CSPI International
Center for Science in the Public Interest

Diet & Health/Food Labelling & AdvertisingFunctional FoodsFood Safety StandardsIACFOCodex Alimentarius CommissionWorld Trade OrganizationNAFTAGeneration ExcessSafe Food International

Caroline Smith DeWaal (csmithdewaal@cspinet.org)

Regional Directors:
Bill Jeffrey - North America (jeffreyb@istar.ca)
Natsuko Kumasawa - East Asia (natsuko@tabemono.info)
Tim Lobstein - Europe (foodcomm@compuserve.com)

Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), United States and Canada
Japan Offspring Fund, Japan
The Food Commission, United Kingdom
Consumers Association of Singapore
Union for the Protection of Consumers' Rights, Armenia
Lingue pour la Defénse du Consommatuer au Benin
Pro Teste, Brazil
Voluntary Organization in Interest of Consumer Education (VOICE), India
Consumer Association of Penang, Malaysia
Consumer Education Trust (CONSENT), Uganda
Zambian Consumers Association, Zambia
International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN)

IACFO - Working for Consumers Worldwide

The International Association of Consumer Food Organizations (IACFO) is an association of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that represent consumer interests in the areas of nutrition, food safety, and related food policy matters.

IACFO was formed in 1997 to increase consumer representation in the debate over the global food trade and to work with international agencies responsible for harmonizing standards related to the production, distribution, and sale of foods.

IACFO participates in meetings of the World Health Organization, the World Trade Organization, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the Codex Alimentarius Commission, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

IACFO and its members also represent consumer interests before government regulatory agencies on five continents and release reports examining current nutrition policy and food safety issues.


WHO Global Strategy On Diet and Health

  • IACFO pressed hard for the approval of the WHO Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health and is now working with national authorities to implement the Global Strategy particularly in the areas of limiting food marketing to children, reducing the salt, sugar, and fat content of processed foods, and improving food labeling.

Safe Food International ( http://safefoodinternational.org )

  • IACFO is a co-sponsor of Safe Food International (SFI), a project to empower consumer organizations to improve food safety on a global level. SFI's food safety guidelines have been endorsed by the WHO and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.


  • IACFO is a recognized observer at the Codex Alimentarius Commission, which is responsible for developing food standards recognized by the World Trade Organization. IACFO priorities have included Codex Committees for Food Labeling, Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Use, Import/Export Inspection and Certification Systems, Meat Hygiene, General Principles, and the Codex Ad Hoc Task Force on Biotechnology.


  • IACFO represents consumer interests in meetings of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development that examine a wide range of food and agricultural policy issues.


  • IACFO issues reports on leading food policy controveries. Past reports have included Broadcasting Bad Health, Why Food Marketing to Children Has to Be Controlled, and Functional Foods - Public Health Boon or 21st Century Quackery?

Board of Directors

Caroline Smith DeWaal
Center for Science in the Public Interest (U.S. & Canada)
1220 L St. N.W., Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20005 USA
Tel: + 1-202-777-8366
Fax: + 1-202-265-4954
E-mail: csmithdewaal@cspinet.org

Junichi Kowaka
Japan Offspring Fund
Honmachi-Higashi 2-14-18
Saitama-shi, Chuo-ku Japan 338-0003
Tel: + 81-48-851-1212
Fax: + 81-48-851-1214
E-mail: mail@tabemono.info

Tim Lobstein
94 White Lion Street
London N1 9PF
Tel: + (0)171-837-2250
Fax: + (0)171-837-1141
E-mail: foodcomm@compuserve.com


Union for the Protection of Consumers' Rights
33 Shiraki Str, Yerevan 375086 Armenia
E-mail: upcr@web.am / abgar@freenet.am

Ligue pour la Defénse du Consommateur
02 BP1112 Cotonou, rue de I'IITA, immeuble agence proximités
Tel: + (229) 2135 2458
Fax: + (229)2138 2873

Pro Teste
Av. Sernambetiba, 6420 - Barra da Tijuca
CEP 22630-013 - Rio de Janeiro - RJ Brazil
Tel: + 55 (21) 3906-3893
E-mail: mguimaraes@proteste.org.br

Voluntary Organization in Interest of Consumer Education (VOICE)
441 (Basement), Jangpura, Mathura Road
New Delhi - 110014, India
Tel: 91 + 11-24379078 /79 /80 /81
Fax: 91 + 11-24372121
E-mail: roopavajpayi@vsnl.com

Consumers Association of Penang (CAP)
10, Jalan Masjid Negeri, 11600 Penang, Malaysia
E-mail: cap1@streamyx.com / idris_md@streamyx.com

Consumers Association of Singapore
170 Ghim Moh Road #05-01
Ulu Pandan Community Building
Singapore 279621
Tel: + (65) Tel: 6463 6678
Fax: + (65) 6467 9055
E-mail: seahsc@case.org.sg

Consumer Education Trust (CONSENT)
GPO Box 1443, Kampala - Uganda
Tel: + 256 31 2260431 / 2
Fax: + 256 31 2260432
E-mail: consentug@yahoo.com

Zambia Consumers Association
Suite 91, 2nd Floor - Afcom House Building
Corner of Obote/Zambia Way Avenue
P.O. Box 21641
Kitwe, Zambia
Tel: + 260 2 224193
Fax: + 260 2 224193
E-mail: zaca@zamnet.zm.org

International Organizations
International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN)
34 Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1QY
United Kingdom
Tel: + (0) 1223 464 420
Fax: + (0) 1223 464 417

IAFCO members do not accept funding form the food industry.