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Company Database: Organizations related to Food Science
Journal Database: Journals related to Food Science and Technology
Material database: Reference materials for the food sector
Link Database: Legislation related to food
Link Database: Dietary exposure of humans
Link Database: Analytical methods for food analysis
Directory of scientists: Scientists interested in food
News related to Food
Agenda of Events: Events related to Food
Brief summary: Chemical speciation analysis for nutrition and food science


Cheese Market News
Online companion for weekly publication providing information on dairy and cheese industry issues.

Cheese Reporter
Dairy products market news.

FIS: Fish Information & Services
This web site is widely recognized as the standard for global seafood industry information on the Internet.

Fish Farmer
For all the latest industry news, markets and jobs in aquaculture

Food Central News
Online food news provided by CNN, comprehensive and informative site.

Just Food
just-food.com is the online news, insight and research portal for the food industry.

SeafoodSoure News is a FREE digital newsletter summarizing some of SeafoodSource’s top stories of the day.

TechnologyNetworks: Applied Sciences
Scientific and Business News related to Food & Beverage Analysis

The Guardian: Food Science
News related to food and nutrition.


EU Food Regulatory Affairs
A blog devoted to the regulation of food, food/dietary supplements, foods for particular nutritional purposes, foods for special medial purposes, etc. It concentrates on the promulgation and enforcement of 'food law' throughout the Member States of the European Union.

Food, Beverage & Nutrition Law Blog
The blog is published by the Food, Beverage & Nutrition Law Practice Group of the law firm of Arnstein & Lehr, LLP. 

Marler Blog
Proving commentary of food poisoning outbreaks & litigation

U.S. Food Policy blog
published by Parke Wilde, who teaches and writes about U.S. Food Policy at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.

Info Sites 

Consumers International: Food
CI is well placed to represent consumers with official status at the World Health Organisation and Codex Aliamentarius  (the international food standards body) and contact on the ground through our national member organisations.

Elsevier Reference Collection: Food Science
This online Reference Collection forms the definitive source for those entering, researching or teaching in any of the many disciplines making up this interdisciplinary area of study. This resource is designed to serve as an in depth and comprehensive compendium of Food sciences.

IFIS: Food and Healt Information
the home of IFIS Publishing on the web. Here you can learn about IFIS products and services and access FREE articles on many topics in food science, food technology and nutrition.

Food-Info site
The multilingual food-Info site provides background information about foods, food components, how foods are made (food production), food ingredients, E-numbers (additives and food safety

Food & Drink Federation
Food safety information from the UK Food and Drink Federation

Junkfood Science
Critical examinations of studies and news on food, weight, health and healthcare that mainstream media misses. Debunks popular myths, explains science and exposes fraud that affects your health. Plus some fun food for thought. For readers not afraid to question and think critically to get to the truth.

International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN)
The International Baby Food Action Network, IBFAN, consists of public interest groups working around the world to reduce infant and young child morbidity and mortality. IBFAN aims to improve the health and well-being of babies and young children, their mothers and their families through the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding and optimal infant feeding practices.

Quadram Institute
The Quadram Institute creates new interfaces between food science, gut biology, human health and disease, capitalising on the world-class bioscience cluster based on the Norwich Research Park.

FoodData Central is an integrated data system that provides expanded nutrient profile data and links to related agricultural and experimental research.

USDA Dietary Supplements
Information about dietary and nutritional supplements from both governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations

World Food Program (WFP)
As the United Nations frontline agency in the fight against hunger, WFP is continually responding to emergencies. We save lives by getting food to the hungry fast.

On these pages you will find Springer's books and eBooks in the area, serving researchers, professionals, lecturers and students.

This collection of books gives access to expert guidance on food safety, quality assurance, processing, brewing, regulations, and microbiology. This collection offers information on latest functional foods, antioxidants, foodborne pathogens, and packaging technologies. 

Food safety, consumer protection 

Our food safety, labeling, and nutrition experts provide practical advice on eating a healthy diet, bust nutrition myths, help you understand the claims and nutrition information on food labels, and weigh in on important food safety issues.

