The International Association of Consumer Food Organizations (IACFO)
The International Association of Consumer Food Organizations (IACFO) is an international association of non-governmental organizations that represent consumer interests in the areas of food safety and nutrition policy. IACFO was formed in 1997 in recognition of the growth in the international food trade and the globalization of the food industry. The founding members are the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the Japan Offspring Fund, and the Food Commission UK. IACFO has been recognized as an official observer by the United Nations Codex Alimentarius Commission. All members of IACFO are independently funded and do not accept funding from the food industry. IACFO is incorporated in accordance with the laws of the District of Columbia, USA.
U.S. Office: 1220 L St. N.W., Suite 300, Washington, D.C. 20005
Center for Science in the Public Interest
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a non-profit consumer organization with offices in the United States and Canada, was formed in 1971. CSPI's twin missions are to conduct innovative research and advocacy programs in the areas of health and nutrition and to provide consumers with current, useful information about their own health and well-being. CSPI is supported by the more than 900,000 subscribers to its Nutrition Action Healthletter.
The Japan Offspring Fund
The Japan Offspring Fund (JOF) is a non-profit organization devoted to research and education on matters involving the safety of daily life, including chemical residues in foods and food-related diseases. JOF is supported by more than 5,000 members in Japan and publishes a newsletter, Safety of Our Food and Life in Japanese and English.
The Food Commission UK
The Food Commission, a non-profit public interest organization with offices in the United Kingdom, was formed in 1989. The Food Commission aims to promote public health and education through research and publication activities in the areas of food production, distribution, consumption and nutrition. The Food Commission relies primarily on funds raised through the 10,000 readers of its journal, The Food Magazine.
This report was prepared by Ilene Ringel Heller (CSPI), Yoko Taniguchi (JOF) and Tim Lobstein (Food Commission UK). The report was edited by Bruce Silverglade and Michael Jacobson. A special thank you goes to Jack Winkler, Director of Food & Health Research (UK).
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