At a recent meeting in Las Vegas on October 19, 2006, the newly formed Global Organization of EPA and DHA Omega-3 (GOED Omega-3) elected the following members to its Board of Directors:
Philip Fass – Martek Biosciences
Thomas Grys – Denomega
Baldur Hjaltason – EPAX
Ian Newton – Ceres Consulting
Robert Orr – Ocean Nutrition Canada
Bob Rasmus – Lipid Nutrition
Olav Sandnes – Marine Nutraceuticals
David Shannon – Croda Inc.
Richard Weis – OmegaPure
Robert Orr, of Ocean Nutrition Canada, was elected Chairman and Thomas Grys, of Denomega, was elected Vice Chair.
GOED Omega-3 is an international, not-for-profit trade association that was formed by a group of highly committed companies, in October 2006. The Association is committed to increasing the market and regulatory approvals for EPA & DHA Omega 3 based products, developing EPA and DHA omega 3 consumer awareness and education strategies, and implementing quality standards and other measures that will continue to increase consumer confidence in the Omega-3 EPA/DHA category.
GOED Omega-3 will help facilitate the ongoing scientific research around the many health benefits of EPA and DHA. They will also work to communicate this information to consumers in the hopes of better educating the public about these health benefits. In this way, GOED Omega-3 aims to improve awareness and availability of omega 3s and thereby improve the nutrition, health and wellbeing of people around the world.
Based on the commitment from the initial 15 founding members, a new office for this global trade association has opened in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The following list represents the current founding member companies:
DSM Nutritional Products
Napro Pharma AS
Ocean Nutrition Canada
Robert Orr, the newly elected Chairman of GOED Omega-3 said, “We’re excited about the mandate that our members have given us and we’re looking forward to creating a framework for the global organization that will allow us to promote the awareness of the many health benefits of EPA and DHA Omega-3s and effectively address the global dietary deficiency of these essential nutrients.”
Thomas Grys, the newly elected Vice-Chairman of GOED Omega-3 said, “With founding members from four continents, GOED Omega-3 is a true global organization from day one and we expect our membership to more than double within the next 3 months! The health benefits of EPA/DHA Omega-3 have been well documented, but the consumer, there are many health messages out there. The GOED Omega-3 initiative has a clear mission to make it easier for consumers to understand the difference in the health benefits between the various sources of Omega-3. GOED Omega-3 will help educate consumers, support public education, safety and product quality standards, and will also contribute in setting Recommended Daily Intakes and health claim standards supported by scientific research."