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

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

IBCarb-logo2-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 how understanding the structures and functions of these important molecules can lead to new applications in medicine and healthcare, energy production and more.

 Activities will include:

  • Keynote talks from world-leading international researchers
  • Updates on IBCarb funded academia-industry projects
  • Industry and technology expert profile talks from a range of sectors
  • Opportunities for networking and consortia building

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Food Safety Centre Norwich attending IFST Spring Conference 2016

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Trusted Resource for IFST


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 Food Research, who will be giving a talk entitled “Food chain wastes to fuels and chemicals”. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 – 09:00 to 17:00IFST-logo
The National Motorcycle Museum, West Midlands.

IFST’s 2016 Spring Conference will bring together leading experts and thought leaders to explore the latest science and technology solutions and how these can change the way we produce, process, transport and consume our food and drink.

‘Waste not, want not’ are two of the most important tenets of sustainability – ensuring we minimise the use of resources such as land, water, energy and finished product – but also ensuring that there is sufficient food and drink to ensure no-one goes hungry. http://www.ifst.org/events/ifst-spring-conference-2016-food-sustainability-waste-not-want-not

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ButCoIns Project Partners Present Results : Agro Food Park, Aarhus, Denmark,

Aarhus Univ LogoResults from the project ButCoIns will be presented at an open seminar. Food companies, clinical dietitians and other health professionals are invited.

Date Wed 02 Mar
Time 08:00 17:00
Location Meeting room 8, Agro Food Park 13, 8200 Aarhus N


Butyrate is a short-chain fatty acid deriving from the fermentation of dietary fibre by the colonic microflora. Butyrate is believed to play a particularly important role in maintaining colonic health and function and has been linked to metabolic health parameters such as insulin sensitivity and glucose homeostasis.

In the ButCoIns project, funded by the Danish Strategic Research Council (now Innovation Fund Denmark), partners have studied various concepts to enhance butyrate production in the large intestine, in order to improve colonic and metabolic health.

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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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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 Research park Doctoral Training Partnership. These studentships are an excellent opportunity to start your career working with leading scientists, in one […]

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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  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 […]

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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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