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Science solutions for a changing world

Our overarching purpose is to support and develop a sustainable food chain, a healthy natural environment, and to protect the global community from biological and chemical risks.

NEW - Gelatine Speciation Service

Revolutionary approach to detect minute differences in the amino acid sequence of the gelatine protein

NEW Polyphosphates Analysis

Detect 'added' phosphates in prawns, distinguishing between naturally occurring & added phosphates levels


New Fapas Website

More information on individual tests to reference materials that can all be ordered in one simple transaction


Pest Monitoring Puts You Back in Control

Tools to give growers detailed information on aphids & cabbage stem flea beetle in oilseed rape (OSR)

Latest News

Queen’s University Belfast to Lead EU-China Collaboration to Tackle Food Fraud

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. The European Horizon 2020 programme and 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.

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16 June 2017

Recalls on famous chocolate brands in UK over salmonella fears

A global confectionery giant has confirmed that it is recalling some of its most popular chocolate products, due to potential presence of bacteria - citing the risk of Salmonella. The products affected have a ‘best-before’ date of either 6 May 2018 or 13 May 2018. Consumers are being warned not to eat the confectionery due to fears they may carry the potentially deadly bacteria. Apparently through their routine testing programme this issue was highlighted that detected the potential presence of salmonella from the ingredients used to make the chocolate.

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12 June 2017

New test can find amount of 'added' phosphates in prawns

In the seafood industry to reduce thaw drip, improve texture and appearance of fish fillets synthetic polyphosphates have been used in frozen produce. More worryingly though, soaking in polyphosphate increases the update of water adding weight to produce and potentially increasing the cost of the goods. Whilst this practice is permitted declaration of the food additive is required.

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07 June 2017

Illegal Levels of Arsenic found in Baby Foods

In January 2016, the EU imposed a maximum limit of inorganic arsenic on manufacturers in a bid to mitigate associated health risks. Researchers* have found that little has changed since this law was passed and that 50 per cent of baby rice food products still contain an illegal level of inorganic arsenic (maximum residue limit is 0.10 for rice destined for the production of food for infants and young children).

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18 May 2017