Upcoming Conferences

Foresight from the COVID-19 Pandemic (FCP)
06-01-2022 - 12-31-2022

Introduction COVID-19 has taught the world, once again, the painful lesson that the lack of preparedness for infectious disease pandemics is a tragic ...    


Agricultural Biosurveillance, Biosecurity, and Biodefense (ABBB)
06-01-2022 - 12-31-2022

Introduction: The vulnerabilities of the U.S. food and agricultural systems to natural and intentional attack and alteration have long been recognize...    


GPHEF - Production and Exportation
08-15-2022 - 08-19-2022

Introduction: The often-dramatic advancements in science and technology that have characterized the outset of the 21st century are now important tools...    


GPHEF - Importation and Innovation
09-26-2022 - 09-30-2022

Introduction: The often-dramatic advancements in science and technology that have characterized the outset of the 21st century are now important tools...    


Safety, Benefits, and Transparency Are Critical to Consumer Acceptance of Innovative Foods

Innovative foods are in the marketplace and new ones are forthcoming. To obtain consumer acceptance, innovative foods must be safe, they must provide benefits, and there must be transparency. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), or some similar independent body, must review safety data from the developer and confirm the product’s safety. Innovative food developers, and producers and retailers using these ingredients in their products, need to articulate the societal and individual benefits of the technologies they are using and the resulting products containing those ingredients. Traditional on-package and electronic information about innovative foods must be truthful and non-misleading, and it must clearly differentiate the products from foods produced using conventional methods. Without an independent safety determination, an explanation on the benefits of each application, and meaningful transparency, consumers could become suspicious of innovative foods and reject them.