Industry bids farewell to pioneering scientist

Industry bids farewell to pioneering scientist

EHPM announces the death of one of the leading consultants in nutrition and food Dr Derek Shrimpton at the age of 83.


EHPM announces the death of one of the leading consultants in nutrition and food Dr Derek Shrimpton at the age of 83.

Dr Shrimpton, who passed away on Friday last week, had been involved in the sector for more than 25 years, having been a scientific adviser to various European and international trade organizations and the author of the first EHPM publication on maximum levels of vitamins and minerals in the early 1990s.

 “Derek was a great man, whose commitment to working for the right scientific basis for the industry was remarkable,” said EHPM Chairman Peter Van Doorn. “His work on the maximum levels publication, for example, did so much to open minds of many in government to a safety based approach. His passing comes as a huge loss to our industry, and our thoughts are with his family.”

Simon Pettman, Executive Director of the global supplement association, IADSA, agreed: “Derek was quite simply one of the most positive and energetic people I have ever met as well as an extraordinarily creative thinker. He was an extremely kind and most unassuming man—and always seemed able to bring a new angle to tackling the most apparently insurmountable problems.”

Dr Shrimpton was a founding member of the IADSA Scientific Group, convened in 2008 to focus on and offer solutions and recommendations for the most challenging issues in the scientific-regulatory interface regarding nutrition and supplementation. 

Penny Viner, Coordinator of the Scientific Group, said: 'We will all sadly miss Derek's unfailing patience, good humor and determination—and the way he always seemed to be able to think outside the box.”

Dr Shrimpton began his career studying natural science in the University of Cambridge, where he specialized in biochemistry. He then spent four year as an Agricultural Research Council scholar at the Rowett Research Institute and was awarded a PhD by the University of Aberdeen. He spent 17 years at Unilever, during which time he was an honorary lecturer in the University of Nottingham.

Positions he has held include Chairman of the Agricultural Research Council working group on the microbiological assay of micronutrients; Technical Member of the Agricultural Feeds Coordination; Director General of the British Nutrition Foundation; Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Clinical Medicine at the University of Bristol; Honorary Research Fellow in the International Centre for Child Studies, Member of the Court of the University of Surrey, and member of the governing body of the National Institute for Research in Dairying at the University of Reading.

About The European Federation of Associations of Health Product Manufacturers

The European Federation of Associations of Health Product Manufacturers (EHPM) was created in 1975, working to provide consumers with safe, science based, high quality products as well as accurate and helpful information about their nutritional value and use. EHPM represents more than 2500 health product manufacturers across the European Union (EU). To contact EHPM visit www.ehpm.org

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