National Center for Food Safety and Technology
The National Center for Food Safety and Technology (NCFST), IFSH's cornerstone principal operating center, will continue to operate under its long-time cooperative agreement between IIT and FDA, focusing on design and performance of a variety of collaborative and cooperative research projects across several focus areas, including microbiology, chemical constituents, allergens, food processing, packaging, methods validation, and nutrition.
For more information on how the IFSH National Center for Food Safety and Technology can add value to your organization, please contact:
Armand Paradis, Director, Business Development
Continuing Two Decades of Scientific Excellence
Founded in 1988, the National Center for Food Safety and Technology (NCFST) is a unique research consortium among the US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (FDA CFSAN), Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and the food industry. Under the cooperative agreement, NCFST was established by IIT to bring together the food safety and technology expertise of academia, industry and FDA with the common goal of enhancing and improving the safety of food for US consumers.
Under the newly formed Institute for Food Safety and Health, NCFST will continue to provide a one-of-a-kind neutral ground where industry, academia and government scientists pool their expertise and institutional perspectives to drive food science and technology forward to assure safe and healthy foods for consumers. For more than two decades, this successful collaborative research model has served as a forum for industry to interact with FDA to address critical food processing issues, providing the foundation for scientifically sound, sensible regulations leading to safer food products, and supplying food companies and technology developers with authoritative science-based information to enhance the safety of their production systems and finished products.
- Leading status as the only FDA Center of Excellence in the nation where scientists from an entire FDA Division are co-located with university researchers to work side-by-side on food safety, nutrition and technology research projects.
- Provides the foundation for sound, sensible science-based regulations policy decisions affecting the nation’s food supply.
- Cost-effective research vehicle, based on a synergy between academia, government and industry members, to address and resolve critical food processing and packaging issues.
- Opportunity to interact with FDA and IIT scientists to examine whether a given food safety issue is likely to be a real or perceived public health risk in a timely manner in order to manage their own company’s business risk and ensure compliance with FDA policy and regulation.
- Allows companies to gain an early insight into emerging food safety and public health issues from the CFSAN perspective to assess the safety of new technologies that may be important for innovation.
- Early collaboration with FDA may also facilitate speed to market through the regulatory process.