IFT Comments

EFSA safety of substances

February 22, 2010
Revision of the joint AFC/BIOHAZ guidance document on the submission of data for the evaluation of the safety and efficacy of substances for the removal of microbial surface contamination of foods of animal origin intended for human consumption. The Institute of Food Technologists also suggests that pilot studies outside a production atmosphere be considered as acceptable to in-plant studies. (Read more)

Public Access Policies

January 13, 2010
Public Access Policies for Science and Technology Funding Agencies across the Federal Government [DOCID: fr09de09-111]. Based on our 60-plus year history of scientific publishing, IFT strongly believes that the current system for handling and releasing peer-reviewed research—federally-funded or otherwise—is not broken and does not need a federally-mandated open access policy. (Read more)

Genetically Engineered High-oleic Soybeans

November 17, 2009
Docket No. APHIS-2007-0156 (Determination of Nonregulated Status for Genetically Engineered High-oleic Soybeans). IFT’s comment seeks to specifically acknowledge that recombinant DNA techniques applied to foods hold potential for benefits that are advantageous for consumers, food manufacturers, and the environment. (Read more)

NOSB on Nanotechnology

November 3, 2009
Docket No. AMS-TM-09-0060; TM-09-07 (National Organic Standards Board; Public Meeting). IFT recognizes the potential for nanoscale science, engineering, and technology to positively impact the food and agriculture sector, therefore it supports objective and well designed research and development efforts in that sector.  (Read more)

FDA Transparency Task Force

October 16, 2009
Docket No. FDA-2009-N-0247 (FDA Transparency Task Force; Public Meeting). IFT believes that increased transparency within the Agency will advance public health by equipping the food industry, scientists, and the public with vital, more constructive and actionable information about the safety and quality of food reaching the American public. (Read more)

USDA Roadmap for Agricultural Research

May 15, 2009
Commentary on the USDA Roadmap for Agricultural Research, Education, and Extension provided to the Office of Research, Education, and Economics, USDA. IFT recommends that the USDA stress the benefits of funding research and innovation affecting our food system and its relationship with human health through food science and technology. (Read more)

OSTP on Scientific Integrity

May 1, 2009
In addition to consideration of candidates’ knowledge, credentials, experience, and integrity, IFT recommends that the selection process take into consideration personal references from universities and professional societies, as well as credentials of candidates’ involvement in their respective professional communities including any relevant accreditation by professional scientific and technical societies. (Read more)

2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

April 20, 2009
Comments Relevant to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Revision Process. IFT believes that food science and technology considerations are integral to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines deliberations. Food scientists and technologists can help ensure that nutrition recommendations are realistic and achievable, given the food industry’s capabilities for meeting consumer needs and preferences with available technologies. (Read more)

Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake

April 2, 2009
Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake. If a strategy of sodium reduction in foods is decided upon, IFT suggests the encouragement of a graduated reduction of sodium in processed foods, with partnership between the food industry and public health officials. (Read more)

Good Importer Practices

March 30, 2009
Draft Guidance for Industry on Good Importer Practices. Ensuring that imported products are in compliance with applicable U.S. statutes and regulations is a shared responsibility between the public and private sectors. It is critical that practices be in place to prevent or detect potential problems at key points along a product’s life cycle in the food system. (Read more)