About

Our Mission

The International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation is dedicated to the mission of effectively communicating science-based information on health, nutrition and food safety for the public good. 

Our Vision

Our vision is a global environment where credible science drives food policy and consumer choice. 

Our Philosophy

We subscribe to Ten Guiding Principles as we work to help improve the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities.

Our Standards 

Incorporated as a public education organization in 1991 and based in Washington, D.C., the IFIC Foundation is formally recognized as a §501(c)(3) not-for-profit under the U.S. Tax Code. We do not lobby or further any political, partisan, or corporate interest. We maintain certain standards to assure our commitment to science-based information. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions section for additional information.  

Our Stakeholders

We bring together, work with, and provide information to consumers, health and nutrition professionals, educators, government officials, and food, beverage, and agricultural industry professionals.  We have established partnerships with a wide range of credible professional organizations, government agencies, and academic institutions to advance the public understanding of key issues.  For example, we have a long-standing relationship with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion as part of the Dietary Guidelines Alliance, a public-private partnership focused on the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the MyPlate Food Guidance System, and resources such as the “It’s All About You” toolkit. 

Recognizing the global nature of food safety, nutrition, and health issues, the Foundation extends its mission internationally.  We collaborate with an independent network of Food Information Organizations (FIOs), international food safety and health leaders, and partners from around the world.  See our FAQs for more details.

We also serve as a news media resource. We provide science-based information to the media and refer journalists to our 400+ independent, credentialed experts on a variety of nutrition and food safety topics.

Website Content and Advertisement

All content on this website is non-commercial. The IFIC Foundation does not accept any paid advertising (links, banners, content, etc.) for FoodInsight.org. All content is written, edited or reviewed by the staff of the IFIC Foundation. Any questions about the content of this website should be directed to the website administrator.

 

Our Work and Impact

The following examples demonstrate the variety of valuable programs, initiatives, and products that we offer to deliver impact.

Our website, www.FoodInsight.org, serves as a nutrition and food safety resource for consumers, health professionals, journalists, educators, government officials, and students.  We provide important, timely, and consumer-friendly resources on a variety of topics such as weight management, diet (food) and health, food safety, food production, international food issues, and science communications.

We leverage a variety of technologies to reach consumers, and our social media followers—on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn—are in the tens of thousands.

Our Food Advocates Communicating Through Science (FACTS) Network is a global, interactive network of tens of thousands of people, formed to offer clarification on the growing tide of deceptive advice and misleading statistics that define a large portion of today’s food and nutrition dialogue. Made up of scientists, healthcare experts, food advocates, and consumers, FACTS provides scientific conclusions and compelling insight from experts, correcting common misperceptions about modern food production, food safety, nutrition, health and wellness. Click here to join our FACTS Network.

We help our stakeholders stay up-to-date on the latest research and trends.  With thousands of subscribers, our regular Food Insight email newsletter contains information-packed articles and news.  Click here to subscribe to this timely and free publication.

We commission primary research on public opinion about food safety, nutrition, and health and share the results with stakeholders and the public.  Our annual IFIC Foundation Food & Health Survey provides information about how Americans connect the food they eat with their health.  Recent surveys have explored topics such as food safety, overall diet, physical activity, weight management, dietary fats, functional foods, caffeine, and food allergies.  The survey results also help shape public health communication and education initiatives and measure progress toward public health goals.

We strive to educate consumers about the entire food system, from farm to fork. Our Understanding Our Food Communications Tool Kit helps communicate the facts about modern food production, food processing, and processed foods, and guides consumers and clients to make the best food choices for their overall health and lifestyles.  Through the Alliance to Feed the Future, coordinated by the International Food Information Council, we are educating the consumers of tomorrow.  We make available free educational curricula, including for K–8 teachers about “The Science of Feeding the World” and Grades 7-10 teachers on “Bringing Biotechnology to Life.”

