Institute of Food Technologists

The Institute of Food Technologists or IFT is an international, non-profit professional organization for the advancement of food science and technology. It is the largest food science organization in the world, encompassing almost 18,000 members worldwide as of 2012. It is referred to as "THE Society of Food Science and Technology." Its current president is Roger Clemens of E.T. Horn Company. As food technology grew from the individual family farm to the factory level, including the slaughterhouse for meat and poultry processing, the cannery for canned foods, and bakeries for bread, the need to have personnel trained for the food industry did also. Literature such as Upton Sinclair's The Jungle in 1906 about slaughterhouse operations would be a factor in the establishment of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) later that year.

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China, Taiwan strengthen food safety laws

China and Taiwan have enhanced the powers of their Food and Drug Administrations to be more effective in ensuring food safety and guarding against food fraud, according to a July 13 panel discussion at IFT15: Where Science ...

Jul 15, 2015
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8 nutrients to protect the aging brain

Brain health is the second most important component in maintaining a healthy lifestyle according to a 2014 AARP study. As people age they can experience a range of cognitive issues from decreased critical thinking to dementia ...

Apr 16, 2015
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Packaged foods go vegetarian

Vegetarian foods are positioned for success in the marketplace as public health advocates highlight the benefits of plant-based diets and a growing number of consumers embrace meat-free or meat-reduced lifestyles. Earlier ...

May 15, 2015
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Should arsenic in food be a concern?

Inorganic arsenic is carcinogenic and found in a variety of food and beverage products, but not at levels that are considered dangerous, analyses suggest.

Jan 22, 2015
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The rising status of superfruits and super seeds

Superfruits and super seeds fit the bill for consumers' desire for natural, minimally processed, or unprocessed foods. Although there is no universal standard definition of a super seed or superfruit, they are often described ...

Mar 13, 2015
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