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Lifelong learning is the key to a successful agrifood sector

FUTURE OF FOOD - The agrifood industry is facing a series of challenges due to climate change, population movement and economic uncertainty. So what developments are bringing about change?  The food and drink industry is enormously important to the UK economy: it contributes £28.2 billion a year,...

Egg contamination: 'No-one needs to be worried'

700,000 contaminated eggs imported into the UK but ‘No-one needs to be worried’ – states Heather Hancock - Chair of the Food Standards Agency Trust in the integrity of the food supply chain is once again top of the news agenda as the Fipronil in eggs story hits the headlines. Heather Hancock was...

Playing Chicken with Food Safety

The news last week was awash with chlorine-soaked worry about potential changes to UK food safety standards. This particular story comes from fears that the UK may need to revise its laws and regulations in order to gain trade deals with non-EU countries after Brexit – in this case chicken from the...

Coco-nuts? The Rise and Fall of a Superfood

Hello everyone, I’m Craig, the newest member of the AFTP family. It’s only been a few weeks since I was kidnapped by scientists enthusiastically joined the University of Reading, and it was with some trepidation that I was asked to take a look at the backlash against the newest ‘superfood’ –...

“Cold?” “Mais, non, c’est comme d’habitutde”

Once again I have spent a good chunk of the last few months working away from the UK in the south of France and, in all that time, I reckon we have seen rain once. There have been some devastating forest fires near where I live and my department of Hérault is officially on a fire alert status of...

Not sweet enough? Sugar vs Sweetner

Earlier on this week I was having a coffee or several with my friend and colleague Lisa Methven, Associate Professor in food and sensory science and director of the Sensory Science Centre here at the University of Reading. We were reviewing a previous AFTP module, Diet Quality & Health that had...

Road to Rio

Reading the press coverage of the preparations for the Olympic games in Rio over the last week or so I suppose it is to be expected that the focus is on the sensationalistic bad news stories (the Zika virus, doping scandals, security issues, infrastructure not being ready to name but a few), rather...

Can we have our cake and eat it?

Exercising my right to vote is something I feel very strongly about. People died so that ordinary women and men (yes, men too) like me could vote. In some countries it is illegal not to but here in the UK we still rely on people’s willingness to make a difference and a desire to have their voices...

A ‘sugar tax’ on soft drinks brought a less-than-enthusiastic reaction from my dining companions this evening.

George Osborne’s announcement today that he plans to impose a ‘sugar tax’ on soft drinks brought a less-than-enthusiastic reaction from my dining companions this evening. We were a disparate group, united by a passion for riding horses, and – myself excepted – with no professional connection to the...

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