The preceding subjects demonstrate that the IFT is active on several fronts in bringing food science to a high state of development. For a long time it has had an international presence too. Reference was made above to the number of articles published in JFS by others in the global community. For many years, the IFT has had four regional sections outside the country: England, British Columbia (Canada), Japan, and Mexico. Some years ago the IFT decided not to charter any more regional sections abroad. It did so to avoid any possible conflict with existing food science societies in other countries or with the formation of societies in countries presenting lacking such an organization. The IFT has, however, maintained affiliation with several societies abroad. At present there are 22 "affiliates" of the IFT. Some countries, such as Spain, have more than one affiliate. There currently is a recommendation that the IFT change the name of the relation from "affiliate" to "allied" to be sure that the relation is understood to be between equals.

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