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Scientific Forum on Nutrition and Food Safety - Perspective and Challenges in ASEAN 
April 11, 2017, Pullman Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia

A half-day Scientific Forum, focusing on challenges and perspective for ASEAN was held at Pullman Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia in conjunction with ILSI SEA Region Annual Meeting on April 11, 2017. The scientific forum attracted more than 100 participants and featured key public health topics such as Post-2015 Health Development Agenda for ASEAN, nutrient density, outcomes of Total Diet Studies for 2016 in Indonesia, analytical methods for food contaminants, communication strategies on new food technologies and agricultural innovations. Most of the presentations are available for download here.  



Systematic Review of Caffeine and Potential Adverse Health Outcomes

ILSI North America has recently published a comprehensive systematic review of health outcomes for caffeine consumption in healthy adults, pregnant women, adolescent, and children on Food and Chemical Toxicology. The health outcomes that were reviewed include acute toxicity, cardiovascular effects, bone and calcium level, human behaviour and reproductive and development toxicity.

The review indicated that caffeine consumption of ≤400 mg/day for healthy adults is not associated with adverse effect. The review also supported the current recommendation by Health Canada for no adverse effect if caffeine consumption are ≤300 mg/day in pregnant women and ≤2.5 mg/kg-day in children and adolescents.

Risk Assessment of Biogenic Amines for Ready-To-Eat (RTE) Baby Foods


The study, which was published in Food and Chemical Toxicology, assessed the occurrence of biogenic amines in 68 RTE baby foods that were manufactured by 10 leading manufacturers in Poland. The studies quantified total amine content and 6 chosen biogenic amines content (putrescine, histamine, cadaverine, tyramine, spermidine and spermine) using HPLC-APCI-MS method. Findings of the studies indicated high level of histamine (2375ng/g) for spinach-containing sample, 1667 ng/g tyramine in banana-containing sample and 1263-53416 ng/g di- and polyamines in green peas-based sample. The study recommended the following consumption changes to the RTE baby foods selection: removal of tuna, reduction of spinach and green peas and reduction of beef (for infants under 12 months of age).

Lower Trace Elements and Heavy Metals in Asian Rice-Derived Products compared to Raw Rice

Published recently in the Journal of Water Air and Soil Pollution, the study compared distribution of trace elements such as chromium, copper, zinc, arsenic, selenium, cadmium, mercury and lead in three types of rice derived products namely rice noodles, rice vinegar or wine and rice snacks versus the safe level recommended by United States Environment Protective Agency (EPA) standard. Results indicated that most toxic heavy metals and metalloid such as arsenic, cadmium, mercury and lead were under the safe limit. There is no safety concern for rice vinegar and rice wine since these foods are not staple food. Selenium is one of the essential nutrients for human health. The authors raised possible concern for higher amount of selenium present in rice noodles and snacks though it is within the safe range. Comparing to rice, rice-derived products are of better quality and contain less toxic heavy metals and metalloids. 


July 11 &13, 2017
Seminars on Food Additives  
Hanoi, Vietnam &
Jakarta, Indonesia

July 24 -25, 2017
Seminar and Expert Consultation on Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition 
Bangkok, Thailand

September 2017
Forum on Risk Analysis in ASEAN (By Invitation) 
KL, Malaysia 

September 2017
Seminar on Sustainable Food Security in ASEAN  
Indonesia (TBC)

3rd Quarter 2017
Regional Training Course on Food Composition Database - ASEAN 2017
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand 

October 2017
Seminar on Diabetes - Science and Prevention  

October 15-20, 2017
IUNS 21st International Congress of Nutrition (ICN)  
Buenos Aires, Argentina

November 2017
Seminar on Drivers of Consumer Food Choices   
Bangkok, Thailand

1st Quarter 2018
Seminar on Food Fortification   

2nd - 3rd Quarter 2018
Seminar and Workshop on Food Consumption Survey Methodologies

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