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Institute for Food Safety and Health

The Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) is a research consortium consisting of the United States 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, the Institute was established by IIT to bring together the food safety and technology expertise of academia, industry and government as a consortium in the common goal of enhancing and improving the safety of food for U.S. consumers.[1]


The Institute was established as the National Center for Food Safety and Technology (NCFST) in 1988 with a $6.9 million donation of seven buildings and grounds by Corn Products International to IIT in 1988, located in the IIT Moffett Campus. The Moffett Technical Center consists of office, laboratory and pilot plant space located in Bedford Park, IL in the near west suburbs of Chicago. It was built in 1948-49 and named in honor of George M. Moffett, then-president of Corn Products Refining Co.

The main building features bas relief murals created by architectural sculptor Lee Lawrie, who is best known for the Atlas statue in front of New York City’s Rockefeller Center. The panels depict various scenes of the history of corn and corn production in the Americas, including a buffalo hunt showing primitive corn grass, Native Americans cultivating and harvesting corn, and American corn milling and processing. One panel, labeled "Argo," appears to be symbolic of the Moffett Technical Center itself, showing an engineer working in the pilot plant, a chemist with retorts and test tubes, and a scientist at a microscope.

In 2011, the NCFST was rebranded as the Institute for Food Safety and Health. The NCFST now operates as a center within the institute, along with new platforms such as the Center for Nutrition Research, Center for Processing Innovation, and the Center for Specialty Programs. IFSH has "nearly 50 FDA personnel, nearly 50 IIT faculty and students, and more than 50 food industry-related partner companies."[2] The institute is currently located in Bedford Park, IL, although it formerly identified as being located in Summit, IL.

The Moffett campus contains microbiology, chemistry, process engineering, and nutrition laboratories. The institute also contains a BSL-3 laboratory and biocontainment pilot plant, which is the only BSL-3 biocontainment plant in the United States. IFSH provides Masters of Science in food safety and technology and food process engineering, and also a food processing specialist certificate.[3]

See also


  1. ^ "About". IIT IFSH. Illinois Institute of Technology. Archived from the original on 28 June 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "IIT Opens Institute for Food Safety and Health". Food Product Design. 14 April 2011. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Institute for Food Safety and Health. "Commonsense Science. Uncommonly Practised." (PDF). Archived from the original on 21 July 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
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