Conference Highlights Importance of Functional Foods to Human Health
Alltech, one of the world's leading animal health companies, organized the first European international conference on functional foods in Budapest, Hungary on 18 January 2005. The Alltech Eastern European Functional Foods Conference (EEFFC) brought together over 150 nutritionists, scientist, veterinarians, meet, egg and milk producers. By explaining how Selenium is one of the most important anti-oxidants in human health, delegates were given a better understanding of the potential of functional foods as a new way to branch out in the food sector.
Renowned speakers at the event included:
Professor Endre Czeizel, Head of the Foundation for the Community Control of Hereditary Diseases. He explained how one of the key problems today is the low dietary intake of selenium and how this may contribute to the origin of some human diseases.
Professor Miklos Mezes from Szent Istvan University, Department of Nutrition defined functional foods as foods and food components that contain 20-30 % more biologically active ingredients, suitable for prevention of and supplementary therapy of different diseases when compared with conventional foods.
Professor Peter Surai, Consultant with Avian Science Research Centre, stated how one of the most fascinating ideas in human nutrition is that selected foods and their components can improve physical or mental performance and/or decrease the risk of certain diseases.
Other speakers at the event included:
- Dr. Patrick O'Mahony, Chief Specialist of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.
- Ms. Laura Low, Brand Manager for Tesco Global.
- Krisztian Palinkas, Eastern European Marketing Manager, Alltech.
Aidan Connolly, Alltech's Vice President for Europe, commented: 'how functional foods are creating branding opportunities for an industry swamped with commodities. Consumers are also creating a demand for more natural and nutritional foods'. He continued, 'Alltech is already playing a key role in this market by supplying natural solutions like Sel-Plex?, an organic selenium, to producers and manufacturers of meat, dairy and poultry products.'
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