovations and challenges to reducing dietary sodium while also improving potassium availability in the food supply. (Read more)

Comments to FDA/FSIS on Approaches to Reducing Sodium Consumption

January 30, 2012
IFT provided written comments to FDA/FSIS focused on (1) Sodium Reduction Technological Innovations & Challenges; (2) Monitoring Sodium Content for Assessing Sodium Reduction Initiatives; (3) Establishing & Meeting Voluntary Sodium Reduction Targets; & (4) Communications Crossroads: Government, Food Industry & Consumers. IFT emphasized the importance of investing in food science and technology research and development to stimulate meaningful, safe, and sustainable impacts on sodium intake in the United States.  (Read more)

Public Access to Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Publications Resulting from Federally Funded Research

December 21, 2011
In this written commentary, IFT provides insights to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on the current system for handling and releasing federally-funded research in peer-reviewed journals and the potential ramifications of open access policies. (Read more)