F&HN Brief – September 2005
For more information on F&HN events see the events
section of the website or contact Lesley
Nutrition Cluster Meeting – 15 September
The topic for the day is "Phytochemicals in Food".
details. To reserve your place contact Lesley
Knowledge Sharing Day - 8 November
Following on from last year’s popular event, we will be
holding another Knowledge-Sharing Day to allow IFR and industry
members to review activity and address future challenges.
Siân Astley will launch the new Nutrigenomics Cluster.
Programme details will be available shortly on the Events
Section of the website. To reserve your place contact Lesley
Allergy Cluster Meeting – 10 November
For further details please contact Lesley
From Nutrigenomics to Personalised Nutrition:
3rd International Nutrigenomics Conference
The European Nutrigenomics Organisation (NuGO) is hosting
a conference on Personalised Nutrition, the first with time
dedicated to both the science and societal issues, on 2nd-4th
November 2005 in Palma de Mallorca. www.nugo.org
Welcome to two new Members:-
F&HN Membership Fees
We have revised the F&HN Membership Fees
for the year 2005/06. As from 1 July 2005 F&HN Membership
fees (+VAT) will be:-
£600 for large businesses (>250
£400 for medium businesses (50-250
£200 for small businesses (<50
- In addition a Meeting Attendance Fee of £50 (+VAT)/delegate
is payable for each Cluster meeting attended
- Complimentary Membership will continue for organisations
sponsoring research at IFR in excess of £10K (in cash
or in kind) in the current financial year.
The above fees will provide 10 delegates from each member
organisation with the electronic newsletter (F&HN Brief)
and access to the F&HN Members' web site, where the minutes
of all meetings are posted, together with business/research
The fee for membership of Clusters will be replaced by a
Meeting Attendance Fee of £50 (+VAT)/delegate. All members
will be 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).
Recent changes to Cluster Structure
The Clusters will remain as the focal point of Network activity,
and continue to evolve according to members' needs/interests
and relevant IFR expertise. As such, we are pleased to announce
the following developments:
- The Waste Upgrade Cluster will be replaced
by the Co-Product Exploitation Cluster,
and we anticipate a considerable increase in activity in
this area as the EU Landfill Directive and UK Landfill Tax
come into force.
- The Barriers Cluster has moved from events
to research projects, with submissions to BBSRC Responsive
Mode and Defra LINK.
- After leading the Predicitive Microbiology and
Risk Analysis (PRIMA) Cluster for several years,
Tim Brocklehurst is passing the reins to József Baranyi.
Tim will continue to be an active member of the Cluster,
but will concentrate on F&HN Direct.
- Food and Nutrition will be replaced by
Food Structure & Nutrition. This Cluster
will be led by Pete Wilde, with Richard Faulks continuing
to have significant input. The Cluster will focus on the
role of food formulation and processing in improving nutritional
benefit without compromising palatability, stability and
- The Allergy Cluster is well-attended
and will continue to work to support members in understanding
and complying with the Food Labelling Directive.
- We are reviewing the remit of the Quality Throughout
Shelf-Life Cluster and will present our proposals
for discussion with the membership at the Knowledge Sharing
Day on 8 November.
- Sponsored by EEDA, the Pathway to Personalised
Nutrition Cluster is structured somewhat differencely
to the other Clusters. The events programme is being finalised,
and it is likely that the first meeting will be an academic
workshop in the Autumn, with a food industry scoping exercise
early next year.
- F&HN Direct was introduced last year
to facilitate closer relationships between individual member
companies and IFR. A small team of IFR specialists visit
a member company for frank discussions of areas of industrial
need and potential overlap with IFR expertise. A visit report
subsequently prepared by IFR highlights potential areas
for collaborative or contracted research. Non-IFR sources
of expertise will be highlighted where relevant. This report
then forms the basis for more detailed discussions, if appropriate.
The entire process is covered by a Confidentiality Agreement.
FSA Consultation on "Vegetarian"
The Food Standards Agency is seeking comments on its draft
guidance on the use of the terms ‘vegetarian’ and ‘vegan’
in food labelling. The aim of the draft guidance is to improve
clarity and consumer confidence in this area. More
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