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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

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:FML-2015

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 –  “Practical lessons learned: sharing best practice in sugar, salt and fat reduction”.
  • Wed 18 Nov – 12:15-13:45 (Room 16) Seminar –  “Innovations in science advancing food and beverage development”

Dr Maria Traka, Senior Scientist, Food & Health Programme:

  • Wed 18 Nov – 14:00-16:15 Seminar – “Exploiting natural diversity – the development of Beneforte broccoli”

Dr Paul Kroon, Research Leader, Food & Health Programme:

  • Wed 18 Nov – 15:45-17:00 (Room 16) -Seminar – “Analysing the latest science shaping the future of cardiovascular nutrition”

Dr Anthony Ash, Senior Scientist:

  • Thurs 19 Nov – 14:45-16:00 (Room 17) – Seminar – “What’s next for sugar, salt and fat reduction: new science and reformulation driving innovation”


Mike Peters, Business Development Manager for our new business support unit Nutritional Information Solutions (NIS), will also be on STAND RP57. NISNIS is supporting businesses with producing the nutrient information required on food labelling from December 2016.  NIS offer an inexpensive calculation alternative using datasets as opposed to more expensive laboratory compositional analysis.

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IFR Postgraduate Student Fair – 18 Nov 2015

Institute of Food Research  Postgraduate Student Fair : 10:30 a.m. – 15:30  – WED 18 November 2015

IFR currently has a number of PhD studentships available, to start in October 2016, including 15 through the Norwich Reseifr_1arch park Doctoral Training Partnership.

These studentships are an excellent opportunity to start your career working with leading scientists, in one of Europe’s leading centres for research into food, health and the environment.

PhD Studentships are multidisciplinary, and you will become part of a community of 3,000 scientists across 5 world-class institutes, including one of the UK’s largest teaching and research hospitals and the University of East Anglia, a global top 1% university. Projects include opportunities for internships and a professional development programme.

To help prospective students find out more about IFR, the projects, and the wider Norwich Research park, IFR is holding a Postgraduate Student Fair. This will be a chance to meet current PhD students, and also talk to prospective supervisors. You will also get the chance to hear about how the DTP studentships provide an excellent start to your career, and how we support our students to get the most from their PhD studies. You can also tour the facilities and find out about the exciting future for food and health research ion Norwich, and how your studentship here wil be a aprt of that.

If you’re interested in coming to the IFR Postgraduate Student Fair, please email dawn.rivett@nbi.ac.uk to reserve your place.

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IFR Public Lecture : 29 September 2015, OPEN Norwich

“Would you like food poisoning with that?” – Dr Arnoud van Vliet,  Gut Health and Food Safety Research Programme, Institute of Food Research FFC-IFR Logos

Tuesday 29th September, 2015 OPEN Norwich, 20 Bank Plain, Norwich 18:30 for 19:00 lecture

Attendance is FREE but places must be reserved by 25th September Telephone 01603 251 457 Email dawn.rivett@nbi.ac.uk

It’s not a side order anyone would choose in a restaurant, or serve up at home, and yet more than half a million of us get food poisoning Arnoud-van-Vliet_face

every year.  Some of the culprits, like Salmonella and E. coli, are notorious, whilst others, such as Campylobacter, may be less familiar, but present in three quarters of supermarket chickens.  Botulism, thankfully, is very rare, as the bacteria behind it produce the deadliest toxin known. Despite these threats, our food is remarkably safe, thanks to science and the study of the food poisoning bacteria.  But clearly there is more to be done, and in this free public talk, Dr Arnoud van Vliet will discuss w science is helping make our food supply even safer, and how we as consumers can serve up safe, delicious food – without a nasty side order. Dr Arnoud van Vliet has been a research leader in Food Safety at the Institute of Food Research since 2007.  His research focuses on how foodborne bacterial pathogens have become so good at what they do, and how these bacteria can survive in the food chain, focusing on two important troublemakers: Campylobacter and Listeria.


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Westminster Food and Nutrition Forum : Seminar 10 December 2015

Senior-level keynote seminar : 10th December 2015 – ‘Policy on high fat, sugar and salt foods – next steps for reformulation, marketing and regulation’ Find out more: Policy on high fat, sugar and salt foods – next steps for reformulation, marketing and regulation Thursday, 10th December 2015 Central London This event is CPD Certified http://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/forums/event.php?eid=1142&t=13210 Guest of […]

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POSITIVe COST action – first newsletter

POSITIVe COST action – first newsletter

The POSITIVe COST action has just published their first newsletter. The aim of the project is to build an open European scientific network to tackle the question of the inter-individual variation in response to plant food bioactives consumption. Identify the main determinants of the inter-individual variation Define strategies to stratify populations into sub-groups Identify knowledge […]

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Cartoon representation of Ruminoccocus gnavus intramolecular trans-sialidase, 3-dimensional structure.  Catalytic shown in green and inserted domain in red.  The trans-glycosylation product of the reaction, 2,7-anhydro-Neu5Ac, is shown bound into the active site.

New study reveals unusual enzyme activity of gut bacteria

In an exciting new study published yesterday in the journal Nature Communications GHFS Research Leader Dr Nathalie Juge and her team have revealed an unusual enzymatic activity in gut bacteria Ruminococcus gnavus. Below Nathalie blogs about the study, and how it could ultimately offer insights beyond correlations between Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and changes in […]

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Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) image of Salmonella (Image: Kathryn Cross, IFR)

Synchronising Salmonella’s infection strategy

Research on improving food safety is an integral part of the GHFS Programme, a strategic programme funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium (S. Typhimurium) is a major pathogen of animals and man in both industrial and developing nations. Part of what makes this pathogen so successful is its […]

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