Privacy Policy | Rules for Using the Web Site

General Privacy Statement is a Web site of the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation. This Online Privacy Policy is made available to you in order to make you aware of how collects and uses individual identifying information from visitors to our Web site. is dedicated to the principle of protecting consumer privacy on the Internet, especially for children. developed its privacy practices for children from guidelines established by the Children's Advertising Review Unit (CARU) of the Better Business Bureau and in compliance with the requirements of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

Individual Identifying Information
"Individual identifying information" is information that enables us to identify you, such as your name, address, e-mail address, other information you provide to us, or information that is collected automatically during your visit to our Web site. respects your privacy. We want to make use of individual identifying information that you provide to us to serve you better. collects the following information from visitors to our Web site: domain name from which the visitor came; information regarding which pages on our Web site are accessed; name; age; gender; state; e-mail address; and other information volunteered by you in response to survey information within the Web site, if any. We will never sell or share any of the individual identifying information with any third party without your consent or court order. You may review or update any of the individual identifying information that we collect online either directly on our Web site or by sending an e-mail to

We will be using your e-mail address to provide you with information we think you will be interested in, for example, to send you our newsletters, notify you of new features, or inform you about updates to our Web site. You can let us know at any time if you would prefer not to receive any or all of this information either directly on our Web site or by sending an e-mail to Privacy Policy Regarding Children is very sensitive to privacy issues regarding children. The Web site offers many features that do not require a child to provide any personal information. collects only limited personal information from children under the age of 13 (such as their e-mail addresses) to respond to their online requests, or to enter the child in a contest, for example. The information is promptly deleted from our system once the communication with the child has taken place. will not collect more detailed information from a child under the age of 13, such as a street address or telephone number, without the express consent of a parent or legal guardian. At times, we will ask a child to provide an e-mail address of a parent or legal guardian so we can notify the parent of the child’s participation in certain features, or to seek parental consent for the child to provide personal information to

Personal information collected from children with parental consent is used solely by or other entities that provide technical or other services to For example, such entities may provide services, such as updating our Web site or conducting a contest. Personal information collected from children with parental consent is not shared with, sold, or transferred to third parties other than those entities. may offer features or programs that will require parents to provide credit card information as a method of verification of parental consent when children provide personal identifying information, or participate in such features or programs. No fee is charged to the credit card. The credit card number is encrypted for your safety and once the credit card number is verified, does not retain the number. will not condition a child’s participation in an activity or site feature on the child’s disclosure of more personal information than is reasonably necessary to participate in an online activity.

Parents or guardians of children under the age of 13 who provide personal information to can correct, update and delete personal information from our database at any time by sending an e-mail to or by visiting the Web site and editing your account in the “My Profile” or “Family Profile” sections of the site.

We use "cookies" to track traffic patterns on our Web site, to determine the usefulness of information to our users and to see how effective our navigational structure is in helping users reach that information. A "cookie" is a small data file that the Web site writes to your computer hard drive when you visit it. A cookie file can contain information such as a user ID that the site uses to track the pages you have visited, but the only personal information a cookie can contain is information you supply yourself. A cookie cannot read data off your hard drive or read cookie files created by other Web sites. does not correlate this information with data about individual users, nor does it share this information or sell it to any third party. You will need to have cookies turned on to fully utilize the benefits of the Web site.

Changes to Privacy Statement
Because of changes in Internet technology and practices, this Privacy Policy may change from time to time. Please consult this portion of the Web site, as soon as it is available, for important changes to the Privacy Policy as they occur. By using the site after posts any changes to this Privacy Policy, you agree to accept those changes, whether or not you have reviewed them, and such acceptance shall be deemed legally conclusive. Given the significant size of transactions on this site, you agree that the foregoing policies are inherently reasonable under the circumstances. If at any time you choose not to accept the terms of this Privacy Policy, you will not use

No Liability for Acts of Third Parties
Although will use reasonable efforts to safeguard the confidentiality of your personally identifiable information, transmissions made by means of the Internet cannot be made absolutely secure. will have no liability for disclosure of information due to errors in transmission or unauthorized acts of third parties.

Please note that if you give out personal identification information online—for example, through a message board, a chat room or otherwise, that information can be collected and used by third parties. Although we strive to protect our users' privacy, we cannot guarantee the security of information you post in these forums. You disclose such information at your own risk.

Rules for Using the Web Site

Welcome to the Web site. We hope you find this site to be a useful and easy to use place to find up to date information about health, food, nutrition, and exercise.

Please read this information carefully. This page will tell you about the Rules for using the Web site. If you don’t understand anything on this page, you should ask your parents or another responsible adult to explain what this page is saying. If you use this Web site, you are agreeing to follow these Rules. If you don’t agree to follow these Rules, please don’t use the Web site. Also, we may change these Rules, so please visit this page again from time to time.

Medical, Food, Nutrition, and Exercise Information
When you use this Web site, please remember that information from our site is not supposed to be medical, nutrition, or exercise advice for you personally. You should get that information directly from your doctor, a qualified health professional, nutritionist, or exercise expert.

The information on this Web site is not a substitute for professional medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease instead of speaking with your doctor or a qualified health professional. Please see your doctor or health professional with any questions about any medical problems you may have.

We are not legally responsible for any damages or injuries that happen to you or that you suffer resulting directly or indirectly from your use of our Web site or any sites linked to our Web site. Links are present on our Web site to take you to other Web sites about health, food, nutrition and exercise information. Having these links on our Web site though, doesn’t mean that is approving these other linked Web sites or that we agree with what these linked sites say, or the health, nutrition, or exercise advice they may give.

Although we try very hard to make sure that all the information on our Web site is 100% accurate, complete, and up to date, we can’t legally guarantee you that, and we are not legally responsible if the information is not 100% accurate, complete, or up to date.

You can reach us at any time by calling, writing, or sending us an e-mail:
c/o International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation
1100 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Suite 430
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-296-6540
Fax: 202-296-6547