‘Imperative that we maintain quality’ says Scotland Rural College professor

Maintaining high levels of safety is essential when it comes to protecting Scotland’s world-famous brands of food and drink, the new leader of the Safe and Improved Food Challenge Centre at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) has said.

Nicola Holden, Professor in Food Safety at SRUC, will launch the new Challenge Centre at this month’s Science of Provenance webinar, which will highlight the crucial role of SRUC’s scientists and food and drink experts in supporting the provenance of quality Scottish food.

Professor Holden said: “The UK enjoys an excellent record of food safety but a lot of work goes on behind the scenes as we deal with new challenges presented by changes in food production, including intensification and the launch of novel food products.

“Things such as whisky and shellfish are hugely valuable to the Scottish economy, so it’s imperative that we maintain quality and focus on improved food production in order to protect the Scottish brand.”

Prof Holden will join other SRUC and SAC Consulting speakers to highlight the work SRUC undertakes in aquaculture, seafood, poultry and oilseed rape to protect provenance, and the webinar will explore how science is key to protecting and supporting the country’s food and drink industry, particularly in light of Brexit.

Organiser Ceri Ritchie from SAC Consulting, part of SRUC, said: “This event will demonstrate the importance of provenance to Scotland’s food and drink sector and will highlight the critically important research and extension work undertaken by Scotland’s main research providers.”

The Science of Provenance takes place on from 2pm-4pm on Wednesday 25 November. To sign up visit www.sruc.ac.uk/scienceofprovenance

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