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IFT Comments

As a global organization committed to advancing the science of food and its application across the global food system, the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) proactively serves as an objective voice in public dialogue on food and nutrition-related issues to advocate for science-based outcomes.  Below is a compilation of IFT comments from 2013 to the present. 

For the first time, the DGAC was charged to review scientific evidence and develop recommendations for ages 0-24 months and pregnant and lactating women, in addition to developing recommendations for 2 years and older based on life stages. IFT applauds members of the DGAC for completing this monumental charge...

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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 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.

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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IFT provided testimony on the review of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, held by the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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