Our childhood obesity prevention initiative, www.Kidnetic.com, is a healthful eating and active-living website for children and their families, as well as for health professionals and educators.  The site is intended to encourage children (ages 9 to 12) and their parents to adopt active, healthful lifestyles.  Kidnetic.com addresses food, fun, fitness, and feelings, and is unique, in that it offers activities to get children up and moving while they are online. It also provides healthful recipe ideas, a Real-Life Guide for Parents, and a lesson-based curriculum Leader’s Guide for educators and health professionals.

As a public education foundation, we are committed to helping the next generation of nutrition and food safety communicators.  The Sylvia Rowe Fellowship Award, named in honor of our former President and CEO, was established to give promising students and recent graduates a six- to twelve-week paid internship at our offices in Washington, D.C., in order to enhance their capabilities and communication skills.

Staff

Kimberly Reed, J.D., CAE
President
Geraldine McCann
Chief Operating Officer
Silvia Dumitrescu
Interim SVP, Communications & Marketing
Marianne Smith Edge, MS, RD, LD, FADA, FAND
Senior Advisor, Science & Consumer Insights
Ruth Ayres
Manager, Board Relations & Strategic Initiatives
Stephanie Ferguson
Senior Manager, Operations & Meetings
Anthony "Tony" Flood
Senior Director, Food Safety
Kamilah Guiden
Manager, Digital Media
Laura Kubitz
Manager, Media Communications
Megan Meyer, PhD
Associate Director, Science Communications
Matt Raymond
Senior Director, Communications
Sarah Romotsky, R.D.
Director, Health & Wellness
Liz Sanders MPH, RD
Associate Director, Nutrition & Food Safety
Kris Sollid, R.D.
Director, Nutrition Communications

Guiding Principles

  • Upholding Our Mission

    • Our mission as a 501(c)(3) public education foundation is to effectively communicate science-based information about health, food safety and nutrition for the public good.
  • Science-Based

    • Our work is based on the scientific consensus, in consultation with top experts in their respective fields, and we produce educational materials that reflect the current and evolving state of the science.
  • Helping Consumers Understand Science

    • We provide fact-based reports, often citing peer-reviewed articles (many of which we author) on scientific findings in language that is easy for people to understand and apply to their own diets and lifestyles.
  • Dialogue

    • We believe that scientists, health and nutrition professionals, educators, policymakers, regulators, journalists, and food, beverage and agricultural industry professionals all play important roles in the health and safety of Americans.  We help these stakeholders develop solutions by bringing them together to discuss the latest scientific developments and research on consumer attitudes.
  • Guided by Public Interest Leaders

    • The majority of our Board of Trustees are Public Trustees who represent public institutions such as universities, governmental bodies, and public foundations.
  • Consumer Insights

    • We believe that consumer insights provide an important window for all those who seek to improve the health, diet, safety and physical activity of Americans.  Therefore, we commission primary research on consumer attitudes and behaviors.  Our research follows accepted methodologies, which we disclose in every report we publish.
  • Transparency

    • We are open about our partnerships and funding.  All representatives of the International Food Information Council Foundation acknowledge their professional affiliation when participating in any public dialogue.
  • Accuracy

    • We commit to be accurate, clear and honest in our reporting on health, nutrition and food safety issues and present information in its complete scientific context.
  • Credentialed Experts

    • We believe that the public should consider the voices of credible experts as they make decisions on food and nutrition.  We help connect credentialed health professionals, academic experts and others with news organizations, but we do not pay experts for speaking with the media or approve their comments.
  • Independence

    • To ensure the fulfillment of our mission:
      • We do not speak for, or represent, any company, industry, product or brand.
      • We are nonpartisan and do not endorse any political party, elected official, or candidate for elective office.  We do not provide contributions to political campaigns, hold fundraisers, or have a Political Action Committee (PAC).
      • We do not lobby or advocate for legislation or regulations.
      • We do not endorse products or accept advertising.

