IFT recently conducted an extensive review of the EFSA opinion document advising on the development of harmonized mandatory front-of-pack nutrition labeling (FOPNL) and the setting of nutrient profiles for restricting nutrition and health claims on food. In addition to providing comments, IFT has summarized the context for each section of the opinion draft.
The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) appreciates the opportunity to provide input on the FDA Closer to Zero initiative and considers the Closer to Zero initiative on Baby Foods to be an important step for further protecting foods for infants and young children from contaminants such as arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury, which are all known to be harmful to healthy growth and development.
We are encouraged by the request for input into the HHS Strategic Plan, as the health and wellness of the U.S. population is strongly connected to the foods and beverages that they consume.
IFT submitted comments to Christopher Lynch, PhD and the Office of Nutrition Research in response to NOT-OD-21-183: Request for Information (RFI): Research Opportunities to End Hunger, Food and Nutrition Insecurity.
Oral comments from IFT's Bryan Hitchcock at the New Era of Smarter Food Safety Summit on E-Commerce about the FDA's articulated goals of understanding possible food safety risks of Business to Consumer (B2C) e-commerce.
IFT provides input on the modernizing organic traceability discussion document prepared by the CACS subcommittee.
IFT provided input on USAID/RFS Request for Information (RFI) related to Scaling Up Fortification activity.
IFT commends the FDA on publishing the proposed rule and the steps the rule takes to enhance record keeping and traceability for the listed foods. Additionally, IFT provides feedback and recommendations for FDA to consider in enhancing the rule prior to finalization. End-to-end traceability leveraging digital technologies is achievable and this rule, once finalized, will be a critical element.
IFT, Chief Executive Officer, Christie Tarantino-Dean, FASAE, CAE, sent a letter to President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris on behalf of IFT regarding strengthening the food and agricultural systems. The letter outlines how our food and agriculture systems are a cornerstone to the four priorities (economic recovery, COVID-19, racial equity, and climate change) of the incoming Administration.
IFT provided input on the Requirements for Additional Traceability Records for Certain Foods, known informally as the Food Traceability Rule, and encourages FDA to create capacity building initiatives for enabling data collection capabilities for these stakeholders, in the US and globally. IFT, though its Global Food Traceability Center, looks forward to working with the FDA and the private sector to advance food traceability across the entire supply chain.
IFT urges FFAR to invest in research priorities across the food supply chain, including research in the science of food and technology, which plays a crucial role in providing solutions for challenges in food systems and to make these food systems more agile, resilient to crises, equitable, and provide healthier and more nutritious foods.
IFT believes that the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) should help maintain or improve nutrition, health, and food safety, while fostering behavioral change through clear, practical, affordable, and science-based recommendations.
IFT provided written comments to the FDA during the reopened comment period for the proposed rule published on May 20, 2005 entitled "Food Standards; General Principles and Food Standards Modernization." The comments follow more extensive comments submitted to the Agency on October 11, 2018 to Docket No. FDA --2018--N--2381: "The Food and Drug Administration's Comprehensive, Multi-Year Nutrition Innovation Strategy."
IFT provided written comments to the United States Department of Agriculture on NIFA Service Delivery Input. IFT provides suggestions on how NIFA may capitalize on its previous success and continue to further the research and innovation in food and agricultural sciences by improving outreach and scientific communication, enabling interdisciplinary collaboration, including with other agencies, and training the next generation of food and agriculture scientists.
IFT provided input to United States Department of Agriculture on the “Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program: 2019-2020 Foundational and Applied Science Program RFA.” IFT is very concerned about the continuous sharp decline in funding opportunities in areas considered highly important among food scientists and technologists to address the challenges faced by the food system.
IFT provided oral comments during the public meeting of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee on the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, emphasizing the role and importance of food scientist(s) and technologist(s) in the deliberation process.
IFT provided written comments to the Division of Dockets Management Food and Drug Administration on the New Era of Smarter Food Safety, focused on building effective traceability systems while digital and physical technologies are leveraged to enhance food supply safety and efficacy of the food system.
