Cover story
Ioanna Zafeiri and Bettina Wolf of the University of Birmingham review the applications of Pickering particles in emulsion stabilisation and discuss recent results concerning the use of lipid particles and natural co-products from food manufacturing as Pickering emulsion stabilisers.
News
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].

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.

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.

Features
tomatoes on a vine

Using Tomatoes to study Environmentally-Friendly Farming Techniques

Mattia Doglio, student at the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policies of the University of Milan, introduces Project TomRes.

Keeping a cool head

Marcus Stacey-Bradbury of Hanwell Solutions explains how monitoring solutions can help to reduce temperature fluctuations in the supply chain.   Keeping tabs on storage conditions is essential to meet government legislation. Manual checks or data loggers only provide a retrospective view of what has happened; the damage may already be done. However, new wireless monitoring solutions can provide real-time data and early-warnings of potentially damaging environmental fluctuations, such as temperature and humidity.

A blueprint for aquaculture in Scotland

Sam Houston of the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre describes recent trials of offshore salmon farming and explains why this approach has potential to increase both sustainability and productivity in the sector. With waves up to three times higher than traditional farming sites, stronger currents and deeper waters, fish farming offshore is no mean feat. On these ‘high energy’ sites, jobs as seemingly straightforward as feeding fish can become a significant undertaking because of the extremity of the elements.

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