May 2018

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The FieldFOOD Project - Exploring the use of Pulsed Electric Field (PEF) technology in the food industry

Over the last two decades, scientists have done a lot of research into the use of PEF for foods which improves food quality and food safety, optimises process efficiency, reduces energy costs and

PET project

Unilever has announced a partnership between its R&D Foods team, start-up company Ioniqa, a spin-off from the Eindhoven University of Technology in The Netherlands, and the largest global producer of PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) resin, Indorama Ventures, to pioneer a new technology, which converts PET waste back into virgin grade material for use in food packaging[1].

EU’s record investment in agri-food

The European Commission is working on its proposal for the next Horizon research framework programme, Project Horizon 21-27, that will succeed Horizon 2020.

It has announced its biggest ever budget of around €100bn for research and innovation and plans to spend €10bn of the total budget (10%) on research and innovation in food, agriculture, rural development and the bio-economy[6]. This is a significant expansion, as it will have spent a total of €6bn on food research and innovation in the 6-year funding cycle to 2020[7].

Pact on plastic pollution

Unnecessary, single-use plastic packaging should become a thing of the past as businesses sign up to a world-first pact, which aims to transform the plastic packaging system in the UK and keep plastic in the economy and out of the ocean.

The UK Plastics Pact was launched by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in April 2018 and will be led by WRAP (Waste Resources Action Programme).


New assay for mycobacteria in milk

A new, highly sensitive test has found that 10% of milk samples contain low levels of mycobacteria pathogens according to research due to be published in Food Microbiology.

The phage-based assay, ActiphageTM, developed by PBD Biotech, can distinguish between viable and non-viable organisms. It found viable Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP) in 10.3% of the 386 samples of retail purchased pasteurised milk tested[5].

Cutting calories

Cutting calories

Public Health England (PHE) was commissioned by government in August 2017 to consider the evidence around children’s calorie consumption and to set the ambition, scope and timeline for extending the reformulation programme, set up in 2016[3], to cover the foods that contribute significantly to children’s calorie intakes. In March 2018, PHE published a report of its findings entitled ‘Calorie reduction: The scope and ambition for action’[4].


Compostable coffee capsules

The Eden Project has launched a new range of home compostable coffee capsules to address the problem of waste plastic[8]. The new capsules break down into simple raw materials in a domestic compost heap in a few weeks.

The packaging for the capsules is made from card and printed using vegetable-based inks, which can be recycled. This means that 100% of the product is compostable or recyclable. They are compatible with Nespresso coffee machines and have just gone on sale in Waitrose supermarkets.

David Gregory

From the President – June 2018

Firstly, thank you to those of you who attended the Volunteers Group Meeting and AGM, which this year was held in London.

We were delighted to have such a well-attended afternoon and evening and really appreciate the support volunteers give to IFST in so many ways.

We also held our Spring Conference (SC18) at the University of Birmingham. Once again, we were delighted with the attendance and are very grateful to the speakers who ably covered a very wide range of emerging science and technology topics that will impact on all of us in the next few years.

Michael Bell is elected as new VP

We are pleased to announce that Michael Bell has been elected as the new Vice President of IFST. He was invested during IFST’s Annual General Meeting on 13 March 2018.

Of his appointment, Michael said: ‘I am looking forward to supporting the Institute of Food Science & Technology and its members during the most exciting time for UK Agri-Food since IFST was created. We have a lot of building to do, but together, we have a superb legacy to build on.’

Michael Mosley announced for IFST Lecture

The IFST Lecture is always one of the highlights of our calendar. This year we are delighted that our guest speaker will be Dr Michael Mosley, well-known British television journalist, producer and presenter, who will talk about the role of the media in presenting evidence-based science to the general public.

Michael studied PPE at Oxford and then became an investment banker...before realising that this really wasn’t the industry for he retrained as a doctor.

IFST Spring Conference 2018

Review of IFST Spring Conference 2018 (SC18)

With the stimulating title ‘Managing Food Risk: Future Tools and Technologies’, our Spring Conference (SC18) took place on 19 April 2018 at the University of Birmingham.

The event was opened by our President, David Gregory, and chaired by Professor Lisa Jack (University of Portsmouth), who introduced the concept of ‘think like a criminal’ for designing solutions to fraud.

Food Science Fact Sheet on Date Labelling

New Food Science Fact Sheet on Date Labelling

As part of our commitment to educate the public about key food science and technology related issues, we have released a new Food Science Fact Sheet on Date Labelling of Pre-Packaged Food.

To download the Fact Sheet, please visit

New FS and T website!

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