The Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED) hosted the GOED Exchange January 13-14 in Salt Lake City, bringing together an unprecedented roster of omega-3 researchers, government officials, regulatory body representatives, dieticians and attendance from GOED member companies.
More than 150 people attended the two-day conference which included 19 sessions exploring regulatory concerns, omega-3 health study updates, the latest in healthcare innovations, marketing tips and trends and contamination and sustainability issues facing the industry.
"Our first GOED Exchange served as a powerful reminder of how expansive the omega-3 industry is becoming," said Adam Ismail, GOED executive director. "From omega-3 researchers' findings in the early '70s to the latest developments in omega-3's role in reducing healthcare costs and its emerging uses in helping children with motor skill disorders, this conference also reminded us that there's still much to discover when it comes to omega-3's health benefits."
Attendees heard from a range of speakers, including: Richard Carmona, M.D., M.P.H, 17th Surgeon General of the United States, who gave the keynote address; Michael Crawford, Ph.D., one of the earliest innovators in omega-3 studies; and Capt. Joseph Hibbeln, M.D., National Institutes of Health. Capt. Hibbeln's message focused on omega-3 advocacy on behalf of enlisted U.S. soldiers and noted that the average soldier's diet includes fewer omega-3 than the average American seven-year-old's—a demographic that is also not meeting recommended intakes.
"Capt. Hibbeln's address on how few omega-3s are included in the average soldier’s diet—and furthermore, how few are in the average American diet—is cause for concern given omega-3s' clinically backed benefits for cardiovascular health and cognitive function. Establishing recommended dietary intakes and enacting measures to ensure omega-3-rich options are available—to soldiers and civilians—remains a top concern for both Capt. Hibbeln and the entire omega-3 industry," Ismail noted.
Ismail also remarked that planning is underway for the next GOED Exchange, with details to be announced later this year. To request materials from this year's conference, including video footage and presentations available for purchase, call (801) 746-1413.
GOED is a proactive and accountable association of the world's finest processors, refiners, manufacturers, distributors, marketers, retailers and supporters of products containing Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) omega-3 fatty acids. The organization's objectives are to promote and protect the category, educate consumers about the health benefits of EPA/DHA, and work with government groups, the healthcare community and the industry, while setting high standards for its business sector. GOED and its members are committed to personal integrity, ethical corporate behavior, public safety and quality assurance. For more information, visit www.goedquality.com.