"Born on Sept 14, 1931, Maurice began his professional life in pharmaceutical development. He quickly moved into the development of health foods, playing a pivotal role in the creation of the UK Health Food Manufacturers Association in 1965. This link to nutrition and health expanded with his role as director of food company Booker from 1970-1975. But Maurice was never going to stay in any conventional structure. In 1975, he reinvented himself as an independent consultant and the world of health food and food supplements was never the same again.
He launched the European Federation of Health Product Manufacturers (EHPM), the UK Council for Responsible Nutrition and the UK Vitamin Forum. With global trade on the rise, Maurice played a major role in bringing together industry associations from across the globe for the inaugural meeting of the International Alliance of Dietary Food Supplement Associations in 1997.
"Of all of Maurice's achievements, there is one that deserves to be singled out. In 1984, he published the bestseller E for Additives, a book that made him a household name in the UK and elsewhere. Its influence was a key watershed in the development of the food industry over the ensuing decades ? making millions of consumers aware of the increasing chemicalisation of food, and forcing food companies and governments to reassess the future of food manufacturing.
"Maurice was a strong believer in food supplements, herbal medicines and many forms of complementary therapy. "
Resources and articles
- newhope360 Industry mourns passing of pioneer Maurice Hanssen, organizational web page, accessed February 21, 2013.