February 2018

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The Next Level of Food Production: Blockchain Technology

Theo Valich, Head of Growth at tech start up Datum looks at how the problem of food waste can be tackled through Internet of Things (IoT) and blockchain technology.

IFST Spring Conference 2018 (SC18)

With the stimulating title ‘Managing Food Risk: Future Tools and Technologies’, our Spring Conference will take place on 19 April 2018 at the University of Birmingham.

Explore with us how food risk management is changing through new science and technologies and in turn how we can expect roles in the sector to change to take advantage of these technologies.

Health firmly on the agenda

IFST Sensory Science Group is pleased to announce that its annual one-day interactive conference will be held on 7 June 2018 in Birmingham. It will prescribe an invigorating dose of health and wellbeing and explore how sensory and consumer science is adapting to support this growing platform.

Focus Future – A Regulatory Minefield?

The field of food regulation seems to be constantly developing, sometimes for the good, other times seemingly just to try the patience and resources of the food industry. However, with the impact of Brexit on the horizon, we are entering new territory – some predict a Regulatory minefield.

AGM just around the corner

The 54th Annual General Meeting will take place on 13 March 2018 from 18.30 at Court Room, Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU.

All members are invited to attend. Only Members and Fellows are entitled to vote.

To confirm your attendance, please register via https://www.ifst.org/events/ifst-annual-general-meeting-2018.

IFST gives evidence to House of Lords select committee

On 16 January 2018, John Bassett, IFST’s Policy and Scientific Development Director gave evidence to the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee inquiry into Life Sciences and Industrial Strategy.

New IFST Information Statements

As part of our commitment to provide relevant and clear science-based information about food science and technology, we have released a new Information Statement on Oils and Fats. We have also updated our Information Statements on HIV/AIDS and the Food Handler and Acrylamide in Foods.

IFST Information Statements are peer-reviewed by IFST’s Scientific Committee.

Log on and learn with IFST’s myCPD

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is how professionals maintain, improve and broaden their knowledge and develop the personal qualities and competencies required in their working lives. Structured CPD gives you a clear path to success within your current role and progression to future ones.

We are pleased to announce the launch of a simple to use new myCPD online system designed to help you manage your own learning and growth with ease.

It is available to registrants (free) and members (£15).

Northern powerhouse

The North of England region is a diverse, vibrant network of members connected by geography, a passion for food and drink and a love of science. The counties in the North of England have for many years provided students and graduates of food science with the possibility to continue their education at one of many esteemed centres of learning or to take employment with and develop their careers furthering the success of food production businesses right across the region.

Plan to confront plastics problem

Plastic bags grabbed the headlines on the recent release of the Government’s Environment Plan (‘A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment’) and have also generated public attention, after a Blue Planet 2 screening at the end of 2017 demonstrating some of the impacts of plastic on the ocean and its wildlife. The plan has called for zero ‘avoidable’ plastic by 2042 and promised to reduce contamination of the sea and fresh water by plastic and its by-products. These are of course laudable aims, despite some criticism of the 25-year timeline to meet some targets.

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.

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.



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