IFT Comments


Food Science and Technology and the OPT Program

April 23, 2008
The Department of Homeland Security offers non-immigrant students pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) degrees the opportunity to participate in Optional Practical Training (OPT) with a U.S. employer in a job directly related to the student’s major area of study. (Read more)

FDA on Nanotechnology

April 16, 2008
IFT is are pleased to offer comments specifically focused on the regulation of food and food-related materials such as food packaging that may contain nanoscale materials.
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FDA FY2009 Budget

March 6, 2008
It is therefore imperative that substantial resources be made available to the agency to restore its scientific capability and capacity, enabling it to fulfill its mission and meet regulatory responsibilities effectively. (Read more)

FDA Subcommittee on Science and Technology Report

January 30, 2008
IFT agrees with the S&T Subcommittee’s recommendations that CFSAN’s and CVM’s science base and related inspection and enforcement functions be rebuilt to a level commensurate with regulatory responsibilities. (Read more)

IFT Address on Import Safety

October 1, 2007
IFT agrees with the Working Group that U.S. citizens would benefit from the continued availability of a variety of food products regardless of the country in which they were produced. However, food safety must not be compromised in providing this benefit and food scientists and technologists stand ready to play a vital role in helping protect the public.  (Read more)

Food Nanotechnology Research Needs

September 17, 2007
IFT commends the Nanotechnology Environmental and Health Implications (NEHI) Working Group of the NSET Subcommittee on this specific research needs document. IFT is particularly pleased with the articulation of the research needs to encompasses areas of nanoscience applications relating to food.  (Read more)

Food Nanotechnology: Applications & Implications

January 4, 2007
IFT urges the Federal government to increase investment in nanoscale science in the area of food science and technology for a healthier and safer food supply.  (Read more)

The Prioritization of Environmental, Health, and Safety Research

January 4, 2007
We believe that because every person must consume food on a daily basis, there is likely to be great public interest and concern regarding the potential health benefits and safety issues of nanostructured materials in foods. The IFT working group would welcome the opportunity to work with the NSET committee to address these issues and ensure they are encompassed in the future research priorities. (Read more)

Functional Food Testimony to FDA

December 5, 2006
The Institute of Food Technologists commends the Food and Drug Administration for holding this public hearing on functional foods as we believe that a few changes in regulatory policies could provide very positive benefits to society. (Read more)

National Institute for Food and Agriculture

April 1, 2005
The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) supports the establishment of a National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) as an independent institute or as a new division within the National Science Foundation (NSF), as proposed by U.S. Senator Kit Bond (R-MO)1 and Congressman Gil Gutknecht (R-MN)2. (Read more)