A team of specialists, including Emeritus Professor Duncan Burns, a forensically experienced analytical chemist from Queen’s University Belfast’s Institute for Global Food Security, Dr Michael Walker from the Government Chemist Programme at LGC and Professor Declan Naughton from Kingston University, has been examining the detection of illegal ingredients in herbal dietary supplements .
Ocado, the online grocery retailer, is testing a robotic hand that can pick and pack fruit and vegetables . Ocado already uses a variety of robots in its operations, but the variation in shape and fragile nature of fruit and vegetables mean that they have been susceptible to damage or bruising when handled by existing robots.
The climate change challenges facing the UK are outlined in the government’s latest Climate Change Risk Assessment, published in January 2017 . The changing climate is recognised as one of the most serious environmental challenges and the government is taking action to address this by improving flood defences and securing critical food and water supplies.