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.
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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