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New book on worldwide nutraceuticals and functional foods regulations to serve as valuable resource

The recently published Nutraceutical and Functional Food Regulations in the United States and Around the World (Elsevier/Academic Press, 2008) provides regulatory executives, marketers, and functional food formulators a guide to the current regulations for developing and marketing functional foods, according to the book's editor, Debasis Bagchi, Ph.D., senior vice president of research and development at InterHealth Nutraceuticals.

The book covers the regulatory hurdles for marketing; manufacturing compliance and analytical validation; the importance of safety assessments; regulations around the world; and intellectual property. The book demonstrates the global scenario on the acceptance and demand for nutraceuticals and functional foods and includes regulations from South America, Canada, European Union, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Japan, Korea, China, India and Southeast Asia, as well as the United States.

"Dr. Bagchi's book is an excellent resource for large multi-national companies that are looking to develop and introduce functional foods around the world," said Paul Dijkstra, InterHealth's CEO, "We are fortunate to have his expertise here at InterHealth, where our goal is to bring efficacious functional ingredients to a worldwide audience. Dr. Bagchi brings the industry up-to-date on how to introduce these products to consumers looking to improve their health through better nutrition."

In addition to his role with InterHealth, Dr. Bagchi is a professor of toxicology in the Departments of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Houston. He also serves as vice president of the American College of Nutrition.

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