Food safety is recognized as a universal public health concern. Enormous economic and human resources are invested globally to ensure that there is a safe food supply. However, most of these resources are focused on the reduction of harm from chemical and microbial contaminants present in foods, rather than on the safety of the foods themselves. The ILSI Research Foundation addresses this challenge by providing information resources and capacity building activities for scientists, regulators and the public.
Collaborators & Partners
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, Canadian Grains Council, CropLife International
Areas of Focus
The ILSI Research Foundation is focused on the following activities related to genetically engineered (GE) food and feed safety assessments:
The ILSI Crop Composition Database contains over 972,000 data points on the natural composition variability of conventionally grown crops that can be used to assess similarities and differences in important nutrients and anti-nutrients.
The ILSI Research Foundation has developed e-Learning courses that focus on how basic decisions are made regarding food safety and how problem formulation can be used in assessments to ensure they are fit for purpose.
Understanding the need for technical capacity building for food safety assessment, the ILSI Research Foundation shares its knowledge and scientific expertise by facilitating regional workshops and developing and disseminating reference materials.
The ILSI Research Foundation together with ILSI Focal Point in China, the National Institute for Nutrition and Health at China CDC, and the Chinese Society of Agricultural Biotechnology are organizing a one-day workshop focused on the food safety of foods derived from genetically engineered crops.
The ILSI Research Foundation attended the OECD Task Force on the Safety of Novel Foods and Feeds, which works on technical issues related to the food safety of novel foods and feeds, including food derived from transgenic organisms.
The ILSI Research Foundation attended the OECD Working Group on the Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology, to advance their work in support of environmental risk assessment of transgenic organisms.
The ILSI Research Foundation hosted a scientific session at the ILSI Annual Meeting in La Jolla, California titled Hungry Cities: The Global Revolution in Food Systems.
The ILSI Annual Meeting was held in January 2017. It is a unique opportunity that brings together experts from government, academia, private sector and non-governmental organizations, to address global issues.
- Scientific sessions
- Keynote lectures
- Networking events
- Poster session
- Branch meetings
- Board of Trustees, Advisory Council and Working Group meetings
To view the entire schedule for the Annual Meeting, click here.Scientific Session
On January 23, 2017, the ILSI Research Foundation hosted a scientific session at the ILSI Annual Meeting titled Hungry Cities: The Global Revolution in Food Systems. View the agenda and presentations here.Accomodations
The ILSI Annual Meeting will be held at the Hilton Torrey Pines, 10950 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, California, 92307.
The ILSI Research Foundation has secured a special discounted rate at the Hilton for reservations made by December 19. Register for your hotel accommodations online or by phone 1-858-558-1500. Please be sure you have received an invitation to Annual Meeting before you make your hotel reservations. Please contact Emily Grossberg about receiving an invitation: firstname.lastname@example.org
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