February 2019

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FSA publishes a new research revealing variations in nutritional content and portion sizes of scones in Northern Ireland

New research on the variations in nutritional content and portion sizes of scones in Northern Ireland

The Food Standards Agency[1] has published the findings of its latest research which reveals that scones produced in Northern Ireland can be in the region of 750 calories and contain the equivalent to ten sugar cubes.

Qudsiyah Raza

Qudsiyah Raza, member of IFST's New Professionals Group, tells us about her career and transition from university to industry. 

planetary health

Planetary health diet

The EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health, was launched in Oslo in January 2019 and has subsequently been introduced in a series of events around the world[1].

New tool provides dietary information

EFSA has launched an interactive tool that allows nutritionists and other health professionals to make quick and easy calculations using EFSA’s dietary reference values (DRV)[2].

The DRV Finder searches by population group or nutrient, allowing users to extract and combine the precise information they need from the 32 opinions on DRVs that EFSA has published in recent years. The opinions contain DRVs for water, fats, carbohydrates and dietary fibre, protein, energy, as well as 14 vitamins and 13 minerals.

Blueprint for resources and waste

Businesses and manufacturers will pay the full cost of recycling or disposing of their packaging waste, under a major new government strategy unveiled by the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, in December 2018[3]. The move will overhaul England’s waste system, putting a legal onus on those responsible for producing damaging waste to foot the bill for its recycling or disposal.

a boost for barley

A boost for barley

A new study by plant scientists at the University of Dundee and the James Hutton Institute, led by Dr Sarah McKim, suggests that new barley lines created by bringing together novel genetic variation, could benefit the brewing and distilling industries by offering improved grain quality[4].

Food issues of concern

The FSA has published the results of its Biannual Public Attitudes Tracker to identify the top food safety issues of public concern[5]. Interviews were conducted face-to-face in November 2018 with a representative sample of 2,007 adults in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The top food safety issues of concern for those surveyed were: Food hygiene when eating out (35%), Food poisoning (29%), Chemicals from the environment, such as lead, in food (28%), Food additives (28%).

Circular economy for plastics

An alliance of global companies from the plastics and consumer goods value chain have launched a new organisation to advance solutions to eliminate plastic waste in the environment, especially in the ocean[6]. The cross value chain Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW), currently made up of nearly thirty member companies, has committed over $1bn with the goal of investing a further $1.5bn over the next five years to help end plastic waste in the environment.

Food loss hotspots

Human errors caused by a lack of standardised procedures and insufficient training are the major drivers behind loss in food manufacturing, a new study has found[8]. Researchers at Brunel University London and Ghent University, Belgium, studied the production processes at 47 food manufacturers in Belgium to determine where the highest losses were observed.

World’s first Centre for Doctoral Training in agri-food robotics

The world’s first Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) for agri-food robotics is being established by the University of Lincoln, UK, in conjunction with the Universities of Cambridge and East Anglia[9]. The CDT has received a funding award of £6.6m from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), which will create the largest ever cohort of Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) specialists for the global food and farming sectors.

Jon Poole. IFST

From the Chief Executive - March 2019

In 1977, the now late IFST Past President, Tom McLachlan, bequeathed to IFST his rich and fascinating collection of more than 1500 books and publications dating from 1600’s through to current time. Over the last year we have been using the services of an archivist, Sheila Mercieca, to accurately catalogue and assess the collection.

IFST Spring Conference 2019

IFST Spring Conference 2019 (SC19)

‘Nutritional Science over Gut Feel’ is the title of this year’s Spring Conference 2019 (SC19) which will take place on 4 April 2019 at University of Birmingham. We have a stimulating programme with the highest quality line-up of speakers.

We will explore the very latest scientific and technological research and innovation that is informing our thinking in tackling some of the biggest nutritional and health challenges, including obesity.

Confirmed speakers include:



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