What Is or Isn't a Health Claim?


Josephine Wee
Pennsylvania State University, Assistant Professor

Dr. Josephine Wee is Assistant Professor in the Department of Food Science at The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State). She obtained a BS in Food Science and dual PhD in Food Science and Environmental Toxicology from Michigan State University. Dr. Wee conducted her postdoctoral fellowship in yeast evolutionary biology at Cornell University. Her research team at Penn State uses genomics and molecular biology to understand the role of fungi in food safety, quality, and sustainability.

What exactly constitutes a health claim? This contentious topic can be a source of problems and expense for the unwitting or incautious producer. It pays to "never assume," and Penn State's Dr. Josephine Wee explores the essential details.