A new Food Innovation Network (FIN) was launched in October by the Environment Secretary, Andrea Leadsom. The aim is to provide British food businesses with access to research, skills and expertise and different funding mechanisms, which are currently impeding R&D and innovation .
An online portal will offer help with tackling complex issues, such as intellectual property and developing new technology, as well as providing access to first-class facilities, such as test kitchens and laboratories, to help food businesses launch new products into the market.
Professor Guy Poppy, the FSA’s Chief Scientific Adviser, published the latest edition of his Science Report in September, which examines the science behind antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and presents the latest findings around the role that food plays in this problem .
The report identifies how AMR microbes can be spread via food:
• Faecal contamination when the animal is slaughtered could transfer AMR microbes to meat and meat products.
Rothamsted Research has submitted an application to Defra for permission to carry out GM field trials on the Rothamsted Farm in 2017 and 2018 . Scientists at Rothamsted Research, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Essex and Lancaster University, have developed wheat plants that can carry out photosynthesis more efficiently. This trait has the potential to result in higher yielding plants.