IFT provided written comments to the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services, emphasizing the need to engage food scientists and technologists in the deliberation process for the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
IFT commented on the Food and Drug Administration’s Comprehensive, Multi-Year Nutrition Innovation Strategy. The initiative intends to empower the public to make informed food choices and to improve their diets and allow food scientists and engineers to design ingredients and food and beverage products, that meet individual and family needs, with diverse age groups and lifestyles, in a holistic way.
IFT provided written comments to the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services on the Topics and Scientific Questions for the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, emphasizing the role and importance of food scientist(s) and technologist(s) on the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.
IFT met with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Senior Policy staff, from the Office of Secretary Perdue, to discuss IFT’s policy recommendations for the 2018 Farm Bill Reauthorization and to emphasize the need for food scientist(s) and technologist(s) on the future Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.
IFT provided oral testimony at the United States Department of Agriculture’s listening session on the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, urging the agency to include at least one food scientist and technologist in the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.
IFT provided comments to the Food and Drug Administration, outlining IFT resources on biotechnology, which may be of value, as the agency develops a comprehensive framework for consumer education on agricultural biotechnology.
IFT commented on the specific questions posed by the Food and Drug Administration on the “Use of the term 'Healthy' in the Labeling of Human Food Products.”
IFT provided testimony on the review of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, held by the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine.
IFT commented on the 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.”
IFT commented on the specific questions posed by the 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.
IFT urged the Department of Health and Human Services, (DHHS), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to seek input from food scientist(s) and technologist(s) 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. Further, IFT also urged DHHS and USDA to engage food scientist(s) and technologist(s) in the development of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines and the guidance planned for the birth to 24 months age cohort.
IFT urged the Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) to invite food scientist(s) and food technologist(s) to the discussions during the 2015 Dietary Guidelines deliberations and directed the DGAC’s attention to the scientific statement on “Processed foods: Contributions to Nutrition,” published by the American Society for Nutrition.
The presentation to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee focused on the role of food science and technology to reduce sodium, sugar, and saturated fats in food products.
IFT urged the Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee to seek guidance and invite a food scientist(s) and/or technologist(s) to provide “testimony” during the public meetings as the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans are developed.
To understand where the future of work in the science of food is headed, it’s necessary to first look at how the industry has changed, explained the panelists at an IFT Careers InFocus virtual event session titled “The Future of Work.”
Speaking at IFT’s recent Careers InFocus virtual event and career fair, Andrew Yang, the founder of Venture for America and former U.S. presidential candidate, shared his perspective on the massive changes that are affecting the way we work.
Employment inequities related to gender and race are real, and correcting them must be a priority, but it isn’t going to happen overnight, said panelists at an IFT Careers InFocus virtual event session.
The National Honey Board (NHB) is currently accepting pre-proposals for honey food-pairings to help Americans consume a Mediterranean diet pattern. Interested researchers need to submit a short pre-proposal by November 13, 2020.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing changes to its export listing procedures for dairy and infant formula firms seeking to export their products to China.
New Journal of Food Science article identifies opportunities to help consumers follow the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
IFT staff scientists share their perspectives on the importance of speaking broadly about science and offer new resources to help the science of food community do just that.
The FDA recently released voluntary sodium reduction goals for 163 categories of commercially prepared foods, with the goal of reducing sodium intake in the population by 12 percent.
Select IFT member experts collaborated with the Private Sector Mechanism in supporting programming behind the UN Food System Summit.
France-based Carbios is developing the first biological technology to transform the end-of-life of plastics, says Martin Stephan, deputy CEO of Carbios.
The dangers of a high-sodium diet have been well documented, but a new technology devised by scientists from Washington State University could help reduce sodium in processed foods while retaining taste and texture.
A study found that people who drank beverages that contained the low-calorie sweetener sucralose did experience metabolic problems and issues with neural responses but only when the beverage was formulated with both sucralose and a tasteless sugar (maltodextrin).