An international workshop on the role of plant-derived omega-3 fatty acids in human nutrition took place in Milan on February 9, 2000. The meeting was sponsored by the Nutrition Foundation of Italy and was organized by its Scientific Director, Dr. Andrea Poli. It was attended by experts in polyunsaturated fatty acids and human lipid nutrition.

This is the first meeting devoted to the health aspects of alpha-linolenic acid, the omega-3 fatty acid contained in plant-derived edible products, as distinct from the more widely studied long-chain omega-3 products typically present in fish and fish-derived products.

This report, which is based on updated scientific evidence presented and discussed at the workshop, was prepared by the international expert panel.