Welcome to the Food & Health Network

A Knowledge Exchange Network from the Institute of Food Research

The Food & Health Network is a link to enable colleagues in the food, drink and health related industries to access, discuss and exchange knowledge with IFR scientists, generating competitive advantage through early access to the latest research.

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Launch of the new Food Safety Centre at the Institute of Food Research:

Launch of the new Food Safety Centre at IFR FoodSafetyCentreLogo

The main aims of the Food Safety Centre are three fold:

  • To allow industry to benefit from access to international expertise in food safety and security
  • To Advise government departments and regulators in the areas of food safety and security
  • To develop research collaborations with other academic institutions to maximise research in the areas of food safety and security

Expertise includes:
Bacterial food pathogens including clostridium botulinum, Campylobacter and Salmonella

  • Predictive Microbiology and QMRA
  • Microbial Tracing
  • Food Authentication
  • Spoilage investigations

Food Safety Centre, Norwich is led by Professor Mike Peck, Director and Elizabeth Saggers, Deputy Director.
For more information please contact: info@foodsafety.ifr.ac.uk

Latest News

  • Food and Health Webinar:  Cardiovascular benefits of dietary polyphenols: From basic research to health claims will be held on 18th June 2014 at 11:00-12:00 GMT.
    Dr Paul Kroon, Polyphenols & Health Research Group Leader at the Institute of Food Research, will talk about main challenges to achieving health claims with polyphenols, the need for basic research to underpin health claims and specific strategies that focus on overcoming the challenges. His talk will also cover how the FP7 BACCHUS project is making advances in this area.
  • Food Safety Webinar: Focus on Campylobacter will be held on 30th June 2014 at 14:00-15:30 GMT. The webinar will consist of two talks:
    Campylobacter Research and Food Safety: from Farm to Fork: Dr Arnoud Van Vliet, Research Leader IFR
    Processing methods to reduce levels of Campylobacter: Jeremy Hall, Technical Director, Bernard Matthews.
    In addition the webinar will start with an introduction to the new Food Safety Centre within IFR.
  • New Models to predict food structure and composition: A large 5 year collaborative EU project involving IFR has just been completed with the results made available for industry.
    The DREAM project (Design and development of  REAlistic food Models with well-characterised micro- and macro-structure and composition) aimed to integrate experimental and mathematical approaches to develop ranges of food models realistic enough to be used by the industry. The project span covered four product categories: fruits and vegetables, meat, dairy, and bakery products.
    Download the DREAM project Book of Results
    For more information visit the DREAM project website
  • Reducing sugar in foods: The Institute of Food Research is looking at new ways of reducing the fat levels in foods that don't affect taste or texture, but also don't lead to additional sugars or starch being added.
  • New method for quantifying stability of emulsions: Understanding, at the molecular level, more about emulsions is an important part of IFR’s research into how food structure affects health, as their properties affect the rate of digestion and satiety. A new technique based on atomic force microscopy has been developed to help in this.

Meet us at

  • 15 October Food Manufacturer : Food Safety Conference 2014
    VENUE: Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, Warwickshire

    FoodSafetyConfLogoThe Food Safety Centre, Norwich will be sponsoring the Food Manufacture 2014 Food Safety conference as part of the Centre’s launch event.
    The conference entitled:  ‘Safe and legal food in a changing world' - will look at emerging food safety issues and the changing regulatory environment.
    Dr Sandra Stringer, a lead scientist within the Centre at the Institute of Food Research, will be contributing to the conference by presenting a talk entitled: “Safe Reformulation of Foods”.
    The conference will be divided into 4 sessions:

    Session 1 : Tomorrow’s food safety risks

    Session 2 : Managing the supply chain

    Session 3: Keeping food safe (Dr S Stringer, IFR)

    Session 4 : Novel processes and packaging
    If attending please come along to the Food Safety Centre exhibit, meet some of the team and learn more about this new initiative from IFR .More information: www.foodmanevents.co.uk

  • 11-13 November : Total Food 2014 FHN will be sponsoring and attending Total Food 2014 which is the fourth in a series of conferences focused on the TotalFood2014sustainable exploitation of agri-food co-products and related biomass, thereby helping to minimise waste.To Register for this event visit: www.ifr.ac.uk/totalfood2014
  • 18-20 November 2014 : Food Matters Live, ExCeL, London.  FHN are exhibiting and we will be happy to meet there. For more infrmation go to:http://www.foodmatterslive.com/  If you would like to arrange a meeting with us in advance, please contact FHN.Info@ifr.ac.uk or just come and see us at our stand.