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

Not all plants are food
When consumers are asked about contaminant risks in food, the usual concerns focus on microbes, pesticides or heavy metals such as lead. Plant toxins would probably not feature. After all, plant products are natural, so they must be healthy, right? Read more
New endocrine-disruptor regulations put aquatic testing at the top of the agenda
In 2019, new regulations relating to endocrine-disrupting chemicals in Europe were introduced; that require plant protection products and biocides to be assessed for endocrine activity. Read more
Fera's experts create a buzz for Scottish honey
A Scottish honey is set to take on its global rivals after being revealed as a world-leading superfood in a recent scientific study. The Scottish Bee Company’s heather honey contains up to 10 times more of the essential micronutrient, manganese, compared to 200 of its global rivals. This unique Scottish honey is also amongst the world’s top manganese containing food products. Read more
Climate Smart Protein
"High protein” is increasingly being used globally to market an expanding range of products, such as smoothies and snack bars. But what really is protein and is it all the same? Read more
National Food Strategy
The UK awaits the independent review from Henry Dimbleby which will direct the National Food Strategy. The Strategy will address food integrity (= safety and security) whilst reducing environmental impact. Read more
Another perfectly scored set of eDNA results for Fera Science in the 2020 environmental DNA proficiency test
Since the environmental DNA proficiency test scheme was introduced in 2017, Fera have participated in each of the rounds and this year scored another perfect result. All 10 blind samples, which included positive, negative and inhibited results, were correctly identified. Read more
Making mesocosm studies fit for the future of pesticide testing
Regulations for testing the impacts of pesticides, insecticides and other chemical compounds on the environment are becoming increasingly stringent. Read more
FSA Set Official Deadline for CBD Products to submit Valid Novel Food Authorisation Applications
Announcing today on BBC Breakfast, Emily Miles, Chief Executive of the Food Standards Agency (FSA), is making it clear to industry that any CBD product producers who wish to sell their products in the UK ‘has a deadline of 31 March 2021 to submit valid novel food authorisation applications'. Read more
Fapas Helps the Baby Food Council
Fera Science Limited’s proficiency testing group, Fapas® is making a significant contribution to help the Baby Food Council. Read more
Testing time for aquatic risk assessments
The challenges for aquatic risk assessments over the next decade. As we enter a new decade, it’s a time for reflection and for planning ahead. The world of environmental risk assessments is undergoing a period of unprecedented flux, as new, more stringent regulations reshape the landscape for aquatic ecotoxicity testing. Read more

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