The newly published Novel Foods Regulation (EU) 2015/2283, 25th November 2015 (NFR), repealing Regulation 258/97, was first drafted in 2008, but failed time and again to reach consensus. However, this regulation does finally provide significant clarity on categories of foods that previously created uncertainty, hopefully levelling the playing field amongst manufacturers and suppliers.
The Scotland and Midlands Branches hosted the Young Scientist competition for the first time this year alongside the North of England Branch, where the competition is well established. Thirty-three students competed in total attracting lively audiences at each final.
The flavour and taste of edible fungi are highly associated with the presence of several umami substances. In this study, different edible fungi were distinguished by an electronic tongue method. Two data analysis methods (PCA - principal component analysis and DFA - discriminant factor analysis) were found to successfully distinguish between varieties of edible fungi.
Dr. Alexandros Stratakos, research fellow at the Institute for Global Food Security at Queens University Belfast, and Miss Esereosa Omoarukhe, Doctoral research student studying food and nutritional sciences at the University of Reading, have been announced as the winners of the John Coppock Award for 2016. The Award provides a travel bursary for two research students to attend IUFoS’s biennial international food science congress taking place in Dublin from 21-25 August 2016.
Andrew Gardner has joined the team as Operations Director, taking on responsibility for the day-to-day management of the office and supporting the Institute’s Education and Careers and Professional Development committees. He has worked as a senior manager for professional, membership and regulatory bodies and recently worked with a health-based web startup.