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IEM history and mission
How the IEM startedThe International Expert Movement is an initiative from the International Union of Nutritional Sciences and started with a meeting held in February 2009, in Barcelona. It brought together 40 leading global experts in the field of fats and health, originating from over 25 countries.
This meeting marked an important moment, helping to shift the public discourse around fats from: "Eat less fat" to "Eat the right type of fat". The outcomes of this meeting, are reflected in an agreed and signed Summary Statement and sparked off an International Expert Movement (IEM) that wants to improve the fat quality of the diet of everyone, everywhere.
The Activities of the IEM are held under the auspices of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences and funded by an unrestricted educational grant from Unilever NV.
Details of the partnership between IUNS and Unilever are available on the IUNS website.