Scientists from across the globe will convene in Buenos Aires this week for the fourth annual IADSA Scientific Forum, to discuss the role of food supplements in public health.
The forum, which will take place from 1-2 September, will discuss various key issues related to achieving micronutrient adequacy and minimising the risk of overconsumption.
These include the appropriateness of Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA) as a marker of adequacy; nutritional risk analysis and the setting of maximum levels of vitamins and minerals in food supplements; and risk management approaches to the setting of maximum levels in food supplements for adults and children.
It will also cover the overall nutritional status of the South American populations; populations at risk of suboptimal intakes, and multi-nutrient deficiency worldwide.
“Key issues in assuring the safety of micronutrient supplementation across the world are about how much is enough and how much is too much,” said IADSA Chairman Peter Zambetti. “The Scientific Forum focuses on the most challenging issues in the scientific-regulatory interface regarding nutrition and supplementation. It works towards offering solutions or recommendations to problems arising from such issues.”
The first meeting of the IADSA Scientific Forum was held in Italy in 2008. The second meeting, in 2009, was held in Moscow, Russia, and was co-organised with the Russian Institute of Nutrition. The third meeting was held in Beijing last year, co-organised with the help and support of the Chinese Nutrition Society.
Speakers will include Professor Peter Aggett, Emeritus Chair at the UK University of Central Lancashire; Professor Helio Vannucchi, School of Medicine of Riberão Preto, University Sao Paulo and Member of the Committee for Scientific and Technical Assessment of Functional and New Foods (CTCAF), Brazil; Professor Reinhold Vieth from the University of Toronto, and Director of the Bone and Mineral Laboratory at Mount Sinai Hospital, Canada; Professor Renger Witkamp from the Department of Human Nutrition at Wageningen University in The Netherlands; Professor Robert Heaney from Creighton University, USA; Professor Cesar Fraga, from the University of Buenos Aires; Dr Héctor Cori from IADSA’s Latin American Working Group; Professor Jeffrey Blumberg from Tufts University and Senior Scientist and Director of the Antioxidants Research Laboratory, USA; Professor Helene McNulty from the University of Ulster, UK; and Professor David Richardson, Dr John Hathcock and Dr Andrew Shao from IADSA’s Scientific Group.
IADSA has more than doubled in size since its creation in 1998, representing more than 50 national trade associations and over 20,000 companies.
For more information, visit www.iadsa.org.