Nutrition & Foods for Special Dietary Uses

December 5, 2011

IFT recently participated in the 33rd session of the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU) in Bad Soden am Taunus, Germany, on November 14-18. Dr. Rosemary Walzem, IFT's Codex Subject Expert to this Committee, along with IFT members Gloria Brooks-Ray and Rodney Gray, represented IFT in Germany. The CCNFSDU accepted IFT's proposal on docosohexaenoic acid (DHA) and acknowledged the importance of DHA incorporation into The Guidelines on Formulated Complementary Foods for Older Infants and Young Children. In addition, IFT effectively intervened to reclassify extrusion cooking and enzymatic predigestion as "other" rather than "advanced" processing technologies in a developing guideline document on formulated complementary foods for older infants and young children. IFT will seek input from members on ingredient and food pasteurization methodologies suitable for inclusion in this guideline. IFT continues to be active in this Committee and will be working in the coming months to further shape additional detailed input into the Committee's deliberations. The official report of the meeting is accessible at