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Nutra India Summit discusses self-regulation in nutraceuticals, regulation of products

Dr Prakash calls for self-regulation in nutraceuticals
Thursday, February 17, 2011 08:00 IST 
Swati Iyer, Mumbai
 

 
Organised by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Mysore-based Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) and MM Activ Sci-Tech Communications, the 6th edition of 'Nutra India Summit' kicked-off successfully at the Vivanta, Taj President, in Mumbai on Tuesday, February 15. 

The Summit was inaugurated by Ashok Sinha, secretary, Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India, in the presence of Dr Ibrahim Elmadfa IUNS-president, head, Institute of Nutritional Sciences, University of Vienna, Austria, Dr V Prakash, Chairman, International Advisory Committee, 6th Nutra India Summit & director, CFTRI, Mysore, and Jagdish Patankar, organising secretary, Nutra India Summit & managing director, MM Activ Sci-tech Communications.

Delivering the inaugural address, Dr Prakash stressed that the industry should have self regulation. "R & D, regulatory bodies, industry and the consumers should be inter-connected. It was vital to consider if we were in the right direction. The event had already come a long way from the time of its inception and it had progressed fairly well. The way ahead had to be chartered to make sure we were on the right path to progress."

Sinha admitted that Indian nutraceuticals market was still in an infancy stage, though the country greatly influenced the world nutraceuticals market. He stated that, "Japan was the birth place for functional foods and the future for functional beverage would be most bright with growth of 10.8 per cent CAGR by 2013."

"The main factors that influenced the nutraceutical market included, increase in life expectancy among people, self care, increase in healthcare cost, linking diet and health and product diversification for healthcare."

V Prakash chaired the highlight lecture with speakers Ibrahim Elmadfa and Dr Rickey Y Yada, professor, CRC Food Protein Structure, scientific director, Advanced Foods and Materials Network Department of Food Science, University of Guelph, Canada.

Ibrahim Elmadfa dealt on the topic, 'The paradox on of nutritional antioxidants.' Giving an insight on nutritional antioxidants and stressing on consumption of fruits and vegetables he stated that, "antioxidants form an intricate network in the body that can be perturbed by high dose supplementation of single components. In turn, a varied diet rich in natural antioxidant sources especially fruit and vegetables, nuts and seeds and whole grains or carefully enriched products thereof provides a wide array of interacting compounds thus maintaining the antioxidative balance."

Yada dealt on the topic 'An overview of the science and technology in food and food products at the nanoscale level.' Sharing information on nanotechnology and nano science, Yada gave a brief on the importance on nanotechnology in packaging, agriculture, food processing, health and other sectors. 

He said," With all new technologies, the potentially new, unique and beneficial properties afforded through these applications will require rigorous safety testing, risk/benefit analysis and consumer acceptance to ensure that potential environmental, human health and safety concerns are addressed." According to him it was vital to harmonise policies as they create major trade issues. He added, "We need to regulate products and not technology." 

With 'innovate, collaborate, accelerate' as the focal theme, the conference successfully brought together eminent scientists, industry experts, government officials, CEO's of companies and students under one roof to discuss new innovations, trends and opportunities in the health-foods segment, the progress of regulatory mechanism, new ingredients and technologies, new product development and also public awareness and consumer trends. The conference and event would continue from 16th 18th at the World Trade Centre, Mumbai. 

The event will see participation from domestic and international pharmaceutical firms dealing in the sector of health-boosting food products and other dietary supplements. The companies participating in this international conference will discuss the marketing strategies, growth of nutrition-based food industry, new ingredients and technology developed in nutraceutical and dietary supplements sector.

The conference cum event is supported by some of the leading companies and association like Health Food and Dietary Supplements (HADSA), Pharmexcil, Organisation of Pharmaceuticals Products in India (OPPI), Indian Drug Manufacturers' Association (IDMA), Ayurvedic Drugs Manufactures Association (ADMA), Indian Dietetic Association (IDA) and Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises (ADMA).
 
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