10 September 2021
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LIH scientist at the forefront of European nutritional health
Dr Torsten Bohn joins the European Food Safety Authority Expert Panel
On July 1st 2021, Dr Torsten Bohn from the Nutrition and Health Research Group (DoPH), became part of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) panel for Nutrition, Novel Foods and Allergens (NDA). This highly sought-after position makes Dr Bohn one of only 16 external EFSA experts able to advise on Diet and Health decisions for the whole of Europe.
Dr Torsten Bohn, Group leader of the Nutrition and Health Research team of the Department of Population Health at the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH), agreed to become part of the EFSA Panel on Nutrition, Novel Foods and Food Allergens (NDA) starting in July 2021. During the last regular renewal of panel members, over 1000 applications were received for the 170 panel positions (2018); the appointment of Dr Bohn is therefore an unequivocal testament to his noteworthy experience in the field.
In this extremely prestigious four-year role, Dr Bohn will meet with the panel regularly to discuss and make recommendations on applications that include novel foods (such as pasteurised gut bacteria, or even powdered crickets), health claims, foods for special population groups (such as infant formulae) and also propose dietary reference values for specific nutrients. Their recommendations will be published regularly in the well-known EFSA Journal.
“Not only is this a great opportunity for me personally, but also for the LIH and Luxembourg. It will allow us to stay up-to-date with emerging research and remain at the forefront of a rapidly changing foodscape and its regulations”