INDUSTRY

Acrylamide in Food - Regulatory and Industry Update

New regulations concerning the levels of acrylamide in foods and drinks were published on 20th November 2017. Some 15 years after the occurrence of acrylamide in cooked foods was first reported, the University of Reading hosted a symposium on 16th November run by the RSC (Royal Society of...

Sustainable intensification means increasing efficiency through higher yields - right?

Since the latest report produced by Food Climate Research Network (FCRN) has been selectively interpreted in Guardian columnist George Monbiot’s unsympathetic assessment of livestock production systems, we would like to present an alternative, more nuanced view. Papers by Capper et al. have shown...

The view over the farm gate, Brexit and beyond – where next for the UK?

With leading industry and policy makers’ opinions from a conference spanning the farming and food manufacturing community, briefings around the country from AHDB and with the Reform Bill (European Union (Withdrawal) Bill) looming, the AFTP are taking the opportunity to provide an assessment of...

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...

Our partners

Our funder