Board of Trustees

Robert Gravani, Ph.D. (Chairman)
Department of Food Science, Cornell University
Nancy M. Childs, PhD (Vice Chair)
Professor of Food Marketing and Peck Fellowship, Saint Joseph's University
Adam Clayton Powell III (Secretary)
Senior Fellow and Director, USC Center on Communication Leadership and Policy, University of Southern California, and President, Public Diplomacy Council
James E. Conlan (Treasurer Ex Officio)
(Retired) External Affairs Director, Mars, Incorporated
C. Daniel (Dan) Azzara, Ph.D.
Alan R. Warehime Professor, The Pennsylvania State University
Regan Lucas Bailey, PhD, RD, MPH, CPH
Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition Science, Purdue University
Regina Benjamin
18th Surgeon General of the United States
Philippe Caradec
Vice President, Regulatory and Corporate Affairs, The Dannon Company, Inc.
Lowell Catlett, Ph.D.
Regents Professor and Dean, Emeritus of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University
Fergus M. Clydesdale, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor and Director of the Food Science Policy Alliance, University of Massachusetts
John D. Fernstrom, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry & Pharmacology/Chemical Biology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Ed Kee
Delaware Secretary of Agriculture
Roger Lawrence
Corporate Vice President, Quality Assurance & Regulatory, McCormick & Company, Inc.
Steven Rizk, Ph.D.
Global Head of Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, Mars, Incorporated
Robert L. Thompson, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Policy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Nancy Wellman, Ph,D., R.D. (Chair Emeritus)
Professor (Retired) of Dietetics and Nutrition, Florida International University

Partners and Supporters

Partners: IFIC and the IFIC Foundation have worked in partnership with...

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Alliance to Feed the Future
  • American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
  • American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants
  • American Association of Diabetes Educators
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American Council on Exercise
  • American Society for Nutrition
  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
    • Food Safety Cooperation Forum Partnership Training Institute Network
  • Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonat al Nurses
  • Center for Food Integrity
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Consumer Federation of America Council for Agricultural Science and Technology
  • The Culinary Institute of America
  • Family, Career and Community Leaders of America
  • The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network
  • Food Marketing Institute
  • Harvard School of Public Health
  • Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation
  • Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture
  • Institute for the Future
  • Institute of Food Technologists
  • International Center of Excellence in Food Risk Communication:
    • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    • Food Standards Australia New Zealand
    • China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment
    • Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Ghana
    • Food Communications Compass, Japan 
    • Health Canada 
    • Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture
    • Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
    • National Center for Food Protection and Defense 
    • U.S. Department of Agriculture 
    • U.S. Food and Drug Administration 
    • Vietnam Academy for Agricultural Sciences 
  • National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners 
  • National Center for Food Protection & Defense 
  • National Institutes of Health 
  • National Policy and Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging, Florida 
  • International University Partnership for Food Safety Education 
  • President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports 
  • Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science at University of California-Davis 
  • School Nutrition Association
  • Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation 
  • Southern Food and Beverage Museum 
  • U.S. Agency for International Development 
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture 
  • U.S. Department of State 
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration University of Illinois Functional Foods for Health Program (does not exist now) 
  • WebMD 
  • World Health Organization

IFIC Supporters: IFIC is supported by the following companies from the broad-based food, beverage and agricultural industries

  • Abbott Nutrition
  • Ajinomoto North America, Inc.
  • American Beverage Association
  • American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture
  • Archer Daniels Midland Company
  • American Meat Science Association
  • Atkins Nutritionals, Inc.
  • Barilla Group
  • Bayer CropScience LP
  • Cargill, Incorporated
  • Chobani
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • Compass Group
  • The Dannon Company, Inc.
  • Dow AgroSciences, LLC
  • DSM
  • DuPont Nutrition & Health
  • Ferrero USA
  • Florida Department of Citrus
  • General Mills, Inc.
  • Heartland Food Products Group
  • The Hershey Company
  • International Dairy Foods Association
  • Kellogg
  • Land O'Lakes, Inc.
  • Mars, Incorporated
  • McCormick & Company, Inc.
  • McNeil Nutritionals
  • Mondelēz International
  • Nestlé
  • PepsiCo
  • Perdue Farms
  • Red Bull North America
  • StarKist
  • STEMconnector®
  • US Pharmacopeia
  • Yum! Brands
  • Zoetis

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