The International Food Information Council Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan educational foundation based in Washington, D.C.
Our mission is to effectively communicate science-based information about health, nutrition and food safety for the public good.
We were formed in 1991 as the public education arm of the International Food Information Council (IFIC). We originally were named the Food Education Foundation and later renamed the International Food Information Council Foundation.
We envision a global environment where credible science drives food policy and consumer choice, and we exist to help facilitate that environment.
By its nature, scientific research is not readily accessible to most people and can be difficult to understand. We help consumers understand scientific findings regarding health, nutrition, and food safety in language that is clear and easy to apply to their diets and lifestyles.
We help stakeholders including health and nutrition professionals, educators, government officials, journalists, food, beverage, and agricultural industry professionals, and consumers stay on top of the latest research and trends. In addition to our publications, which are available through www.FoodInsight.org, we also bring public and private stakeholders together for conferences and discussions surrounding health, nutrition and food safety topics of mutual interest.
Here are some of our tools and resources to help consumers make informed choices:
Our media team helps journalists and bloggers who are writing about health, nutrition and food safety. For example, we connect journalists with credentialed experts. We help reporters understand what the public thinks about food safety and nutrition topics (by sharing the results of our consumer attitudinal research). We arrange briefings on the latest in food safety, health, and nutrition information. We organize webcasts that share new insights. We send alerts to journalists to help add context to breaking issues. We work to ensure accuracy and correct misinformation in the blogosphere. Through a past partnership with the Harvard School of Public Health, we offer tools to help journalists understand and accurately report on emerging science on nutrition, food safety, and health. Contact our media relations department at 202-296-6540 or email@example.com.
Out of our 1+ million annual website visits, 35 to 40 percent typically come from outside the United States. On an annual basis, FoodInsight.org is visited by people in every country of the world and speakers of more than 90 languages. We also are able translate key resources into additional languages.
While we are primarily a U.S. based educational organization, the "International" in our name recognizes the global nature of food and health issues. We are part of an independent network of Food Information Organizations (FIOs) and partners from around the world. Click here to learn more about the members of the FIO Network which are located in key countries and regions. We also engage with developed and emerging market countries, host and participate in global conferences and workshops, facilitate the International Center of Excellence in Food Risk Communication, and have an international section on our website with articles and key events that are international in scope.
A Board of Trustees oversees the Foundation. The majority of our Trustees represent universities, governmental bodies, research laboratories, and public foundations. The balance of our Trustees represent for-profit companies.
We receive funding from four sources:
We are a §501(c)(3) public education foundation as determined by the Internal Revenue Service. Contributions are deductible as charitable contributions. The organization’s public foundation tax status also permits contributions from other foundations (both public and private) as well as government grants and support. For information on how to contribute, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|International Food Information Council Foundation||IFIC|
501(c)3 public education foundation
|Vision||A global environment where credible science drives food policy and consumer choice.|
|Mission||To effectively communicate science-based information about health, nutrition and food safety for the public good.||To effectively communicate science-based information about food safety and nutrition to health professionals, government officials, educators, journalists, and consumers.
|Oversight||Board of Trustees
A majority represent universities, governmental bodies, research laboratories and public foundations.
|Board of Directors
We monitor the food safety and nutrition topics that are of the greatest interest to consumers through various outlets, including traditional media and social media. We also examine how consumers perceive risks and how they understand and interpret communications such as labels on packages or health and safety messages from the government. Based on this analysis, we select topics for our research.
Our attitudinal research is conducted according to accepted methodologies, which we detail in each report that we publish. One example of a research product is our International Food Information Council Foundation Food & Health Survey.
Often, we make our research available in published literature by working with experts on peer-reviewed research reports in respected journals.
We provide our educational materials to policymakers, often during a public comment period or through other educational opportunities with our partners. We also make our research available to federal government press offices and others who seek additional context on consumer research on food and nutrition issues.
In addition, we play a convening role by organizing conferences that bring together different stakeholders and policymakers to better understand the issues of the day.
One of our greatest strengths is our deep and extensive network of more than 400+ credentialed experts in food safety, health, and nutrition. Many of these experts are based at universities and all are accomplished in their fields. We rely on these experts to review the accuracy and context of our educational materials, help us understand emerging issues, participate in webcasts, and speak at conferences around the world.
In addition, when reporters contact us seeking information, we often refer them to relevant experts who can help inform the public at large. We have no control over whether or not experts respond to the reporters who reach out to them. Similarly, we do not approve their remarks or have control over what these experts say. We never ask experts to speak in support of any company, product, brand or industry. We do not pay experts for media interviews.
No. In accordance with our Guiding Principles, we do not speak for any industry, company or product. We do not endorse products or accept advertising. Our work is based on scientific consensus, and we produce educational materials that reflect the current and evolving state of the science.
No. In accordance with our Guiding Principles, we do not take positions, lobby, or advocate for legislation or regulations. We do not have a political action committee (PAC). We do not hold fundraisers or contribute to candidates for political office.
We encourage our staff to participate in discussions in social media, as we know this is an important and effective way to reach people. In accordance with our Guiding Principles, our staff must identify themselves as International Food Information Council Foundation representatives when they are communicating on behalf of the organization.