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Nutrition, Food Safety and Health

 APR/MAY 2015






The 12th Asian Congress of Nutrition will be held at Pacifico Yokohama from May 14 – 18, 2015 in Yokohama, Japan. The large-scale event is organized by Japan Society of Nutrition and Food Science (JSNFS) and Science Council of Japan (SCJ) under the auspice of Federation of Asian Nutrition Societies. In line with the congress theme of “Nutrition and Food for Longevity: For the Well-Being of All”, the ILSI network in Asia is proud to contribute two scientific sessions focusing on; Micronutrient Fortification Program and Food Safety Programs in Asian Countries. ILSI's exhibition booth (No.45) will showcase its activities and latest publications.

Micronutrient Fortification Programs
Micronutrient deficiency issues remain prevalent in Asia. Various strategies and intervention efforts have to be employed so as to better address these complicated issues. ILSI has been supporting scientific researches on fortification in Asia and providing platforms for different stakeholders to come together, contributing towards country-level action plans by various governments in different regions. This session will feature the current status of fortification programs in Korea, India and China. The session will take place on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 16:10 hr to 17:40 hr in Room 303. Please click here to view the details.
Food Safety Programs in Asian Countries
This session will showcase how different programs, developed by the ILSI network in Asia, address the issues of food safety in their respective regions. Managing food safety issues is indisputably challenging. Factors such as preparation techniques, storage, sanitation and even external factors like climate change, may pose an adverse impact to our food or food supply. ILSI places high importance in developing relevant scientific programs, supporting research and development and promoting harmonization to address the differing issues of food safety in various regions in the world. The session will occur on Sunday, May 17, 2015 and is expected to commence at 13:50 hr in Room 304. Please click here to view the details.

Apart from ILSI Scientific Sessions, the congress will also include sessions on consumer science scheduled on May 15, 2015 such as a lecture on Why Do Behaviour Interventions Fail? Insights from Behavioral Economics and an oral session on Desire for protein and sweetness is stimulated by dietary habits of high fat intake.



On May 11, 2015, ILSI SEA Region together with our Indonesia Country Committee collaborated with National Agency of Drug and Food Control Indonesia (BPOM) and Bogor Agricultural University Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (IPB) in organizing a one day seminar on Understanding Consumer Science and Behavior. The seminar was held at Pullman Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia. The aim of the seminar was to enhance understanding of consumer food choices and food behavior. It also explored risk communication and consumer education strategies, and presented some findings on the role of nutrition labeling and claims in changing consumer behavior.



ILSI SEA Region April 2015 newsletter is now available on our website. Please view a copy HERE.

New EU Legislation on the Provision of Food Information to Consumers to be implemented in 2016
The European Union (EU) has revised their law on the provision of food information to consumers in December 2014. Providing nutritional information will be made compulsory by December 2016. The new regulation will combine two of the past directives into a single legislation. Some of the core changes include font size formatting on mandatory information on food label, mandatory food allergens labeling in menu of food establishments, labeling of specific vegetable origin of fats and refined oil, identical labeling for store-bought or online-bought food products, etc. More information can be found HERE.

EFSA Updates Risk Communication Guidance

In February 2015, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has provided an updated edition to their risk communication guidelines “When Food is Cooking Up a Storm – Proven Recipes for Risk Communications” – a collective effort by the Advisory Forum Communications Working Group (AFCWG). The previous guidelines was available in 19 languages but the latest edition only comes in the 4 EFSA languages; English, French, German and Italian. Please log on to this website to download the new guidelines.

World Congress on Risk 2015

The Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) and its partner organizations is organizing their fourth World Congress, the World Congress on Risk 2015, in Singapore. The event will occur from Sunday, July 19, 2015 to Thursday, July 24, 2015. The general theme this year is Risk Analysis for Sustainable Innovation. The congress will discuss risk management from community scale to global scale, covering risk analysis in a wide range of field including food as well as technology and emerging risks. The objectives of this congress are to stimulate discussion on worldwide risk issues, share insights on different methods in addressing risk issues in different regions, show and disseminate recent developments in risk management and communication, as well as act as a platform for organizations and individuals from different parts of the world to gather and share good risk management practices.


Research Shows Acceptance of Sugar Reduced Chocolate Milk

Milk is highly nutritious and is an important source of calcium. Chocolate flavored milk, albeit high in sugar, is undoubtedly more popular among children. However, due to the growing demand for healthier products, researchers are exploring substitutes to reduce sugar while maintaining the sought-after sweet taste. A  recent study conducted by Li et al (2015) has shown that sugar reduced chocolate milk, sweetened partially by commercially available monk fruit and stevia leaf extract, was generally well received by parents and children aged 5 to 13. Although some parents still choose the regular chocolate milk, which is sweetened with sucrose, due to its taste and lower costs, the increase in knowledge about nutrition and food labeling has urged more parents to switch to healthier food options. The complete report is available HERE.

Upcoming Events

May 14-18
12th Asian Congress of Nutrition 
Yokohama, Japan


July 14 (TBC)
Seminar on Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition
Yangon, Myanmar


July 28
Symposium on Sustainability, Genetics and New Technologies
Melbourne, Australia


August 4-5
9th Seminar on Nutrition Labeling, Claims and Communication Strategies 
Manila, Philippines

August 24-27
Global Forum on Research and Innovation for Health 2015 
Manila, Philippines


September (TBC)
Seminar on Sugar and Sweetener
Australia & Singapore

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