Workshop for New Zealand food industry

23 July 2013

A one-day ‘Science meets Industry’ workshop will be held for the food industry by Nutrigenomics New Zealand in August.

The focus of the workshop will be to hear what the food industry is wanting and in turn to show industry how Nutrigenomics New Zealand can assist them in practical, affordable terms to obtain high-level, science-based health claims.

Recently a team of researchers looking into links between nutrition and genetics applied technologies that will revolutionise how food companies validate new products.

“These new technologies usher in a new phase of sensitivity in dietary intervention studies, negating a need for testing a wide range of endpoints, which is both expensive and time-consuming,” says Professor Lynn Ferguson, who is programme leader of the very successful collaborative group, Nutrigenomics New Zealand.

“One of the most useful aspects of these technologies is that the studies can be hypothesis free,” she says.  “This means that food companies could use such an approach to discover what their food products or diets are actually doing, and which could lead to insights into the mechanism of action of a modified diet.”

For the food industry, an immediate application of this technology, is the most efficient route to developing and testing new food products in line with new standards for health claims just published for New Zealand and Australia .

The new food standard regulations published in May are a guide to ‘establishing food-health relationships for general health claims.

“For the first time New Zealand has clear regulations for food product health claims and Nutrigenomics NZ has the expertise to interpret these for the industry,” says Professor Ferguson. “The technologies we offer can assist companies with developing the more difficult, high-level health claims”.

“Things will move very rapidly, now that the regulations have been finalised”, says Professor Ferguson. “It is crucial that industry and science collaborate, in order to provide the best possible products to consumers and in so doing to grow New Zealand’s economy both nationally and internationally”.

The one-day workshop will be held on Friday 23 rd August, at The University of Auckland’s Faculty of Medical and Health Services, 85 Park Road, Grafton.  Registrations can be made by emailing v.parslow@auckland.ac.nz .

For more information contact:

Suzi Phillips , Media Relations Advisor, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, Communications, The University of Auckland. Email: s.phillips@auckland.ac.nz Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 87383 or Mob 021416396