Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2008;17(3):540-543
The 2nd International Conference on East-West Perspectives on Functional Foods held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on November, 2007, discussed the current work on some traditional Asian foods and new technologies that offer both challenges and opportunities for functional foods. The highlight of the conference was on the current regulatory status of nutrition and health claims related to functional foods and the experiences in some countries on the substantiation of claims. Attention was also given to strategies for effective communication of functional foods to consumers. The conference concluded with recommendations to strengthen R&D efforts and harmonization of protocols and methodologies on functional foods within the region.
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