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

Scientific Breakthrough Identifies Genuine Mānuka Honey
The Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association (UMFHA), the independent industry body for Mānuka honey, today announced that it has validated a number of unique signature compounds found only in genuine Mānuka honey. These findings are the result of over five years of scientific research with UK-based Fera Science and other international research contributors. Read more
Allergens on the rise: Fera launches new reference materials to support industry
Fapas, the proficiency testing arm of Fera Science Ltd, has launched a new range of allergen reference materials. The new materials will enable laboratories around the world to comprehensively evaluate and compare their methods and capabilities when testing food samples for allergens. Read more
Paul Brereton: Turning data into decisions in the agri-food industry.
Paul Brereton looks to share his knowledge on turning data into decisions in the agri-food industry. Read more
Consider Nematode Testing in Rotational Decisions
A seven-fold increase in soil samples testing positive for root-knot nematodes in cereals indicates that the pest may be more prevalent in the crop than previously thought, according to a leading expert at Fera. Read more
Insects no more risky than other proteins as animal feed
‘70% of consumers in the ProteInsect second survey said it was acceptable to feed insect protein to farmed animals’ - That’s the preliminary conclusion of PROteINSECT, three-year study of whether feed based on fly larvae could help mitigate environmental problems caused by the rapidly growing global demand for meat and fish. Read more
The Largest in the UK ‘Mass Spec’ suite uses  Ground Breaking ‘Fingerprint’ Technique
Fera became the first company in the UK to bring the ‘fingerprinting’ or full chemical profile technique to the food sampling arena, really challenging some of the issues being currently faced by the industry with regards to food fraud and authenticity. Read more
Evidence on the pollinator costs and farming benefits of neonicotinoid pesticides
Farmers who use neonicotinoid seed coatings subsequently use less insecticide to control pests on oilseed rape, according to new research published by Nature. But the study also demonstrated that more honey bee colonies were lost as the usage of imidacloprid, a first generation neonicotinoid, increased. Read more
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. Read more
Fera Science key research partnership with UMF
We play an integral role within the UMF®, providing high calibre testing to ensure the high quality of Manuka honey. Read more
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. Read more