ILSI Newsletter | June 2019

Volume 37, Number 3


ILSI Europe Announces New Executive Director

ILSI Europe announces Mr. Ignacio Garamendi as Executive Director, effective 13 May, 2019. Mr. Garamendi was former head of the International Diabetes Federation, Europe (IDFE) as the European Regional Manager (Director General). He holds an MSc in Marketing and Management More information.

ILSI North America Earns the 2019 GuideStar Gold Seal of Transparency


ILSI North America

ILSI North America earned the GuideStar 2019 Gold Seal of Transparency! GuideStar is the world's largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. In 2018, more than 9 million people visited By providing information about their goals, strategies, capabilities and vision, ILSI North America highlights the difference they are making in the world while telling real stories about the work they do. View ILSI North America’s GuideStar Profile.

Harnessing New Technologies for Health and Sustainability

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ILSI Southeast Asia Region

In conjunction with ILSI Southeast Asia Region Annual Meeting 2019, the Science Symposium on Smart Eating was held on 23 April in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The meeting explored the definition of smart eating and sustainability and discussed how technologies have revolutionized the agri-food industry and could be further harnessed to improve our populations’ health and nutritional well-being. More information.

ILSI Taiwan Celebrates 6th Anniversary


ILSI Taiwan

To celebrate its 6th anniversary ILSI Taiwan organized a series of events throughout the month of May. On 10 May, ILSI Taiwan visited Grape King Bio, one of its member companies. ILSI Taiwan plans to visit more members to discuss capacity building and strengthening partnerships for long-term engagement among members. On 29 May ILSI Taiwan hosted their Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium. The event highlighted new technologies including artificial intelligence, as well as big data. More information.

Report on Food Consumption Surveys

Vegetarian traditional Vietnamese soup Pho bo with herbs, rice noodles, broccolini, bok choy, bean sprouts, mushrooms. Vietnam national dish. Asian food concept.

ILSI Southeast Asia Region

To assist all stakeholders – including national health authorities and regulators, industry, researchers and scientists – across ASEAN to better understand the status of Food Consumption Surveys (FCS) in the region, ILSI Southeast Asia Region published a report in April on FCSs and assessment methods available in the region. This status review is useful in the identification of gaps for prioritization of future activities addressing key nutrition challenges in this area. More information.

ILSI India Publishes Monograph on Eating Right for Healthy You

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ILSI India

ILSI India published a monograph entitled “Eating Right for Healthy You” on 26 April. The monograph includes information on what can be considered as healthy food and healthy diet, the function and importance of different nutrients, RDAs, how to choose wisely from each food group, and how to keep food safe and enhance nutrients while cooking at home. The role of physical activity has also been highlighted. Download the monograph.

2019 Conference on Physical Activity and Health in China


ILSI Focal Point in China

On 16 April, ILSI Focal Point in China co-organized the 2019 Conference on Physical Activity and Health in China with support from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Experts presented cutting-edge information on the promotion of physical activity policy, evidence of physical activity and health, and physical activity surveillance and guidelines. The new version of PA Guidelines for Chinese people will be released by the National Health Commission and the State Sports Administration in 2019. More information (Chinese).

ELANS: New Publication


ILSI Argentina

“Total and added sugars consumption in Argentina: Their contribution to daily energy intake. Results from Latin American Study of Nutrition and Health (ELANS)” was published 4 April in Nutrition & Dietetics. This is the first publication of Argentine results from the Latin American Study of Nutrition and Health. One of the conclusions was that in Argentina, the intake of added sugar was 50% above the recommendations, and that younger and socially vulnerable people are at higher risk of excessive intake.

USDA Launches FoodData Central

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ILSI North America

On 3 April, USDA’s Agricultural Research Service launched a new integrated food and nutrition data system that provides online access to nutrient profile information about a wide variety of foods and food products. FoodData Central contains five distinct types of food and nutrient composition data, including the USDA Global Branded Food Products Database, which is the result of a public-private partnership between ILSI North America, USDA ARS, GS1 US, 1WorldSync, Label Insight and the University of Maryland. More information.

Seminar & ASEAN Regional Workshop on Food Safety Risk Communication


ILSI Southeast Asia Region

On 2-3 April, a seminar and workshop were organized in collaboration with ILSI SEA Region Thailand Country Committee, supported by FAO and the ASEAN Product Working Group on Prepared Foodstuff. The half-day seminar shared knowledge on Codex guidelines and key considerations in risk communication, introduced the new concept of food information communication and highlighted the importance of multiple stakeholders’ partnerships. The 1.5-day closed-door workshop was attended by ASEAN regulators to discuss challenges and opportunities in risk communication among the ASEAN countries.



ILSI Argentina

ILSI Argentina took part in ISBR15, held 1-4 April in Tarragona, Spain. Members of the Biotechnology Working Group participated in two sessions: “Familiarity in the context of risk assessment of transgenic crops in the Americas” and “Case Study: Transportability of Virus Resistant Transgenic Common Bean-Field Studies from Brazil to Argentina”. Dr. Clara Rubinstein also presented about the Concept of Familiarity at the workshop titled Benefits and Strategies for Global Regulatory Data Streamlining, Harmonization and Collaboration. A publication regarding the session organized by ILSI Argentina and ILSI Brazil will be issued in 2020.

