The International Food Additives Council (IFAC) is a global association representing manufacturers of food ingredients. IFAC’s mission is to:
- Promote the benefits of food ingredients;
- Support science-based regulation worldwide; and
- Unite industry stakeholders and cultivate a professional, responsible and sustainable global food environment.
IFAC serves as an expert resource on national and international regulatory issues for its member companies, regulatory agencies, standard setting bodies and allied organizations.
- In the U.S., IFAC regularly engages the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on food ingredient regulatory issues, including implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) for food ingredients, Redbook and the food additive petition and Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) processes.
- IFAC also works closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), particularly the National Organic Program (NOP) and Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), to promote the use of member products and address potential barriers to trade.
- IFAC actively contributes to the activities of the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) through participation in the Food Ingredients Expert Committee (FIEC) for the Food Chemicals Codex (FCC) and other Advisory and Expert Panels.
IFAC is increasingly active outside the U.S., offering members global capabilities and experience in key growth regions with a focus on global harmonization.
- IFAC holds Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) observer status before the Codex Alimentarius Food Standards Programme and attends relevant Codex meetings, particularly the Codex Committee on Food Additives (CCFA) meetings.
- IFAC China, located in Beijing, directly engages regulators on key issues for food ingredient producers. IFAC member company representatives in Asia have a resource with which to work and share information in Mandarin or English on emerging issues in the region.
- IFAC has and continues to bolster its presence, capabilities and capacity in Europe and Asia through relationships, agreements and Memoranda of Understanding (MOU).
- IFAC has MOUs in place with the European Food and Feed Cultures Association (EFFCA), the China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA) and the Importers and Exporters Association of Taipei (IEAT).
IFAC members are headquartered on four continents and distribute products to nearly every country in the world. Membership is open to any organization producing food additives or ingredients.