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FUNCTIONAL FOOD SCIENCE IN EUROPE

Objective



Altered lifestyles in Western populations triggered a growing awareness that diet related health implications could be prevented by so called 'functional foods'. This term has induced much confusion by the fact that in principle all foods are 'functional'. Consequently the term functional foods currently in use is particularly unfortunate. It is adversely prejudicial to the concept and the future needs for developing modified foods designed to improve health. In view of the rapid development of the concept of functional foods in various regions in the world, together with the apparent misconceptions of the science behind functional foods, Europe should state its own position in order to maintain industrial competitiveness. Due to the fact that in most cases functional food development is product - rather than function-driven, the objective of the proposal is to develop a science-based approach for targeted modifications of food and food constituents.

The project includes workshops and will involve a strategic collaboration between actors of the European Agriculture and Food Industry and the European Research Community. The key goals of the meetings are to define the present state-of-the-art, the identification and understanding of the interactions between specific dietary components and particular physiological functions related to health as well as the gaps in scientific knowledge and the need for future research. Moreover, it will establish concepts in functional food science and requirements for functional food applications. The project will lead to shared cost project applications. Its multidisciplinary character entails a joint strategy leading to the development of tailored foods and food constituents on a rational and sound scientific basis, which will benefit both the industrial and scientific communities.

Funding Scheme

CON - Coordination of research actions

Coordinator

I.L.S.I. - INTERNATIONAL LIFE SCIENCE INSTITUTE EUROPE
Address
Av. E. Mounier, 83 - Bte 6
1200 Bruxelles
Belgium

Participants (11)

BBSRC Institute of Food Research
United Kingdom
Address
Norwich Research Park Colney Lane
NR4 7UA Norwich
C.N.E.R.N.A. - C.N.R.S.
France
Address

Paris
DEUTCHE INSTITUT FÜR ERNÄHRUNGSFORSCHUNG
Germany
Address

14482 Potsdam - Rehbrücke
ERIDANIA- BEGHIN SAY
Belgium
Address

1800 Vilvoorde
F. HOFFMANN - LA ROCHE LTD.
Switzerland
Address

4056 Basel
GROUPE DANONE
France
Address

Paris
NESTEC LTD.
Switzerland
Address

1000 Lausanne 26
ORAFTI
Belgium
Address

3300 Tienen
SOREMARTEC S.A.
Belgium
Address
Dreve De L'arc-en-ciel, 102
6700 Arlon-schoppach
UNILEVER NEDERLAND B.V.
Netherlands
Address

3130 AC Vlaardingen
UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Belgium
Address

Louvain-la-neuve