Historical Perspectives on Omega-3s

3:45pm – 4:45pm / Tuesday February 4th

This presentation is meant to set the stage for the conference theme of “growth” by providing a retrospective look from industry experts on developments that have brought us to where we are today. Our speakers will offer two very different and unique perspectives on the evolution of the omega-3 industry, one from the perspective of the challenges of linking science and policy through the years, and the other, a look at how the industry has evolved in terms of the measurement and analytical tools that are so important to maintaining our quality persona and consumer trust.


Historical Perspectives: Linking Science and Policy

Dr. Tom Brenna, Professor of Pediatrics, Chemistry and Human Nutrition, University of Texas-Austin; and Professor Emeritus, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY USA

Scientists are instrumental when it comes to influencing science-based policy. Dr. Tom Brenna, a longtime omega-3 researcher and past president of the International Society of the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids, will talk about how his group’s research contributed to the US FDA’s approval of DHA for use in infant formula and about his work on the 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC).

The History and Future of the Omega-3 Sector from the Perspective of Development in Analytical Instrumentation

Terje Aasoldsen, Samsi AS, Trollaasen, Norway

Terje Aasoldsen has been installing analytical equipment and setting up laboratories for the quality control of marine oils for over three decades. He not only has a unique perspective on the historic development of the omega-3 sector but has literally been instrumental in the methods and capacities that GOED members are currently familiar with. In this presentation, some big trends and important events over the past decades will be highlighted. Based on current projects, Terje will also present his ideas and views on some of the future directions our sector may take.


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