IFR News Blog

Find all the latest news and views from the Institute of Food Research. IFR aims to be an international leader in research that addresses the fundamental relationships between food and health, food and the gut and the sustainability of the food chain in order to further the production of safe, healthy foods.



Updated food composition reference book published

‘McCance & Widdowson’s The Composition of Foods’ contains nutritional information on almost 1200 items, providing the most recent data on the foods currently eaten in the UK diet. “This is a major update and release of one of the most used and cited reference works, which dates back to the 1st edition published in 1940. […]

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New insights into botulism toxin

A recent study from the Institute of Food Research has uncovered new information about the genes Clostridium botulinum uses to produce its deadly toxin. An analysis of closely related strains of one particular type of C. botulinum showed that the toxin genes are carried exclusively on plasmids, and the plasmids were linked to the geographical […]

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New technology to help combat food fraud

The Institute of Food Research (IFR), working with Oxford Instruments, has developed a new, rapid testing regime based upon benchtop NMR that can distinguish between different species of animal, based on fatty acids extracted from cuts of meat. This machine provides a fast and relative low cost solution to identify meat fraud and can easily […]

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The Orange Juice and Cardiovascular Disease Study

We need your help on the Orange Juice and Cardiovascular Disease Study Over 2 million people are affected by heart disease in the UK each year. Diet and lifestyle choices are major factors in deciding how likely we are to develop a problem. There is evidence that eating 5 portions of fruit & veg each day reduces […]

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Machine learning advances help to tackle cancer

A new technique has been developed at the Institute of Food Research, which is helping to understand how epigenetic marks relate to the risk of developing cancer. Epigenetic marks are changes to our genome, that don’t alter the genes themselves but affect whether they are turned on or off. They have been associated with increased […]

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