Action needed to improve Scottish diet

A report produced by Leigh Sparks, Professor of Retail Studies, and Steve Burt, Professor of Retail Marketing, at Stirling University and commissioned by Food Standards Scotland, has examined how the retail food sector can be transformed to encourage shoppers to consume healthier products [6].

Fri, 25/08/2017 - 11:35

Containing norovirus

The FSA has published a report, ‘Food handlers and Norovirus transmission (FS101143)’, on research carried out by Ipsos MORI [5]. The study aimed to help stop the 'winter vomiting bug' norovirus from spreading by understanding and improving food handler behaviours.

A literature review identified five strategies for controlling norovirus:

1. Personal hygiene

2. Food handling

3. Washing and cooking food

4. Surface and uniform cleaning

5. Fitness to work

Fri, 25/08/2017 - 11:26

Agri-tech start-ups address real-world problems

Winners of Agri-Tech East’s 2017 GROW agri-tech business plan competition, aimed at stimulating entrepreneurship in the sector, were announced in June [4].

Farming Data

In sub-Saharan Africa, smallholder farmers grow 80% of the food produced. They primarily subsist on what they grow and sell surplus crops for income.

Thu, 24/08/2017 - 16:10

EU and China tackle food fraud together

The Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast will lead one of the world’s largest food safety projects across Europe and China [3].

The European Horizon 2020 programme and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) programme have awarded €10 million towards an EU-China partnership to improve food safety and tackle food fraud.

Thu, 24/08/2017 - 15:51
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