Volume 101 April 2002 Number 7
More than 50 members and guests of the DC Section IFT and Metro-DC Affiliate for the Society of Nutrition Education attended the March 12th meeting “Omega-3 Fatty Acids: New Concepts in Food Fortification.” This was the third joint meeting hosted by both organizations.
Two speakers, Dr. Nancy Auestad, Ross Products Division, Abbott Laboratories and Ms. Alanna Moshfegh, USDA, Food Surveys Research Group, reported on the current status of the science and challenges in collecting intake data of omega-3 fatty acids.
Dr. Auestad reviewed effects of dietary intake of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, arachidonic acid and docosahexaenoic acid, on infants and adults. She reviewed the literature and noted that some studies have shown infants fed formula enriched with these omega-3 fatty acids have a benefit and score higher on baby IQ scales than babies on conventional formulas. An important aspect of fortification is the ratio of the long-chain fatty acids.
Last year, the government cleared the way for companies to enhance infant formulas and foods with DHA and AA. Baby food and eggs enriched with omega-3 fatty acids are available in the marketplace today.
Ms. Moshfegh noted that unless there is a standard for enriching products with DHA and AA, it will be difficult to track dietary intake. She presented data from the Continuing Survey of Food Intake of Individuals (CSFII), noting that information on omega-3 fatty acids is available. In the case of infants, it’s easy to track dietary intake because mothers know exactly what their babies eat. On the other hand, adults have difficulty recalling whether they ate chicken or beef for dinner. The predominant source of omega-3 fatty acids is fish.
The hosts for the May meeting are members of the Nutrition and Food Science Club at the University of the District of Columbia! The club began in the 1970s. Current membership includes 12 students studying nutrition and food science. For more information about the Nutrition and Food Science Club’s activities, please contact President Erica Hudson, Erica_Hudson@onebox.com.
Would you like to host an upcoming Washington, DC Section IFT meeting? We need space for approximately 50 people. If your organization could host an upcoming meeting, please contact Dorothea Vafiadis, at 202-659-0074, ext. 163, or email at
Election results for the IFT DC Section Officers. New
and ongoing officers are listed below. Terms
begin September 1, 2002.
|Alternate Councilors:||Herb Weinstein
IFT Distinguished Lecturer
|When:||Wednesday, May 15, 2002|
– 3:00 p.m.
John Lord, IFT Distinguished Lecturer
The basic drivers of
consumer value in the food industry – the needs for convenience, taste
and experience, nutrition and wellness – have not changed in several
decades. However, the way
in which the 21st century consumer defines these needs has
changed, and this has significantly upped the ante for food processors
that must continually enhance the value provided to consumers, retail
customers and shareholders. Moreover,
the food industry operates in an increasingly turbulent economic and
regulatory environment. We
will discuss the demographic, socioeconomic, and lifestyle changes we
are witnessing in the U.S. today, along with some projections for what
we can expect to happen over the next few years, and the challenges and
opportunities these changes have created.
We will discuss key changes in the food supply chain that have
changed the nature of competition in the industry.
We will then discuss examples of how successful food companies
have seized the initiative and are delivering consumer value that
translates into value for shareholders and positive evaluation by the
At this meeting, we also will recognize student science fair IFT award winners. Come early and meet the students at a poster session during registration.
University of the
District of Columbia, Building 44, Room A03
or via fax at 703-516-2393
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