Cape Town Declaration

XVth World Congress of Food Science and Technology

Cape Town, South Africa

1. We, the delegates to the 13th General Assembly of the International Union
of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) held in Cape Town on August
26th 2010, recognise the valuable efforts already made by IUFoST to
promote and set objectives and standards for our profession, and we call on
IUFoST to further strengthen our efforts by means of the following principles
while continuing to monitor and report on the outcomes.

2. We recognise that access to nutritionally adequate and safe food is the right
of each individual. Accordingly we re-affirm the commitment made in our
Budapest Declaration (1995) in which we recognised the indispensable role
of food science and technology and undertook to apply it in seeking to
ensure the world-wide year-round availability of the quantity and variety of
safe and wholesome foods necessary to meet the nutritional and health
needs of the world’s growing population. Of particular importance are:

  • Promotion of the safety and quality of all foods;
  • Reduction of physical and nutritional losses in the food value chain;
  • Adaptation and improvement of traditional foods and processes, while respecting the traditional, ethical, cultural and religious aspects involved;
  • Beneficial application of science and technology;
  • Development and dissemination of improved knowledge of food composition;
  • Facilitation of domestic and international food trade;
  • Development of food materials with improved functionality;
  • More efficient and environmentally sustainable food production, processing and packaging;
  • Education in nutrition, food science and technology at all levels.

3. We recognise that there are many factors currently contributing to or
aggravating food and nutrition insecurity: poverty, poor health, natural
disasters, poor soil, water shortages, use of food crops for biofuel, political
and economic factors, wars, corrupt or inefficient governments, and the
global economic crisis. Moreover, in decades to come, with the expected
substantial increase in the world population (9.1 billion by 2050), mostly in
the poorest and least developed countries, coupled with the possible effects
of climate change, the demand for food, water and energy will greatly
increase. Thus, combating food insecurity must address both the present
and growing future problems. Many of the foregoing factors are beyond the
ability of food science and technology to control, or its expertise to
ameliorate. We accept that the problem of food insecurity has huge political
and economic dimensions and will not be solved by food science and
technology alone nor even by science alone; but it will certainly not be
solved without the contribution of science and of food science and

4. We reaffirm our commitment to seek to ensure food safety and in particular
protection from chemical or microbiological contamination, both by applying
existing food science and technology knowledge and by gaining improved
knowledge through research.

5. We reaffirm our continuing responsibility for promoting food science and
technology education and training at all levels and through all appropriate

  • For the present and future generation of food scientists and technologists;
  • For those involved in food production, whether urban or village, at all stages of the processes of sourcing, manufacture and distribution;
  • By engaging with the general public, to help them understand and welcome the benefits resulting from the application of food science and technology
  • For policy makers to assist them in taking science-based decisions.

6. We reaffirm the need for ongoing active collaboration and exchange of
information with other bodies, including governments, multilateral, bilateral
and non-governmental organisations, academic bodies, research
institutions, the private sector, communities and individuals, but particularly
those of the sciences contributing to or related to the multi-disciplinary
subject which is food science.

7. We recognise our continuing responsibility to promote and encourage
professionalism, transparency, professional competence and professional
integrity among all food scientists and technologists.

This Declaration was approved by the General Assembly Delegates to the XVth
World Congress of Food Science and Technology, held in Cape Town, South Africa,