Substantiating claims about the nutritional and health benefits of foods

Posted on: 10/10/2017

KTN’s Professor Bryan Hanley has been appointed external independent science expert for the ILSI Functional Foods Task Force.

Hardly a week seems to pass without the latest “superfood” or indeed food scare story featuring in the news. Many foods or diets can bring additional benefits to our nutrition, health and well-being, but these claims need to be evidence based if consumer trust is to be maintained.

The provision of science-based evidence for nutrition, food safety, consumer trust and sustainability is one of the key aims of the International Life Sciences Institute Europe (ILSI).

The ILSI Task Force on Functional Foods brings together the best scientists from industry, academia and the public sector to develop tools and materials to scientifically substantiate health benefits of foods. The task force sets criteria, defines how to substantiate benefits, evaluates and ensures that health claims can meet regulatory standards.

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KTN’s Food Specialist, Professor Bryan Hanley, has been recently appointed as chair of the Expert Group on Oral and Systemic Health Resilience as part of the ILSI Functional Foods Task Force.

Prior to joining KTN, Bryan worked in research institutes and in industry across the UK, Europe, and the US, most recently as Director of Scientific Discovery at the Wm Wrigley Company in Chicago. Bryan is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, President of the Industry and Technology Division of the RSC and a visiting Professor at the University of Ulster, and holds a PhD in Chemistry.

You can find out more about the work of the ILSI Function Foods Task Force here.


If you would like to discuss collaboration or business support opportunities for your food and drink innovations, please contact a member of KTN’s Agri-Food Team.

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