The European Commission Concerted Action on Functional Food Science in Europe (FUFOSE)

The European Commission Concerted Action on Functional Food Science in Europe (FUFOSE), which was coordinated by ILSI Europe aimed at establishing a science-based approach for concepts in functional foods science. The goal of this concerted action has been to set up a multidisciplinary European network:

  • To assess critically the science base required to provide evidence that specific nutrients and food components positively affect target functions in the body;
  • To examine the available science from a function-driven perspective rather than a product-driven one ;
  • To reach consensus on targeted modifications of food and food constituents, and options for their application.

This approach led to identifying key partners from Europe’s food and agricultural industry, governmental and intergovernmental bodies and the scientific community. This project provided them with an opportunity to exchange ideas and to interact on a neutral platform.

The work generated by FUFOSE served as basis for the PASSCLAIM project, Process for the Assessment of Scientific Support for Claims on Foods.

Publications

A.T. Diplock et al. , Editors. Scientific Concepts of Functional Foods in Europe – Consensus DocumentBritish Journal of Nutrition1999;81(1):1-27.

  1. Bellisle et al., Editors. Functional Food Science in Europe – Theme PapersBritish Journal of Nutrition 1998;80(1):1-193.

Dates

1995-1997

Budget

€360,000

Consortium

12 partners from 6 countries

Objective

The project aimed at establishing a science-based approach for concepts in functional foods science. The goal of this concerted action has been to set up a multidisciplinary European network:

  • To assess critically the science base required to provide evidence that specific nutrients and food components positively affect target functions in the body;
  • To examine the available science from a function-driven perspective rather than a product-driven one ;
  • To reach consensus on targeted modifications of food and food constituents, and options for their application.

This approach led to identifying key partners from Europe’s food and agricultural industry, governmental and intergovernmental bodies and the scientific community. This project provided them with an opportunity to exchange ideas and to interact on a neutral platform.

Role of ILSI Europe

Coordinator

Contact

For more information on the FUFOSE project, please contact info@ilsieurope.be