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Who We Work With

IFPTI is a recognized leader in the effort to create a safe global food supply. Through both domestic and international collaborations, IFPTI brings together a powerful food protection community to operate more effectively, in more places, to achieve our common goals.


US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for protecting the public health by ensuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices; and by ensuring the safety of our nation's food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. FDA also has responsibility for regulating the manufacturing, marketing, and distribution of tobacco products to protect the public health and to reduce tobacco use by minors. FDA is responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medical products more effective, safer, and more affordable and by helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medical products and foods to maintain and improve their health. FDA also plays a significant role in the Nation's counterterrorism capability. FDA fulfills this responsibility by ensuring the security of the food supply and by fostering development of medical products to respond to deliberate and naturally emerging public health threats.

Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO)

AFDO is an international, non-profit organization that is in the forefront of streamlining and simplifying regulations by either drafting regulatory rules or by commenting on government proposals. By developing a broad base of support for new approaches, AFDO has become a recognized voice in determining the rules and shape of the regulatory playing field of the future. The consensus that AFDO develops is key to advancing uniform laws, regulations, and guidelines that result in more efficient regulation and less confusion among industry in the marketplace. AFDO develops support for its positions by interfacing with high-level regulatory officials, industry representatives, trade associations, and consumer organizations. This continues to have a significant impact on regulations at the federal, state and local level.

Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH)

Established in 2011, the Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) is a world-class food science research institute that produces knowledge-based outcomes in the areas of food safety, food defense, and nutrition for stakeholders in government, industry, and academia. IFSH’s collaborative research model facilitates innovation in the food industry through the assessment and validation of new and novel food safety and preservation technologies, processing and packaging systems, microbiological and chemical methods, health promoting food components, and risk management strategies. Located in Bedford Park, Ill., IFSH builds on and expands the vital work of the National Center for Food Safety and Technology (NCFST), a unique research consortium of IIT, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the food industry. For more than 20 years, the center has provided a collaborative environment where scientists from industry, academia, and government pool their scientific expertise and institutional perspectives to ensure the production of safe, wholesome foods. With its elevation to institute status at IIT, the Institute for Food Safety and Health is strongly positioned to continue this legacy, assisting the nation’s food companies and regulators with practical, authoritative information that supports science-based decision making, especially in light of new requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)

Mitigating risks to food safety is the CFIA's highest priority, and the health and safety of Canadians is the driving force behind the design and development of CFIA programs. The CFIA, in collaboration and partnership with industry, consumers, and federal, provincial and municipal organizations, continues to work towards protecting Canadians from preventable health risks related to food and zoonotic diseases. The current and future economic prosperity of the Canadian agriculture and forestry sectors relies on a healthy and sustainable animal and plant resource base. As such, the CFIA is continually improving its program design and delivery in the animal health and plant resource areas in order to minimize and manage risks. In an effort to protect the natural environment from invasive animal and plant diseases and plant pests, the CFIA also performs extensive work related to the protection of environmental biodiversity.

Safe Food Canada

Safe Food Canada is a not for profit organization aiming to align food protection education nationwide in Canada. Safe Food Canada is a joint industry-government-academia partnership. SFC’s primary objective is to define competency-based learning outcomes against which all food protection learning can be benchmarked and certified. By prescribing content and requirements that meet international standards, Safe Food Canadabuilds a foundation to ensure that all learning and training designed and delivered by various learning providers across Canada will uphold, and continuously improve, food protection performance across the spectrum.

GMA Science Education Foundation

The GMA Science and Education Foundation (GMA SEF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation that provides significant and meaningful scientific and educational contributions to the food and consumer products industry. Through the foundation, the global food industry can leverage state-of-the-art technologies and processes with the technical expertise provided by GMA's scientific staff to achieve timely results and solutions. The mission of the foundation is to deliver innovative research, state-of-the art training and best-in-class education programs to the food industry and consumers and, thereby, contributes to the delivery of high quality, safe food and consumer products.

National Environmental Health Association

The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) is an educational and professional organization that represents and supports professionals in the field of environmental health. NEHA provides quality education and trainings across the country and internationally, and works closely with health departments and subject matter experts. NEHA was incorporated in 1937 and offers the most up-to-date environmental health and food safety information to its members and the public health profession. NEHA provides continuing education, credentials and certificate programs, fosters networking and career growth, hold an annual education conference, and publishes the peer-reviewed Journal of Environmental Health as well as several other environmental health and food safety publications. NEHA’s mission is “to advance the environmental health professional for the purpose of providing a healthful environment for all."

The Association of Public Health Laboratories

The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) works to strengthen laboratory systems serving the public’s health in the US and globally. APHL’s member laboratories protect the public’s health by monitoring and detecting infectious and foodborne diseases, environmental contaminants, terrorist agents, genetic disorders in newborns and other health threats.