FDNC Newsletter: Issue 8 - Christmas 2016
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Welcome to the Christmas Food Databanks National Capability (FDNC) Newsletter.
Updating you with news from our group based at the 
Institute of Food Research
, Norwich, UK
Merry Christmas from Food Databanks
We have had another productive year working on improving food composition data used to underpin diet and health research in the UK and Internationally, here are a few highlights . . .
A few examples of some of the training events, workshops and conferences we were part of this year:
Best practice in health claims – BACCHUS Workshop – June 2016
EuroFIR hosted the Best Practice in Health Claims workshop which was a real success. FDNC team member Jenny Plumb delivered a talk entitled “eBASIS: Database on bioactive composition and beneficial bio-effects ”. The workshop was attended by an international audience comprising of industry experts, SMEs and members of the public.
Food Bioactives and Health Conference, September 2016
The Institute of Food Research organised a major international conference exploring the challenges and opportunities of demonstrating health benefits from bioactives. Researchers from across the global scientific community came together in Norwich to present their latest research findings in this area and discuss common themes at this successful conference.

Paul Finglas and Robert Tickner were part of the organising committee and Jenny Plumb and Hannah Pinchen were authors involved in four posters presented at the event. Jenny won a Royal Society of Chemistry, Food and Function prize for her poster detailing updates of the eBASIS database. 

One theme of the conference was how different individuals vary in their response to bioactive compounds taking into account individuals' genetic differences and also their own gut microbiome. Norwich is set to become a world-leader in research in this area, with the development of the Quadram Institute (see more later on in this newsletter), bringing together food scientists and gut biologists to work at the forefront of the food, gut and health area.

Food Labelling Training Courses 2016
FDNC are currently touring the UK carrying out Food Labelling training courses for Trading Standards Officers, covering the understanding of the new front and back of pack food nutrition label requirements. The course includes issues around compliance, nutrition claims and the science behind creating nutrition composition tables and how these tables are used in calculating nutrition labels. The training has already been delivered to over 350 people around the UK who have been a mixture of Trading Standards Officers, Environmental Offices and food producer SMEs.

If you would like more information about nutritional labelling please go to our dedicated website or email us at .

World Health Organization Conference – Rabat, Morocco September 2016
Paul Finglas and Mark Roe were invited experts at the “Regional Meeting to standardize and update food composition tables, reflecting sugar, TFA, SFA, and salt contents” in Rabat Morocco in September. The objectives of the meeting were to;
• Review the current regional food composition tables and identify the gaps in data and information
• Sensitize the regional key partners including academia on the international standards for food composition tables including data and information needed to fill the gaps.
• Agree on a standard model to be used by the concerned institutions and academia which is needed for assessment of dietary intake of various age groups; and serve food labelling and safety
Updates from some of our European Projects:
This year has seen the end of our EC FP7 BACCHUS project co-coordinated by Paul Finglas and Paul Kroon from the IFR Food & Health programme; the main objective of BACCHUS was development of tools and resources that facilitate the generation of robust and exploitable scientific evidence that can be used to support claims of a cause and effect relationship between consumption of bioactive peptides and polyphenols, and beneficial physiological effects related to cardiovascular health in humans. Please do visit the website for all the results and tools produced via the project.

This year we have also had to say goodbye to our colleague Robert Tickner who worked as Project Manager on the BACCHUS project. It was a pleasure working with Robert and we wish him all the best for the future.

For REFRESH we are currently compiling composition data from literature and other databases on industry food waste, based on important food waste streams (e.g. oil press cakes, grape seeds, fish filleting residue, apple pomace, cheese whey). The new database will be freely available and will help inform industry what’s in food waste, which they can then use to identify market opportunities to utilise the waste.
The Quadram Institute
FDNC are excited to be part of the planning to move into the new Institute. QI will integrate research teams from the IFR, the University of East Anglia and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital's regional endoscopy centre, working under one roof to develop solutions to worldwide challenges in food-related disease and human health. Construction of the building is continuing to schedule. By the end of January the majority of the outer framework will be completed, with the focus moving to the internal fitting out, ahead of an anticipated move in 2018. Ahead of the move, the Institute of Food Research will assume a new status as the Quadram Institute on April 28th 2017.

Nutritional Information Solutions
FDNC’s commercial venture Nutritional Information Solutions has launched its new nutritional software, allowing food manufacturers to have a one stop shop for food product labelling. The new venture jointly branded as NIS Nutritics, offers calculation software where users calculate their own nutritional information but also QUID, allergens, costings and vitamin and mineral information, just by entering their recipe details. Customers can still use the ‘we do it for you service’ or even a hybrid of the two, making the customer solution unique in the UK. Plans are being made to roll out the solution throughout Europe during the latter part of 2017. Check out the new services at
Merry Christmas from Food Databanks and a Happy New year
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