February 2006 

F&HN Brief – February 2006

Forthcoming Events

Allergy Cluster meeting on Thursday 6th April at Marks & Spencer's new offices located at Waterside House, Paddington. Presentation by Dr Judith Cornelisse, Wageningen University, “Communication issues in Food Allergy Management. It is more than just labelling!”.

The 2006 Calendar of Events for F&HN is available on the events section of the website, where you will also find an Event Registration Form. Completed forms should be Faxed back to Lesley Swift in order to reserve a place for each event you wish to attend.

Membership News

As you are aware, the fee for membership of additional Clusters has been replaced by a Meeting Attendance Fee of £50 (+VAT)/delegate. All members are eligible to attend any cluster event. We believe this better reflects the needs of the members who are increasingly looking to attend specific meetings rather than all meetings of one specific Cluster.

Non F&HN Members may attend Cluster Meetings, this cost will continue to be £250 (+VAT).

Open Days & BA Festival of Science

Norwich Research Park, September 2006

The Festival programme (2-9 September) is available from the end of March www.the-ba.net
Open Days (7-9 September) information is available from the end of March www.ifr.ac.uk/events

Three BA Festival programmes are planned - the main programme and the young people’s programme, hosted on Norwich Research Park, and the city programme at venues across Norwich and the surrounding areas. IFR is contributing to numerous activities, including an exhibition on the art and science of food decay being developed with the Norwich School of Art & Design for a city gallery, funded by a BBSRC public engagement award. You can combine a visit to the BA Festival with a tour of IFR.

Key note speaker confirmed

Bob Marsh, Managing Director of the Food Processing Faraday Partnership Ltd will give a presentation during IFR's Open day events on Thursday 7th September.

The Institute plans three Open Days - the first, on Thursday 7 September is primarily for our academic, business and media stakeholders. On Friday 8 there will be a number of student workshops, followed on Saturday 9 when our doors will be open for anyone who wants to visit. The theme for IFR Open Days is "Choosing, Eating, Living", representing IFR as a vital link in the food chain. The concept is that all IFR's research falls into the following categories:

  • Choosing - what influences our food choice, and how industry can provide us with safe nutritious food we want to eat
  • Eating - the digestion journey - gastrointestinal responses to what we eat
  • Living - beyond the gut wall - how food components impact on our long term health

    Making the News

Traffic Light Labelling Rejected

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has rejected traffic light labelling as ‘simplistic and potentially misleading to consumers’ in its response to the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) signposting consultation. FDF set out the industry’s views in a detailed paper to the FSA consultation.
More can be found at http://www.foodeast.com/news/newsarchive/news3193.asp

Associate Parliamentary Food & Health Forum

Minutes of the FHF Meeting on nutrient profiling held at the House of Commons on 7th February 2006. Presentations by Rosemary Hignett, Head of the Food Standards Agency's Nutrition Division - Nutrient profiling and Peter Scarborough, Researcher with the British Heart Foundation Health Promotion Research Group, University of Oxford - Validation of nutrient profile models.

Selected IFR Keynote Lectures

International-quality scientific lectures accessible to research students and non-specialists including presentations by Prof. Ben Mepham, Centre for Bioethics, University of Nottingham, Dr Marie-Laure Frelut, Paris V University and Michelle Corrado, MORI. Can be found at http://www.ifr.ac.uk/science/lectures/default.html

Science + Innovation

This new quarterly publication from IFR provides an overview of our leading science stories, knowledge transfer and innovation activities and replaces IFR News.
Science + Innovation issues available online, at: http://www.ifr.ac.uk/publications/. To receive regular print or electronic copy, contact Dawn Barrett

Next issue May 2006

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