Global

Growing Global

IFAC is committed to growing its global capacity and welcomes collaboration with international stakeholders. For more information on collaboration please, contact Judy Rogers at jrogers@kellencompany.com.

In recent years, IFAC has prioritized expansion of its global activities, capabilities and expertise. From establishing an IFAC office in Beijing, China, to participating in government-sponsored workshops in emerging markets and partnering with organizations in other parts of the world, IFAC provides a truly global voice to promote the benefits of food ingredients,. We also work to foster adoption of science-based regulations and unite industry stakeholders while cultivating a professional, responsible and sustainable global food environment.

IFAC China

In late 2012, in response to increased government focus on food safety, modernization of its food ingredient regulatory framework and subsequent regulatory activities that impacted members who did business in China, IFAC established IFAC China. The mission of IFAC China is to build a network of IFAC representatives in China to exchange information and technical expertise, develop positions, coordinate industry comments and work in concert with IFAC members elsewhere around the world to ensure global member support of food additive safety.

IFAC China is led by staff in Beijing who work in Mandarin and engage IFAC member company representatives based in the region. IFAC’s Mandarin speaking staff quickly and effectively engage with Chinese regulators on issues of importance, particularly when challenges arise. IFAC China enables IFAC to identify key regulatory proposals in real time, quickly translates proposals of interest into English, translate IFAC comments into Mandarin for regulatory submission, and establishes IFAC as a technical and scientific resource for Chinese authorities.  IFAC China provides IFAC with a foothold to reach all of Asia and has been critical in IFAC’s expansion in the region over the last several years.

Emerging Market Activities

IFAC enthusiastically supports and participates in the Emerging Markets Program (EMP), which is organized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), and is intended to build capacity of food industry stakeholders in developing countries. Over the past several years, EMP sessions have focused on informing producers, users and regulators in emerging markets about the safety and suitability of food additives, with a particular focus on combating chemophobia. IFAC has been represented at EMP sessions in China, Dubai, Thailand, and most recently Colombia.

IFAC has also participated in the Standards Alliance, a public-private partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) focused on providing capacity building assistance to developing countries. In January 2015, IFAC presented during a food additive-focused Standards Alliance program in El Salvador.

International Partnerships

IFAC has engaged a number of regulatory agencies and industry organizations to establish relationships, share information, offer technical and scientific expertise and collaborate when possible. In 2010, IFAC met with the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute of Nutrition and Food Safety, now the China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA), to explore areas of mutual interest. In 2011, IFAC and CFSA completed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which states the groups will share information and work on areas of mutual interest related to food ingredients. This MOU remains in place and IFAC meets annually with CFSA during the Codex Committee on Food Additives Meeting. Collaboration with CFSA whenever possible is a cornerstone of the IFAC China program, and the MOU provides IFAC with unique tool to nurture this type of collaboration in China.

IFAC has several other MOUs in place with other organizations. IFAC completed a MOU with the Importers and Exporters Association of Taipei (IEAT), which is intended to promote collaboration and information sharing between the groups. As a result of this new relationship, IFAC presented at a July 2015 workshop sponsored by Taiwan’s International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) office and IEAT. In addition, IFAC, on behalf of its Microbial Food Cultures (MFCs) and Probiotics Committee, completed a MOU with the European Food and Feed Cultures Association (EFFCA) to collaborate on issues specifically related to MFCs.