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Issue 5 2017


Food Brexit: More clarity needed

1 November 2017 | By

Back in 2002 the then US Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld was roundly mocked for his infamous “known unknowns and unknown unknowns speech.” Though most people could understand what Rumsfeld was trying to say, the public simply wasn’t ready for the way he said it. It turns out that the…

Country Profile: United Kingdom

31 October 2017 | By

This Country Profile explores the threats posed to UK food safety in the wake of Brexit, the rising instances of food fraud and the benefits of Industry 4.0 on the food and beverage sector.

Ingredients In-Depth Focus

30 October 2017 | By

This In-Depth Focus looks at the rise of sugar alternatives and their impact on the market. It also takes a closer look at what gluten-free really means and explores the world of superfoods; are the claims about them valid?

The Hunger Games

30 September 2017 | By

During the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN Headquarters in New York, José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), called for widespread improvements to the food industry, especially with regard to waste and the supply chain...

Applying external quality control in food testing labs

2 September 2017 | By

Quality control (QC) in food testing laboratories is often considered a necessary burden. A lot of time, money and effort goes into establishing QC mechanisms, especially for accreditation purposes. Mark Sykes, Scientific Advisor to Proficiency Testing at Fera Science, explains why the QC process should be normal, routine and have…

Super foods!

1 September 2017 | By

When the term ‘superfood’ was coined back in 1990 few could have envisioned how ubiquitous it would become. Fast forward 27 years and it seems every food outlet sells quinoa and kale as a staple ingredient of every dish, and every month some other food claims the title for itself.…

The great gluten confusion

1 September 2017 | By

The global gluten free market is expected to be worth over $8bn by 2020. The number of people diagnosed with a gluten intolerance or coeliac disease is rising rapidly and consumers are ever more eager to pursue healthier diets and lifestyles. Despite all this standards and accreditations around gluten remain…

The fall of white gold?

1 September 2017 | By

Over recent years, consumers have made clear their desire for healthier diets. Governments across the world are seeking to cut the amount of sugar found in foodstuffs and the general public has become much more aware of the health risks associated with sugar. Meanwhile, alternatives and substitutes have quietly chipped…