IFT Comments

Challenges and Opportunities in Creating Lower Sodium Products

November 10, 2011
IFT provided oral comments at the HHS/USDA Joint Public Meeting on Approaches to Reducing Sodium Consumption on Thursday, November 10, 2011. IFT will also submit written comments to FDA/FSIS by November 29, 2011. Please contact Sheila at sfleischhacker@ift.org if you would like to learn more or provide insights on creating lower sodium products.  (Read more)

Comments to APHIS/USDA on Soybean Genetically Engineered for Modified Fatty Acid Profile and Glyphosate Tolerance

August 30, 2011
Docket No. APHIS-2011-0046 (Monsanto Co.; Availability of Petition, Plant Pest Risk Assessment, and Environmental Assessment for Determination of Nonregulated Status for Soybean Genetically Engineered to Have a Modified Fatty Acid Profile and for Tolerance to the Herbicide Glyphosate). IFT acknowledges that recombinant DNA techniques applied to foods hold potential for benefits that are advantageous for consumers, food manufacturers, and the environment.  (Read more)

IFT Comments to Interagency Working Group on Food Marketed to Children

July 14, 2011
IFT recognizes the critical value of improving children’s diets and addressing the high rates of childhood obesity. We commend the Interagency Working Group for seeking public comment on the preliminary proposal for voluntary principles to guide industry self-regulatory efforts to improve the nutritional profile of foods marketed to children, and offer the following responses to select specific questions posed in the Working Group's preliminary proposal. (Read more)

Comments to the National Organic Standards Board on Nutrient Vitamins and Minerals

April 8, 2011
IFT supports the NOSB Handling Committee’s recommendation that calls for renewal of the allowance in organic foods of vitamins, minerals, and materials as required or allowed by law to enrich, supplement, or fortify foods including infant formula. (Read more)

Comments to FDA on the GRAS Notification Proposed Rule

March 28, 2011
IFT supports the proposed voluntary notification procedure, which has been in effective use under the framework of the 1997 proposed rule since its issuance. (Read more)

IFT Letter to Miles V. McEvoy of the National Organic Program

March 23, 2011
IFT encouraged the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture to carefully consider the potential for nanotechnology and other scientific and technical advancements that could positively impact organic food production, processing, and packaging to meet the food and nutrition needs of our growing global population. IFT also urged the National Organic Program and the National Organic Standards Board to consider the best available science in making decisions about nanotechnology for the organic food industry, and offered to serve as a scientific and technical resource. (Read more)

IFT Comments to the FDA Food Advisory Committee

March 22, 2011
Given the rigorous safety evaluation that color additives undergo and the lack of scientific evidence for a link with adverse behavior, IFT’s viewpoint is that food color additives present very little risk or effectively no risk for the vast majority of consumers. (Read more)

IFT provides comments on FDA’s recordkeeping and records access requirements for food facilities

March 14, 2011
Based on the work IFT has conducted in the area of product tracing, which is related to recordkeeping, IFT was pleased to submit commits concurring that the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of FDA's functions. This information does have practical utility, but information pertaining to product transformations also needs to be considered to ensure comprehensive internal traceability. (Read more)

IFT Provides Comments on FDA’s FY 2011-2015 Strategic Priorities

October 29, 2010
IFT commends the FDA on development of the draft Fiscal Year 2011-2015 Strategic Priorities Document, and appreciates the opportunity to comment on such an important and critical initiative. IFT is supportive of the strategic goals, long-term objectives and desired public health outcomes for food safety, as well as dietary practices and nutrition, outlined in the draft Strategic Priorities Document. IFT strongly encourages the FDA to quickly identify the tactical approaches necessary to implement the strategic priorities outlined in this draft document. There should be a real sense of urgency in implementing the strategic priorities that will benefit all Americans. (Read more)

IFT Provides Comment to National Organic Standards Board

October 12, 2010
IFT’s comments to the NOSB address the nanotechnology recommendation of NOSB’s Materials Committee. IFT encouraged careful consideration of the potential for nanotechnology in organic food production, processing, and packaging, given the critical need for additional scientific and technological advancements to sustainably meet future food needs. IFT offered its resources should the NOSB undertake further dialog on the topic.  (Read more)