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, DC, the International Food Information Council 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 and the MyPlate Food Guidance System. 

Recognizing the global nature of food safety, nutrition, and health issues, the Foundation extends its mission internationally.  We share education materials with an independent network of Food Information Organizations and partners from around the world.

We also serve as a news media resource. We provide science-based information to the media and refer journalists to our 350 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 and 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 Web site, www.FoodInsight.org, serves as a nutrition and food safety resource for consumers, health professionals, journalists, educators, government officials, and students.  We provide important and timely resources on a variety of topics such as weight management, diet (food) and health, food safety, food production, international food issues, and communications.  

We use the latest technology, communication tools, and interactive format, including with our BlogMedia Gallery, which includes our “Ask an Expert,” “Person on the Street,” Web casts, and educational videos; Facebook; and Twitter to reach the broadest audience in this fast-paced world. 

We also host or participate in national and international professional conferences and meetings that bring public and private stakeholders together for important discussions and to promote awareness.  For a list of upcoming events, visit our Calendar of Events.

We help our stakeholders stay on top of the latest research and trends.  Our popular monthly Food Insight newsletter (available on-line only) 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 and nutrition and share the results with stakeholders and the public.  Our International Food Informational Council 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.

Our 2008 International Food Informational Council Foundation Food & Health Survey consumer research identified a significant gap between those consumers who say breakfast is extremely or somewhat important to achieving an overall healthful diet and those that actually consume breakfast on a regular basis.  In response, we created a Breakfast and Health Program that targets the parents of children ages twelve and younger.  Our Breakfast and Health Communicators Tool Kit  includes resources that explore the science supporting the benefits of breakfast as well as tips on how to best communicate with consumers about these benefits.

Our childhood obesity prevention initiative, www.Kidnetic.com, is a healthful eating and active living web site for children and their families, as well as for health professionals and educators.  The site is intended to encourage children (ages nine to twelve) 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, DC, in order to enhance their capabilities and communication skills.

Staff

David B. Schmidt
President & CEO
Kimberly Reed, J.D.
Executive Director
Marianne Smith Edge, M.S,R.D, L.D., FADA
Senior Vice President, Nutrition & Food Safety
Geraldine McCann
Chief Operating Officer
Andrew Benson
Vice President, International Relations
Ruth Ayres
Executive Assistant
Liz Caselli-Mechael
Digital Media Manager
Lee Cleveland
Web Manager
Stephanie Ferguson
Manager of Operations and Meetings
Anthony "Tony" Flood
Senior Director of Food Safety
Marcia Greenblum, R.D.
Senior Director of Health and Wellness Communications
Lindsey Loving
Senior Director, Food Ingredient & Technology Communications
Jason Pelzel
Program Coordinator of Health and Wellness Communications
Matt Raymond
Senior Director of Communications
Sarah Romotsky, R.D.
Associate Director of Health & Wellness
Kris Sollid
Associate Director, Nutrients
Matthew Tarka
Senior Manager, Membership and International Relations

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 totality of the science, and we produce educational materials that reflect the state of the science.
  • Helping Consumers Understand Science

    • We provide fact-based reports, often citing peer-reviewed articles, 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 complete context of the science
  • 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
Jeanne Goldberg, Ph.D.,R.D. (Vice-Chair)
Professor, Center on Nutrition Communication
Nancy M. Childs, Ph.D. (Secretary)
Professor of Food Marketing and Peck Fellowship
James E. Conlan (Treasurer Ex Officio)
(Retired) External Affairs Director
Rhona S. Applebaum, Ph.D.
Vice President, Chief Scientific & Health Officer
C. Daniel (Dan) Azzara, Ph.D.
Alan R. Warehime Professor
Philippe Caradec
Vice President, Regulatory and Corporate Affairs
Lowell Catlett, Ph.D.
Dean and Chief Administrative Officer, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
Fergus M. Clydesdale, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor and Director of the Food Science Policy Alliance
Madelyn Fernstrom, Ph.D., CNS
Professor of Psychiatry, Epidemiology and Surgery
Lisa Howard
Director, Global Government and Public Affairs
Roger T. Lawrence
Corporate Vice President, Quality Assurance & Regulatory
Steven Rizk, Ph.D.
Global Head of Scientific & Regulatory Affairs
Robert L. Thompson, Ph.D.
Visiting Scholar
Nancy Wellman, Ph,D., R.D. (Chair Emeritus)
Professor (Retired) of Dietetics and Nutrition

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 Pediatrics
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants
  • American Association of Diabetes Educators
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • 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.
  • Archer Daniels Midland Company
  • Atkins Nutritionals, Inc.
  • Barilla
  • Bayer CropScience LP
  • Cargill, Incorporated
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • Compass Group
  • The Dannon Company, Inc.
  • Dow AgroSciences, LLC
  • DuPont
  • Elanco
  • Ferrero USA
  • General Mills, Inc.
  • The Hershey Company
  • Hillshire Brands Company
  • The J.M. Smucker Company
  • J.R. Simplot Company
  • Kellogg
  • Kraft Foods
  • Mars, Incorporated
  • McCormick & Company, Inc.
  • McDonald’s Corporation
  • McNeil Nutritionals
  • Mead Johnson Nutrition
  • Mondelēz International
  • Monsanto Company
  • Nestlé
  • PepsiCo
  • Red Bull North America
  • Senomyx, Inc.
  • StarKist
  • Yum! Brands
  • Zoetis