Update on Key Nutrition Activities in Health Canada's Food Directorate
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In support of Health Canada's mission to help Canadians maintain and improve their health, the Food Directorate is the federal health authority responsible for establishing policies, setting standards and providing advice and information on the safety and nutritional value of food. The Bureau of Nutritional Sciences (BNS) is a specialized scientific bureau of the Food Directorate responsible for nutrition-related policies, standards, advice and information and its responsibilities flow from the nutrition-related provisions of the Food and Drugs Act and Regulations. BNS develops regulations and guidelines to address the nutritional quality and safety of foods available for sale on the Canadian market; is responsible for the application of the Food and Drugs Act and Regulations in evaluating the nutritional adequacy and safety of regulatory submissions; and undertakes laboratory research, monitoring and surveillance to support evidence-based decision making. BNS works closely with other Federal and Provincial government partners, non-government health and educational organizations, the food industry and consumers on a variety of nutrition issues. Current initiatives include amendments to nutrition labelling regulations, revision to fortification policies, and management of supplemented foods. Dr. William Yan, Director of Nutritional Sciences, will be providing an update on the key priorities for BNS.
Dr. William Yan
Director of the Bureau of Nutritional Sciences in the Food
Directorate, Health Canada
Dr. William Yan obtained his Masters degree in Microbiology and his Ph.D. in Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases from the University of Alberta. He completed his post-doctoral training at Tufts University Medical School, Boston, MA before beginning his career at Health Canada as a Research Scientist in 1995. He was Head of the Office of Biotechnology, Food Directorate, from 1999-2002, Chief of the Evaluation Division, Bureau of Microbial Hazards, from 2002-2008 and Director of the Health Effects Division of the Pest Management Regulatory Agency from 2008-2009. He was head of Canadian delegations for Codex Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Foods Derived from Biotechnologies as well as the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development Task Force for the Safety of Novel Foods and Feeds. In June 2010, Dr. Yan was appointed as Director of the Bureau of Nutritional Sciences in the Food Directorate. Since then, he has provided leadership in the Bureau's work on developing nutritional standards and regulations as well as pre-market assessment of novel foods, novel fibres, health claims and infant formulas. Recently, Dr. Yan led the transition of food-like natural health products to the food regulatory framework. He is currently leading the Food Directorate's work on improving how nutritional information is provided on food labels in Canada.
***Original Source: "2016 CNS Annual Conference", Friday May 6, 2016
Last Updated: May 29, 2016
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