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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New 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

Meet FHN at Food Matters Live 18-20 November, Excel London

FHN are exhibiting at this new event and would be happy to meet you at our Stand No: RP5 in the Research Pavillion.  If you would like to arrange a meeting with us at the event, please contact FHN.Info@ifr.ac.uk or just come and see us at our stand.


This new event combines an exhibition, including free-to-attend conferences, seminars and practical demonstrations.  Bringing together over 450 speakers, 200 exhibitors and thousands of visitors from across the food & health sectors, offering 3 days of networking, debate and cross-sector collaboration.  For more information visit: www.foodmatterslive.com

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IFR – PhD Studentship Opportunities

Applications now open for 4 year PhD studentships at the Institute of Food Research, to start in October 2015.

These studentships, funded through the Norwich Research Park Doctoral Training Partnership, form an integral part of our research that addresses the fundamental relationships between food and health, food and the gut and the sustainability of the food chain in order to further the production of safe, healthy foods.

Projects being offered cover the whole range of IFR’s current research. There are opportunities that involve tackling foodborne pathogens, making food and diets healthier, improving sustainability in the food chain and understanding what makes a healthy gut.

For more information please see http://www.ifr.ac.uk/jobs/2014/10/phd-studentships/  Studentships website – http://students.ifr.ac.uk/

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Food Manufacturer : Food Safety Conference 2014

The Food Safety Centre, Norwich will be sponsoring the Food Manufacture 2014 Food Safety conference on 15th October.

food_safety_conf_2014_150pxThe 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 FHN Stand, meet some of the FHN team and learn more about this new initiative from IFR .More information: www.foodmanevents.co.uk

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Total Food 2014

Total Food 2014

FHN will be sponsoring and attending Total Food 2014 (11-13 November) which is the fourth in a series of conferences focused on the sustainable exploitation of agri-food co-products and related biomass, thereby helping to minimise waste. For further details and to register for Total Food 2014, visit: www.ifr.ac.uk/totalfood2014

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Meet us at NutraFormulate

18-19 March 2014: FHN attended the NutraFormulate event “Food for Thought” at the NMM, Birmingham. Talks included two speakers from IFR: Prof Peter Wilde on “Enhancing the consumer perception of reduced fat foods thorugh interfacial design and rheological behaviour” and Dr Paul Kroon on “cardiovascular benfits of dietary polyphenols: From basic research to health claims”. For […]

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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. See IFR website for further details

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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 […]

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