CRN-I Announces Agenda for Upcoming Scientific Symposium

May 17, 2011

The event will take place November 12 in Germany.

Manno, Switzerland, 16 May 2011-CRN-I, the international subsidiary of the Council for Responsible Nutrition, announced the agenda for its second scientific symposium, “Nutrition Issues in Codex: Health Claims and Nutrient Reference Values (NRVs),” slated for 12 November 2011 in Kronberg im Taunus, Germany. The one-day conference, designed to engage regulators, policymakers, scientists and academics in science-based discussions on nutrition issues related to Codex, will feature two keynote addresses, one focused on policy, the other on science. 

Dr. David Jukes, a senior lecturer in food regulation in the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University of Reading, U.K., will speak about Codex standards and their role in the international regulatory framework. His session will also touch specifically on how Codex documents, including guidelines and standards, can be educational and useful for Codex member governments, providing insights on how these documents are often used as templates for policy and regulatory requirements. 

Prof. Peter J. Aggett, formerly the head of the Lancashire School of Health and Postgraduate Medicine at the University of Central Lancashire, U.K., will provide the science keynote on nutrient bioavailability and its impact on health claims and NRVs.  He will discuss specifically how bioavailability influences the quantitative dietary requirements that are the basis of nutrient intake recommendations and NRVs.

The remainder of the symposium will be broken out into two sessions: 1) scientific standards for food label claims and 2) issues related to nutrient reference values. The first session features six speakers including, Prof. Philip C. Calder, University of Southampton, Southampton, U.K., discussing the differences between evidence-based nutrition and evidence-based medicine, and what if anything that means for health claims; and Heike Bischoff-Ferrari, MD, MPH, of the University of Zurich, who will discuss vitamin D and the evidence for non-skeletal claims.  The second session will include a presentation by Oran Kwon, Ph.D., a professor at Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Republic of Korea, on the impacts of Codex decisions to base NRVs on INL-98, and means for adult men and women, with specific age group cutoffs. 

The symposium will immediately precede the official meeting of the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU), which will be held in nearby Bad Soden, Germany.  The symposium is open, by invitation only, to Codex delegates and their staff, regulators from Codex-member countries, selected academic researchers, and CRN-I members.  Space is limited. To obtain more information, contact Haiuyen Nguyen at hnguyen@crn-i.ch and visit www.crn-i.ch for the full agenda.