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NFPA APPLAUDS IFT FOOD RESEARCH REPORT

 WASHINGTON, March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- A report by the Institute of Food Technologists on future food research needs "highlights the critical importance of funding such research," according to the National Food Processors Association (NFPA).
 "IFT's new report, which calls for increased funding of basic food research, should be closely studied by nutrition and health policy-makers," said Lester M. Crawford, NFPA's executive vice president-scientific affairs. "It underscores the fact that food research funding is low, despite its value to our nation's health and economic well-being."
 The IFT report, released today at a news conference in Washington, identified these six areas of critical need in food science and technology research:
 -- Food Safety, aimed at understanding and further reducing the causes of foodborne diseases and minimizing the spread of harmful pathogens in food.
 -- Diet, Nutrition and Health, particularly a better understanding of how diet and exercise affect long-term health.
 -- Biotechnology, examining the potential for new or improved foods and food ingredients.
 -- Environmental Issues, focusing on reducing releases, emissions and the solid waste stream.
 -- Molecular Basis of Food Functionality, to expedite the introduction of advanced technologies into food production.
 -- Engineering, Processing and Packaging, to make food processing systems and packaging safer, more efficient and environmentally benign.
 "We are impressed with the scope and usefulness of the IFT study," Crawford stated. "NFPA will use it as a blueprint for consideration of priorities in our three research laboratories."
 NFPA is the scientific voice of the food industry, concentrating exclusively on food issues. The association's research laboratories in Washington; Dublin, Calif.; and Seattle, employ 140 food scientists and technologists. NFPA's 500 member companies produce the nation's processed-packaged fruits and vegetables, meat and poultry, seafood, juices and drinks, and specialty products.
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 /NOTE: NFPA's state-of-the-art food science laboratory at 1401 New York Ave. N.W., Washington -- two blocks from the National Press Club -- is available for photos or videotaping if you wish to illustrate your coverage of food research needs./
 /CONTACT: Timothy Willard of the National Food Processors Association, 202-637-8060/


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