Advocacy Toolkits

Welcome to our scientific toolkits. Here you will find IFT content about specific, meaningful topics – ranging from date labeling to food traceability – that you can leverage to inform your personal networks. The science-backed information is meant to dispel common misconceptions around important topics and should be used as a thoughtful tool in promoting knowledge.

Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering

Date Labeling

The use of genetic modification techniques and technologies to enhance or produce food and ingredients, often referred to as biotechnology, genetic engineering (GE), or “GMOs,” has often been subject to controversy and misinformation. Some view biotechnology and genetic engineering as a threat to health, biodiversity, and the environment. Others believe the scientific advancements in the newer genetic modification capabilities have valuable benefits: helping to provide nutrition-related benefits, enhance food safety, ensure better harvests for farmers, reduce the environmental impact of the food system, and contribute to sustainability.

Date Labeling

Date Labeling

Because date labeling terminology and use varies so extensively in the United States and other countries, there is considerable misunderstanding about what it means with regard to quality or safety of the food or beverage product. This misunderstanding leads to food waste—a substantial global issue—when products are unnecessarily discarded because they are thought to be unsuitable for consumption. This toolkit provides factual information to provide a better understanding, including shareable content to get the word out to your professional and personal networks.

Blockchain and Emerging Technology


In the last two decades, there have been significant investments in digitization and logistics that have spurred the proliferation of many innovative, but highly technical solutions. Recordkeeping regulatory requirements and the ever-present need to mitigate food safety risk have facilitated the demand to utilize these technologies in food operations. The food industry has complex supply chains, diverse technology adoption, high throughput, and smaller profit margins. Leaders in the food industry must understand these technologies to make informed investment decisions surrounding IT architecture investment and data collection tools. IFT’s Global Food Traceability Center has created materials about blockchain, a novel data sharing framework that has special interest within the food industry, and other emerging digital technologies, such as embedded internet enabled sensors or Artificial Intelligence. By utilizing these resources, business leaders may have confidence when navigating products and specifications from both startups and established solution providers.

Traceability Technologies


Food traceability is the ability to track a given food or ingredient from its point of production (e.g. farm, abattoir, harvest at sea) through processing, manufacturing, and transportation to retail and sale to consumer. IFT - GFTC has a long history in providing guidance, recommendations, and research to government and industry stakeholders. In this toolkit, we highlight resources IFT-GFTC has created to better understand and conceptualize the design of traceability systems. These resources can be used for a variety of use cases including food safety, illegal/fraudulent product, and sustainability and cover diverse food products, such as produce, dairy, and seafood.

Nutrition Facts Label


The first Nutrition Facts Label regulations were published in 1993 and launched in 1994. More than two decades later, in 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released new requirements for the Nutrition Facts Label to provide recent and accurate nutrition information about foods based on updated scientific data and more recent consumer behavior trends. Given the delayed compliance date for the new requirements and implementation by manufacturers, some packaged food products may already have the new label, while others may not. Hence, both the old and the new version of the label may be seen on food and beverage products until the effective compliance date (January 2020 for most manufacturers and January 1, 2021 for small manufacturers), when all products in the marketplace are required to bear the new label.

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