What is scientific evidence for nutrition and health claims

The shelves of supermarkets and drugstores are full of foodstuffs and supplements that are claimed to promote well-being or health. Producers have much leeway to make such claims. Soon, however, nutritional and health claims will be allowed only if they have been approved by the European Union.

During this meeting on 26 March 2012, researchers from different disciplines and ESFA scientists will debate the substantiation of nutritional health claims.

Prof. Daan Kromhout, Professor of Public Health Research / Academy Professor of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences / Vice- President of the Netherlands Health Council 

Daan Kromhout (mp3)

How does science prove that a food is healthy? 
Prof. Martijn Katan, emeritus Professor of Nutrition, VU University Amsterdam, Institute for Health Sciences, The Netherlands

Powerpointpresentatie van Martijn Katan
Martijn Katan (mp3)

How EFSA judges nutrition and health claims
Prof. Albert Flynn –Chair European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) - panel Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA); Professor in Nutrition, University College Cork, Ireland

Powerpointpresentatie van Albert Flynn
Albert Flynn (mp3)

Nutritional Health Claims and the Food Industry
Prof. Wim Saris, Professor of Human Nutrition, Maastricht University, DSM Food Specialties Delft, Corporate Scientist Top Institute Food and Nutrition, TIFN, Theme Director "Nutrition and Health"

Powerpointpresentatie van Wim Saris
Wim Saris (mp3)

How the Working Group on Cardiovascular Health & Antioxidants weighed the evidence for cocoa and blood pressure
Dr Marianne Geleijnse, Associate Professor Human nutrition, Wageningen University

 Powerpointpresentatie van Marianne Geleijnse
Marianne Geleijnse (mp3)

Cocoa, blood pressure and heatlh claims: a perspective from a food company
Dr Loek Pijls, Group Leader Claims Development & Assessment at Nestlé Research Centre Nestlé

Powerpointpresentatie van Loek Pijls
Loek Pijls (mp3)

Outcome of evaluations of probiotic claims
Prof. Henk van Loveren, Professor of Immunotoxicology at Maastricht University, Head Section Immunotoxicology and Infection at RIVM and Vice Chair of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Panel Nutrition, Dietetic Products and Allergies.

Powerpointpresentatie van Henk van Loveren
Henk van Loveren (mp3)

Probiotics and Health Claims no Fiction but Facts
Prof. Eric H.J.H.M. Claassen, Professor of Knowledge valorisation in the life sciences, Erasmus University, professor Entrepreneurship in the life sciences Free University

Powerpointpresentatie van Eric Claassen
Eric Claassen (mp3)

Impact of the claims regulatins on the Dutch market
Dr Yvonne Huigen, Senior Public Health Officer at Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (VWA)

Powerpointpresentatie Yvonne Huigen
Yvonne Huigen (mp3)

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KNAW-Symposium 'What is scientific evidence for nutrition and health claims'