Once IFSH was formed, NCFST became its own entity within the organization, with its original cooperative agreement between IIT and the FDA remaining in place.
As part of the IIT-FDA partnership, NCFST focuses on a variety of collaborative projects with the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) division, including research in the fields of microbiology, chemical constituents, allergens, food processing, packaging, methods validation and nutrition.
One small NCFST study conducted by researchers from UC Davis and Penn State University found that after six weeks on a diet high in tomato products, overweight and obese subjects had increased blood vessel diameter as compared to the controls.
The NCFST has been known to allow industry groups to co-sponsor its work; two of its recent subject-recruitment listings on ClinicalTrials.
is a unique research consortium among 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, NCFST
was established by IIT to bring together the food safety and technology expertise of academia, industry and FDA in the common goal of enhancing and improving the safety of food for U.
, Flow and a handful of major food companies plan to develop high pressure as a treatment technology with both civilian and military benefits.
At the NCFST
, researchers have built a prototype magnetic thermometer to measure temperatures in objects moving through 2-inch diameter or smaller piping.
In the past, work done at the NCFST
has mainly focused on the effects of thermal processing and chemical treatments on fumonisin in corn products.