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About the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation
February 21, 2008

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Background and Purpose

The IFIC Foundation is the educational arm of IFIC. IFIC's mission is to communicate science-based information on food safety and nutrition to health and nutrition professionals, educators, journalists, government officials and others providing information to consumers. IFIC is supported primarily by the broad-based food, beverage and agricultural industries.

IFIC's purpose is to bridge the gap between science and communications by collecting and disseminating scientific information on food safety, nutrition and health and by working with an extensive roster of scientific experts and through partnerships to help translate research into understandable and useful information for opinion leaders and ultimately, consumers. These groups find the IFIC reservoir of science and health data a valuable and easily accessed resource.

Based in Washington, DC, the IFIC Foundation and IFIC focus primarily on U.S. issues. It also participates in an informal network of independent food information organizations in Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, Japan and Latin America.

IFIC Foundation and IFIC Partnerships

The IFIC Foundation and IFIC have established partnerships with a wide range of professional organizations and academic institutions to develop and disseminate science-based information for the public. Such partnerships include:

  • American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
  • American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • The American Dietetic Association
  • Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses
  • Consumer Federation of America
  • The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network
  • Food Marketing Institute
  • Institute of Food Technologists
  • National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
  • National Foundation for Integrated Pest Management Education
  • National Policy and Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging, Florida International University
  • President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
  • Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • University of Illinois Functional Foods for Health Program

IFIC Foundation and IFIC Resources

IFIC Foundation Online:
Internet access to IFIC Foundation resources for educators, journalists and consumers.

Food Insight:
A bimonthly newsletter for professionals and media on current topics in food safety and nutrition.

Brochures, Fact Sheets and Publications:
Materials covering various nutrition and food safety topics, including Q&As;, an ingredient series and other resources.

IFIC Reviews:
A series of referenced white papers on the science of major food, nutrition and health issues.

Scientific Experts:
Identification of, and access to, experts in specialized areas of food safety, nutrition and health for journalists.

IFIC Media Relations Office:
Centralized resource for journalists.

Dialogue Meetings/Roundtables:
Sessions with health professionals, media and third-party opinion leaders, identifying opportunities for communicating science-based information on food safety and nutrition issues.

Who accesses information resources from the IFIC Foundation and IFIC? Journalists, health professionals, educators, consumers, government officials and scientists turn to the IFIC Foundation and IFIC for access to thousands of references on numerous topics. The IFIC Foundation Web address is:

What doesn't the IFIC Foundation or IFIC do?
The IFIC Foundation and IFIC are unique in that the organizations do not represent any product or company or lobby for legislative or regulatory activities.

What does IFIC's name mean?
IFIC is primarily a U.S. communications organization. The "International" in the name stems from IFIC's recognition of the global nature of food and health issues and its participation in an informal network of independent food information organizations in Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan and Latin America.

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