August 2019

  Monthly archive

Allergen labelling

The Government has announced plans to introduce a new allergen labelling law to help further protect the UK’s two million people living with food allergy[1].

The new legislation will mandate full ingredients labelling for foods which are prepacked for direct sale. These are foods that have been made and packed on the same premises from which they are being sold. For example, a packaged sandwich or salad made by staff earlier in the day and placed on a shelf for purchase.

Food chain review

The findings of an independent review that will consider the food chain from field to fork will be used to develop a National Food Strategy for England[2].

This independent review will look at the entire food chain, from field to fork, including production, marketing, processing, sale and purchase of food (for consumption in the home and out of it). It will also look at the consumer practices, resources and institutions involved in these processes.

Farming insects

In a new study, researchers from the University of Leeds and University of Veracruz in Mexico have reviewed current insect farming methods, processing technologies and commercialisation techniques, as well as current perceptions towards entomophagy – the practice of eating insects[3].

Century for Campden BRI

Campden BRI is 100 years old this year[4]. To mark the occasion, the Annual Campden Lecture was delivered by Tesco and Danone, who also celebrate their centenaries this year.

Campden BRI’s beginnings go back to the First World War, when the UK Government wanted to develop ways of preserving food to ensure food security in times of conflict. A milling facility for pheasant feed, next to Chipping Campden railway station, was chosen as the base for this critical endeavour as it was located in the Vale of Evesham, a major area of fruit and vegetable production.

Eurobarometer of food safety

A new Eurobarometer survey commissioned by EFSA investigated Europeans’ overall interest in food safety, including factors affecting food-related decisions, main information channels on food-related risks, changes in behaviour and views on complexity of communication about food-related risks[5]. The survey also addressed awareness and risk perceptions when it comes to food safety topics, trust in different sources of information and understanding of the EU food safety system

From the Chief Executive - September 2019

January 2018 saw the launch of the Food and Drink Sector Council, a formal industry-led collaboration with government composed of businesses and organisations from every part of the food chain. Among the Council’s strategic priorities are agricultural productivity, nutrition, exports, workforce and skills, innovation, logistics and packaging. Quoting from the gov.uk website; ‘The Council will be a mechanism for the industry to engage with government in order to increase the sector’s productivity.’

IFST Lecture 2019

The IFST Lecture is one of the highlights of the year for the food science profession, providing critical thinking on topical issues and invaluable networking opportunities. This year’s guest speaker was Professor Michael Gibney, Emeritus Professor of Food and Health, University College Dublin.

On the evening of 2 July 2019 Professor Gibney discussed with over 170 invited guests his views on ‘ultra-processed foods’ and the issues raised for policy makers. Hosted at the Royal Society of Medicine in London, the Lecture was also livestreamed to three venues around the UK.

New Food Science Fact Sheet on Food Allergy

We are pleased to announce that we have released a new Food Science Fact Sheet on Food Allergy. It has been designed to provide the public with clear, concise and scientifically reliable information on this topic.

Food allergy never seems to be out of the spotlight as we continue to learn about allergy symptoms and severity. Those at great risk are teenagers and young adults, many of whom have never experienced a major reaction before.

IFST secures a further licence from the Science Council

We are pleased to announce that we have secured a further licence from the Science Council to award Chartered Scientist (CSci), Registered Scientist (RSci) and Registered Science Technician (RsciTech) status for the next five years.

Professional recognition and improvement lie at the heart of everything we do at IFST. With an ever-growing range of possible career development pathways within the food sector, it is now more important than ever to be recognised by a professional, independent body.

Short Course Recognition Scheme

We are very pleased to have launched a new recognition scheme for short training courses offered by employers and external training providers. This IFST ‘badge’ of recognition will indicate that a course has been assessed by IFST and judged against a set of standards to be of a high quality and aligned to the needs of the food sector.

Search the Register of Food Safety Professionals

We are pleased to announce that we have just released a new service making our Register of Food Safety Professionals fully searchable.

All Food Safety Professionals using the postnominals RFoodSPrac, RFoodSM or RFoodSP are Registered Food Professionals with IFST and will appear within the listing.

If you are an employer and have an applicant citing they are registered as a Food Safety Professional, you can use the search to check whether they currently appear on our register.

IFST Special Interest Groups

IFST Special Interest Groups (SIGs) enable members to connect and collaborate with others who share similar professional interests, including those from academia, manufacturing, retail and consulting. They cover important, relevant food science and technology topics and provide up-to-date information as well as the opportunity for useful discussions at events and via forums.

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