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Fera regularly share news and insight around a range of subjects across the agri-food chain.

If you are a potato grower – we need your help.
Fera and CHAP are pleased to announce that CropMonitor will be launching a new pest and disease risk forecasting service for potatoes in May. We are looking for volunteers to be part of a network of surveillance to report appearance of first symptoms in crops. Data will be collected from registered users via a mobile phone during the decision period for potato blight disease management. All data will be plotted in real-time on a map of the UK. Read more
EU vote in favour of tighter controls on Acrylamide presence in food
As of the 11th April 2018 Regulation (EU) 2017/2158 came into force which outlines that food business operators must work to tighter controls for determining the level of acrylamide in foodstuffs and in accordance with the requirements set out in Annex III. Read more
Perfect score for Fera in 2018 Environmental DNA Proficiency Test
Proficiency testing is an essential part of laboratory quality procedure, designed to provide evidence of the robustness of the testing to ensure that excellent quality service is delivered to customers. Our quality assurance and experience make us the partner of choice for ecologists needing accurate and timely results. Read more
Fera launches the world’s most extensive wine proficiency testing programme
Fera Science has launched the world’s most thorough wine proficiency testing scheme, meeting industry demands for a solution that will help ensure consistency of wine production year-on-year. Read more
Feed the birds? Scientists highlight risks of disease at garden bird feeders
Collaborative ZSL/BTO study stresses ongoing importance of feeding while investigating evolving threats to wild birds. Read more
A recent study as reported by HorizonScan has found an alarming high number of heavy metals & BPA in protein powders
Protein powder was once a niche product, reserved for the larders of hardcore weight lifters. Not anymore. Today the benefits of protein are widely acknowledged—there's even Weetabix Protein—and the sports supplement industry in Britain is now worth £650 million a year. Read more
The horse meat scandal five years on – what’s changed
The horse meat scandal affected countries across Europe, sparked public outrage, resulted in a series of product recalls and exposed significant flaws in Europe’s food supply chain. Regulators and industry took action and there’s now a stricter food testing regime across Europe and many initiatives are underway to ensure this sort of incident doesn’t reoccur. Read more
Dr Julian Smith joins the Symposium on Agritech, Aquaculture and Food Safety as a keynote speaker on Gulf Science and Innovation Partnerships
Food security is a topic of global concern and is of specific importance to Gulf countries due to rapid population growth and constraints to local food production caused by a harsh climate and limited water supply. Read more
Fera and CHAP take the lead in agri-food sustainability and productivity says key MPs
Three members of the EFRA (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) Select Committee spent a day at National Agri-Food Innovation Campus (NAFIC) near York to see the very latest science and technology being developed to support sustainable intensification of farming to increase the UK’s food security and competitiveness in international agri-food export markets. Read more
Pyrethroid resistance in willow-carrot aphid
A sample of willow-carrot aphids collected from Cow Parsley in North Yorkshire by Larissa Collins in May 2014 have been found to be resistant to lambda-cyhalothrin by Steve Foster (Rothamsted Research), while screening aphid samples for an AHDB funded project. Read more

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