RDAs on the agenda at global food supplements summit

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RDAs on the agenda at global food supplements summit
Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA) and upper safe limits for nutrients in food supplements will be on the agenda this week at a congress in Buenos Aires organised by The International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplement Associations (IADSA).

An international array of scientists will descend on the Argentinean capital on September 1-2 to consider intake levels, risk-benefit methodologies and risk management approaches for South American and global populations.

“Key issues in assuring the safety of micronutrient supplementation across the world are about how much is enough and how much is too much,”​ said IADSA chairman Peter Zambetti.

“The Scientific Forum focuses on the most challenging issues in the scientific-regulatory interface regarding nutrition and supplementation. It works towards offering solutions or recommendations to problems arising from such issues.”

Maximum permitted levels (MPLs) and RDAs in food supplements are under debate in many jurisdictions, especially developing economies in regions lie South America, Asia and Africa.

The Scientific Forum will examine, the overall nutritional status of the South American populations; populations at risk of suboptimal intakes, and multi-nutrient deficiency worldwide,” ​IADSA said.

Speakers include:

  • Professor Peter Aggett, Emeritus Chair at the UK University of Central Lancashire
  • Professor Helio Vannucchi, School of Medicine of Riberão Preto, University Sao Paulo and Member of the Committee for Scientific and Technical Assessment of Functional and New Foods (CTCAF), Brazil
  • Professor Reinhold Vieth from the University of Toronto, and Director of the Bone and Mineral Laboratory at Mount Sinai Hospital, Canada
  • Professor Renger Witkamp from the Department of Human Nutrition at Wageningen University in The Netherlands
  • Professor Robert Heaney from Creighton University, USA
  • Professor Cesar Fraga, from the University of Buenos Aires; Dr Héctor Cori from IADSA’s Latin American Working Group
  • Professor Jeffrey Blumberg from Tufts University and Senior Scientist and Director of the Antioxidants Research Laboratory, USA
  • Professor Helene McNulty from the University of Ulster, UK
  • Professor David Richardson, Dr John Hathcock and Dr Andrew Shao from IADSA’s Scientific Group.

GMP guidance

IADSA recently released a Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) guide for supplements makers globally.

The guide covers quality management, premises and equipment, personnel and training, product and process development, manufacture, storage, transport and distribution.

Other topics covered include the recovery or re-working of materials, documentation, self-inspections, subcontracting operations, laboratory testing, complaints procedures, product recall and emergency procedures.

The free report is available here​.

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Posted by harry,

RDAs have been and always will be irrelevant during illness and in recovery or any form of below normal health. Clinical need for pure best quality is the requirement and should be determined by an alternative practitioner

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Posted by Judith Brown,

Interesting article."RDA" actually stands for Recommended Dietary Allowance, not Recommended Daily Allowance. The RDAs and Upper Limits are categories within the "DRIs,"or Dietary Reference Intakes. I have a feeling the DRI values will be discussed at the meetings.

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