Cover story
Dr Jo Gould of the University of Nottingham discusses the potential for incorporating insect proteins into foods as both nutritional and functional ingredients. Introduction
An inspector calls

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) commenced a programme of unannounced inspections to review health and safety standards in food manufacturing businesses across the country from January 2018[3].

The inspections are focused on two of the main causes of ill-health in the sector:

• occupational asthma from exposure to flour dust in bakeries, cake and biscuit manufacturers and grain mills and

• musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) – predominantly lower back pain and upper limb disorders from manual handling activities and repetitive tasks across the sector.

Acrylamide legislation

Food business operators (FBOs) in the UK will be required to put in place practical steps to manage acrylamide within their food safety management systems under new EU legislation which will apply from April 2018[2]. The legislation describes practical measures based upon best practice, mitigation measures and benchmark levels for the reduction of acrylamide in food.

Future of food

A new report from the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council (EASAC) is calling for urgent action on food and nutrition security[1]. A team of scientists from 130 science academies across Europe undertook a two-year, extensive analysis on the future of food, nutrition, agriculture and health and concluded that Europe will need to change its diet in the future to address climate change and health.

Food consumption will need to change to improve consumer health:

• A decrease in the consumption of animal protein could be important for both health and the environment.


It’s a kind of magic - Gaining time in food microbiology by the use of MALDI-ToF

Maria Karczmarczyk of Eurofins desrcibes MALDI-ToF diagnostic microbiology method. Introduction

The potential of blockchain

Blockchain technology has the potential to transform the food industry and herald a food safety and anti-fraud revolution. Sterling Crew examines its application to enhance food supply chain transparency, tracking and traceability and considers how it could play a part in the fight to build consumer confidence in a more secure food system. The challenge

Staying on the safe side

Richard Bradford- Knox of RBK Consultants and Simon Neighbour, Environmental Health Manager, Preston City Council, investigate the risk management of food safety and suggest how we can do better. Introduction

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