ILSI North America
Fortification Committee Workshop: New Findings and Implications for Vitamins and Minerals
21 June 2012
In an environment of over-consumption, it is of great interest that Americans simultaneously fail to meet the Dietary References Intakes (DRIs) for many nutrients. Given the Dietary Guidelines recommendation to “keep calories in control,” attention to calorie-conscious ways to meet micronutrient adequacy is critical. While nearly half of the US population uses supplements, data indicate that these individuals often have better overall diet quality. Fortification is a way to supplement intakes of the population at large without having to rely on consumer choice. While fortification plays an important role in the nutrient adequacy of American diets, it is also important to evaluate the potential for over-consumption of certain nutrients. The Fortification Committee's workshop will provide attendees with an improved understanding of the value of fortification and the success of current fortification efforts and practices. Additionally the workshop will address the potential future role of fortification in nutrient adequacy, to include benefits and risks.
Session Chairs: Johanna Dwyer and Catherine Woteki
Supported by the ILSI North America Committee on Fortification
Eric Hentges, Executive Director, ILSI North America
Catherine Woteki, Under Secretary for USDA's Research, Education, and Economics (REE) mission area, and the Department's Chief Scientist.
Johanna Dwyer, Tufts University Schools of Medicine and Nutrition and the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts
Alicia Carriquiry, Iowa State University
Johanna Dwyer and Catherine Woteki