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Goals: Target Mean and Upper Bound Concentrations for Sodium in Commercially Processed, Packaged, and Prepared Foods; Draft Guidance for Industry.”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.
Kellogg has announced that construction has commenced on a new manufacturing line at its Pringles factory in Kutno in the Lodz Special Economic Zone in Poland.
Avansya, the joint venture between Cargill and Royal DSM, has started production at the first commercial-scale fermentation facility for stevia sweeteners in the United States.
The J. M. Smucker Co. has announced an evolution of its executive leadership structure and team reporting to Mark Smucker, president and CEO.
Cornell University is co-leading a $9.95 million, five-year U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant that aims to transform nutrition and water use in the poultry industry in order to improve its environmental impact and enhance human health.
Dean Foods has announced that it and substantially all of its subsidiaries have initiated voluntary Chapter 11 reorganization proceedings in the Southern District of Texas.
Food scientists and technologists encounter numerous challenges each day as they work to bring better, safer, tastier, and more nutritious foods to consumers. Tackling these challenges often requires critical thinking, teamwork, tenacity, and perhaps a little creativity. Acclaimed Chef Sean Sherman discovered a unique challenge early in his culinary career and drew inspiration to address it from an unlikely source – his heritage.
IFT hosted a Diversity and Inclusion Virtual Town Hall earlier this week, sharing key research findings, a set of core principles to guide our path forward, system-specific recommendations, and a request for member feedback.
A group of researchers has conducted a comprehensive genomic analysis of all seven species, leading to the development of a new resource that may enable breeders to cultivate tasty, appealing watermelons that are also more disease-resistant and that can be grown in more varied climates.
Of the major food crops, only rice is currently able to survive flooding. Thanks to new research, that could soon change—good news for regions of the world where rains are increasing in both frequency and intensity.
A recent study sponsored by Chr. Hansen has determined that if certain strains of probiotics were administered to the U.S. public, healthcare costs related to respiratory infections would decrease by up to $1.4 billion.
In the first population-based study to examine the association between onion and garlic consumption and breast cancer in Puerto Rico, researchers at the University of Buffalo and University of Puerto Rico found that women who consumed sofrito more than once per day had a 67% decrease in risk compared with women who never ate it.