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What contribution can RIVM's Nutrition and Consumer Safety Division make to the Post-launch Monitoring System for Functional Foods? A workshop

Workshop Postlaunch Monitoring 'Functional Foods', waar ligt de rol van sector VCV?

Synopsis

In December 2002 the RIVM's Nutrition and Consumer Safety Division held a workshop aimed at defining its position and future tasks in a Post-launch Monitoring (PLM) system for functional foods, which is yet to be developed. Here, (unexpected) effects of the use of functional foods after marketing and under customary conditions would be monitored systematically. PLM should focus primarily on safety aspects; however, efficacy questions could also arise within the PLM system. Effects that could be studied after launching foods on the market are, for example, cumulative, interactive, long-term and risk-group oriented. In total, 18 participants representing the different centres within the division contributed to the discussion, which was split into three parts under the following questions :1) Should we focus on functional foods, novel foods or both within PLM?2) Should we focus on safety aspects only, or on safety as well as efficacy? 3) To what PLM tasks can the division contribute?Consensus was reached on what the focus of the PLM activities would be, i.e. safety aspects on the substance level. Consensus also made the need to discuss further about functional food, novel food or combined focus (part 1 of the discussion) superfluous. The division would prefer special focus to be given to tasks like active 'smoke' detection/exposure studies, assessment of the relevance of 'smoke'/exposure in terms of public health, quantification of the 'smoke'/exposure and quantitative evaluation of positive and negative public health effects. Division research results will be used to advise the Dutch government. In addition, the division would like to be able to evaluate the PLM activities carried out by industry.
 

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