Welcome to the Food & Health Network, a knowledge exchange network from the Institute of Food Research.

The Food & Health Network (FHN) provides a forum for knowledge exchange within industry and academia.  Where science makes a real contribution to industrial effectiveness and sustainability.

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Food Safety Centre at the Institute of Food Research


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

BACCHUS Workshop : 10 June 2016, Penta Hotel, Brussels

“Best practice in health claims” – BACCHUS Workshop : BACCHUS has developed tools and resources that can help you generate the kind of information EFSA needs to achieve a positive opinion.  You will come away with the resources to help you decide when a health claim is a realistic option, and up-to-date knowledge about how to make a health claim.

  • Would you like to get ahead of the competition and increase your revenue?
  • Do you have a product that could be helped in the market with a health claim?
  • More and more consumers are demanding high-quality, safe and nutritious foods.  But, how do you prove your product has health benefits?
  • And when you have proven this, how do you ensure your health claim is legal in the European Union?

All health claims on packaging must receive a positive opinion from EFSA before they can be approved for use on packaging.  To do this, companies must submit a Health claim dossier.

This Free of Charge Workshop will provide tools and way of thinking for successful health claim submission.

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RICHFIELDS Stakeholder Platform Meeting – 02 June 2016, Penta Hotel, Brussels

richfields-216x84EuroFIR is please to invite you to RICHFIELDS Stakeholder  Platform Meeting which will take place on 2 June 2016, at the Penta Hotel, Brussels city centre.

The aim of the meeting is to introduce RICHFIELDS to the stakeholder community and identify the  stakeholder’s needs on the scientific case and business case.

Speakers will present the background aims of RICHFIELDS and lead interactive breakout sessions to explore your needs and ideas to understand and better use consumer-generated data.

The Meeting will provide an ideal forum to learn about RICHFIELDS and make contact with researchers improving knowledge about healthy food choices.  This is an excellent opportunity to engage with a major EU-funded research initiative in the early phase of development.


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Conference Aim:  To provide an open forum that brings together researchers from various scientific communitites to present the latest research and discuss common themes and challenges to understanding the impacts of food bioactives in health


  • Latest evidence of the beneficial effects of food bioactives in humans
  • Bioavailability and metabolism
  • COST POSITIVe Session : Inter-individual variation in response to food bioactives
  • Mechanism of action
  • Functional foods and health claims
  • Bioactive intakes and exposure, novel sources

SPONSORSHIP : A number of sponsorship opportunities are available at the Conference, to find out more details please contact: dawn.rivett@ifr.ac.uk

Conference Website    REGISTRATION OPEN



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Glycobiotechnology 2016 : 4-5 April 2016, Manchester, United Kingdom

2-day event to showcase the success and achievements of the IB Carb network members, brining together academics and students working in the area of glycobiotechnology from across the UK.. Glycoscience is a recent and emerging field looking at the crucial roles that complex carbohydrates have in the development and life cycle of all organisms and […]

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Food Safety Centre Norwich attending IFST Spring Conference 2016

  Food Safety Centre Norwich will be attending and sponsoring the IFST Annual Spring Conference Food Sustainability – Waste Not Want Not.  Where we will have an exhibition stand where you can come and talk to the IFR Business Development Team.  Come to the Conference and hear from  Prof Keith Waldron, Head of the Biorefinery Centre, Institute of […]

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We are attending Food Matters Live 17-19 Nov 2015

Come and visit us on STAND RP57 in the Research Pavilion to hear about IFR Science in the areas of: Food and health Food composition databanks Food Safety Gut Health Hear from IFR Scientists at the conference: Prof Pete Wilde, Research leader, Food and Health Programme: Tues 17 Nov – 15:45-17:00 (Room 17) Seminar – […]

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