World Bank Global Food Safety Partnership Food Chemical Risk Assessment Training


ILSI Southeast Asia Region

Risk assessment is a fundamental aspect of risk management in food safety and there is a need to broaden understanding of the principles, and to teach practical data requirements and analysis procedures. The World Bank has commissioned learning modules on Food Chemical-Contaminant Risk Assessment, under GFSP, which aim to build and enhance capability in risk assessment within the ASEAN region. To facilitate the usage of this training module, ILSI SEA Region and the Singapore Food Agency had organized a follow-up Workshop on Food Chemical Risk Assessment from 19-21 March in Singapore. More information (page 24-25).


Impact of Three Different Daily Doses of Vitamin D3 Supplementation in Healthy School Boys from North India: A Randomized Single- Blind Clinical Trial

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ILSI India

In India, there is a lack of information about the adequate daily dose of vitamin D3 supplementation in school children. Hence, ILSI India facilitated a randomized clinical trial to evaluate the adequacy and efficacy of different doses of vitamin D3 in schoolchildren. The study concluded that vitamin D deficient children seem to derive maximum from a daily dose of 2000 IU/day with 95% achieving serum levels of ≥ 20ng/ml following supplementation. The findings suggest it may be debatable if the current RDAs for vitamin D in India of (400 IU/day), and the United States as recommended by the Indian Council of Medical Research, and (600 IU/day) of vitamin D by Institute of Medicine, USA would suffice to are sufficient to achieve vitamin D adequacy sufficiency in children remains debatable. The results were published in the British Journal of Nutrition in March.


Nutrition Reviews



Supplement Proposals Welcome

The editors of Nutrition Reviews are welcoming proposals for supplement topic ideas, guest editors, and sponsors. Have you recently organized or attended a symposium or scientific meeting on a topic that would make an interesting supplement? Would you or a colleague like to take the lead and guest edit a supplement? If so, please contact Marnie Vandenburg at to discuss the supplement process, timeline, and benefits of publishing in Nutrition Reviews.

Call for Authors

Are you a scientist or researcher with expertise in food safety, risk assessment, microbiology, or regulation? Would you like to join a select group of experts contributing to a groundbreaking new book on exposure-led risk assessment and management of changes in food composition at all key stages of food production? Learn more about this exciting opportunity to share your knowledge in ILSI’s latest book project Present Knowledge in Food Safety – A Risk-Based Approach Through the Food Chain.

Call for Authors


ILSI Research Foundation

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Gene Drive Modeling Conference Seminar Series

11-12 June | Washington, DC, USA

Convened by ILSI Research Foundation and funded by the USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program, this two-day event will bring together regulators, risk assessors, modelers, and biologists to discuss the applicability of mathematical models for the environmental risk assessment of gene drive organisms. The conference is preceded by a series of online seminars.

ILSI Argentina

Third Forum of Responsible Communication on Science and Health
14 June | Buenos Aires, Argentina
The Forum is co-organized by the Latin American Institutes and Infoalimentos - a joint collaboration of ILSI Argentina, Argenbio, and Barcelo Medical Foundation. The Forum will address crisis communications, cyberculture and confirmation bias, predatory publishers, and critical thinking and reading. More information.

ILSI North America

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ILSI North America 2019 Mid-Year Science Program
25 June | Arlington, VA, USA
The 2019 program will address the impact of deep and prolonged space travel on human physiology and technologies for developing a safe and nutritious food supply in space. The program will also feature top speakers to discuss emerging science on food waste and environmental sustainability, risk assessment and bias reduction tools for scientific research. More information.

ILSI Southeast Asia Region

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Symposium on Physical Activity & Optimal Performance – Status, Assessment and Programs
2 August | Singapore
The symposium is organized by ILSI SEA Region, in collaboration with the Department of Physiology, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, and National University of Singapore. More information.


ILSI @ ACN 2019
4-7 August | Bali, Indonesia
Several ILSI Entities will be sponsoring 2 symposium sessions at the ACN 2019. Visit ILSI at Booth S3! More information.

ILSI Southeast Asia Region

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Symposium on Scientific Development of Food Packaging: Innovation, Safety and Sustainability
24-25 September | Penang, Malaysia
This event is organized by ILSI SEA Region and its Malaysia Country Committee, co-organized with Food Safety and Quality Division, Ministry of Health, Malaysia. More information.

ILSI Southeast Asia Region

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11th ILSI BeSeTo Meeting
26-27 September | Penang, Malaysia
Hosted by ILSI Southeast Asia Region, this event will be attended by representatives from the 5 ILSI Asian Entities in Asia to facilitate the sharing of information on emerging food and nutrition safety, risk assessment and regulatory updates, and to discuss possible collaboration in the Asian region. More information.


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2020 ILSI Annual Meeting & Science Symposium

17-21 January | San Jose, Costa Rica

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More details to follow.