The International Food Additives Council (IFAC) is a global association representing manufacturers and end-users of food ingredients, including food additives.

Our mission is to:

  • Promote the benefits of food ingredients
  • Advocate for science-based regulations and policies worldwide
  • Unite industry stakeholders and cultivate a professional, responsible, and sustainable global food environment.

IFAC Members range from small to large global companies that produce and/or use food ingredients, including food additives, generally recognized as safe (GRAS) substances, and microbial food cultures and probiotics.

IFAC serves as a resource on national and international scientific, regulatory, standards development, and reputation management issues for its member companies, and is actively engaged with regulatory agencies, standard-setting bodies, and allied organizations.

Based in the United States, IFAC…

Regularly engages the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on food ingredient and food safety issues, including implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act, Good Manufacturing Practices for food ingredients, food additive and GRAS processes, and the FDA’s Nutrition Innovation Strategy.

Works closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program and Foreign Agricultural Service to promote the safe use of member products in the U.S. and global markets.

Holds Non-Governmental Organization observer status before the Codex Alimentarius Food Standards Programme, playing an active role in the Codex Committee on Food Additives and engaging other Committees of IFAC interest.

Maintains Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with the China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment, European Food and Feed Cultures Association, International Dairy Federation, Phosphoric Acid & Phosphates Producers Association and the Importers and Exporters Association of Taipei, which help facilitate collaboration and the exchange of information on key topics of mutual interest.

Coordinates with partner organizations and other U.S. and international stakeholders to address emerging issues facing the food ingredients industry and disseminate fact-based messaging.

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