Get set for Québec's largest trade show for natural products and organics



    TORONTO, Jan. 30 /CNW/ - The Canadian Health Food Association presents
the largest trade show for the natural products sector for Québec and Eastern
Canada at the Palais des congrès de Montréal in Montréal, February 16-18.
    As more Canadians discover the benefits of natural health products and
turn to alternative forms of medicine to improve the quality of their lives,
the industry is experiencing unprecedented growth.
    Expo Québec celebrates this growth with over 250 booths, a line-up of
dynamic speakers and the opportunity for attendees to learn about the newest
products and trends.
    Highlights of this show include a bus tour on February 16 to the new
multi-million dollar expansion of Bio-K+ International Inc. located in the
heart of Québec's biotechnology research corridor. The company produces a live
probiotic product containing friendly bacteria (Lb. acidophilus & Lb. casei)
that helps restore intestinal flora, strengthen the immune system and lowers
total cholesterol level.
    Later that afternoon, a panel discussion looks at the new federal organic
regulations and how Québec's organic regulations may be integrated into this
model which ultimately spells good news for farmers, businesses and consumers.
    Panelists include Michel Saumur from the recently created Canada Organic
Office, Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA); Marie Provost of Clef des
Champ, a processor and distributor of organics; Robert Beauchemin of Meunerie
Milanaise, an organic processor; and representatives from the Québec organic
regulatory sector. Julien Lepoutre of Les Aliments La Rosalie Inc., will
moderate the panel.
    The morning of February 17 kicks off with a naturopathic practitioner and
a medical doctor debating about how to make health care better by integrating
the professions. The "debaters" include Ms. Danielle Ruelens, N.D., and Dr.
Paul Lépine, M.D., who will look at the strengths and weaknesses of their
respective disciplines and come to an agreement on how the two professions can
work harmoniously towards a model of integrated medicine. Short biographies of
the speakers follow this media release.
    For more information on Expo Québec or the CHFA, visit the CHFA website
at www.chfa.ca.

    The Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) is Canada's largest national
trade association representing the natural products industry. Its members
include over 85 per cent of the retailers, suppliers, wholesalers,
distributors, and manufacturers that are involved in a variety of industry
sub-sectors such as vitamin and mineral supplements, herbals, homeopathics,
sports nutrition products, natural foods and organic products. We believe that
Canadians deserve access to safe and efficacious natural health products.
    The CHFA exists to empower and support our members by acting on their
behalf to secure a fair regulatory environment, hosting forums that showcase
innovative products, delivering ongoing vital and relevant education, and
providing valuable member services. This ensures that our industry is
sustainable and stronger both culturally and financially.


    BACKGROUNDER

    Speakers:

    Danielle Ruelens, N.D.
    Ms. Ruelens practices naturopathy at La Maison de la Santé, an enterprise
that successfully integrates natural medicine and allopathic medicine in
Québec City. She co-founded this private healthcare facility with Dr. Paul
Lépine. At La Maison de la Santé, she teaches healthy eating habits, proper
use of natural health products, biology and healthy cooking. Ms. Ruelens is
also the co-author of La ménopause : aux hormones ou au naturel ? Une approche
intégrée, published by Quebecor (January 2002).

    Dr. Paul Lépine
    Dr. Lépine is a graduate of the Faculty of Medicine of the Laval
University and has been a physician since 1984. He also holds diplomas in
therapeutic homeopathic therapy and osteopathy. He currently works full-time
at La Maison de la Santé with Ms. Ruelens in addition to teaching at Laval
University and private colleges specializing in naturopathy and osteopathy.

    Ms. Renee Frappier - Moderator
    Ms. Frappier founded the Association Manger Santé Bio. She is also the
organizer of Expo Manger Santé, which is in its 10th year.




For further information:

For further information: Natalie Cajic, Communications Coordinator at
(416) 497-6939 ext. 234, (800) 661-4510 or ncajic@chfa.ca


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