Consumers International: Food
CI is well placed to represent consumers with official status at the World Health Organisation and Codex Aliamentarius  (the international food standards body) and contact on the ground through our national member organisations.

Curmudgeon's Cookery
Anecdotes about food safety

European Food Information Council (EUFIC)
Your guide to food safety & quality and health & nutrition for a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.

European Food Safety Authority
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is the keystone of European Union (EU) risk assessment regarding food and feed safety. In close collaboration with national authorities and in open consultation with its stakeholders, EFSA provides independent scientific advice and clear communication on existing and emerging risks.

The Food Authenticity Network helps build more resilient global food supply chains as it curates information on food authenticity testing, food fraud prevention and food supply chain integrity on this open access website, which enables best practice information to be shared for the benefit of all stakeholders, helping to raise standards worldwide.

A single entry point to the Food Safety System in EU for researchers, authorities, business operators and citizens.

Food Insight
Food Insight is the information hub created and curated by nutrition and food safety experts at the International Food Information Council (IFIC).

Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA)
JECFA is an international expert scientific committee that is administered jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). It has been meeting since 1956, initially to evaluate the safety of food additives. Its work now also includes the evaluation of contaminants, naturally occurring toxicants and residues of veterinary drugs in food.

FAO/IAEA: Nuclear techniques in food and agriculture
The Food and Environmental Protection Section of the Joint Programme and its associated Agrochemicals Unit of the FAO/IAEA FAO/IAEA Agricultural and Biotechnology Laboratory in Seibersdorf provide assistance and support to countries in their efforts for the application of international standards on irradiation as well as on the use of nuclear and related analytical technologies and capacity building in the management of food and environmental hazards.

Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)
FSIS is the public health agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture responsible for ensuring that the nation's commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products is safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged.

Global forum on food security and nutrion
The Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum) is a community of practitioners currently reaching more than 3400 members from across the world’s five continents. Here you can interact and exchange knowledge on food security through online discussions. The Forum is facilitated by FAO's Agricultural Development Economics Division (ESA).

Iowa State University: Food Safety
The goal of the Food Safety Project is to develop educational materials that give the public the tools they need to minimize their risk of foodborne illness.

Lebensmittelwarnung.de (in German)
Die Bundesländer oder das BVL publizieren auf dieser Internetseite öffentliche Warnungen und Informationen im Sinne des § 40 des Lebensmittel- und Futtermittelgesetzbuches. In der Regel handelt es sich um Hinweise der zuständigen Behörden auf eine Information der Öffentlichkeit oder eine Rücknahme- oder Rückrufaktion durch den Lebensmittelunternehmer.

Warnungen und Rückrufe aus dem Lebensmittelbereich

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
The United Nations FAO leads international efforts to defeat hunger

United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Consumer protection agencies with the mission to promote and protect the public health by helping safe and effective products reach the market in a timely way.

World Organization for Animal Health: Animal Production Food Safety
In response to the demand from consumers worldwide for safe food, the OIE is working with relevant organisations to reduce food borne risks to human health due to hazards arising from animal production.

World Trade Organization: SPS Information Management System
a database of WTO information on Sanitay and Phytosanitary Measures (Notifications, concerns raised, other documents, enquiry points, etc)

Food analysis 

Association of Official Analytical Chemists (AOAC)
is a Research Infrastructure aimed to promote scientific excellence in the field of food quality and safety.
NIST: Special Publication 260-181 The ABCs of Using Standard Reference Materials in the Analysis of Foods and Dietary Supplements: A Practical Guide

Tutorials, Education

The Accidential Scientist: Science of cooking
Discover how a pinch of curiosity can improve your cooking! Explore recipes, activities, and Webcasts that will enhance your understanding of the science behind food and cooking

FDA: Education Resource Library
CFSAN Education Resource LibraryFDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) Education Resource Library is a compilation of printable educational materials on topics related to food safety, nutrition (including labeling and dietary supplements) and cosmetics.

Fight Bac: Food Safety Education
The Partnership for Food Safety Education is the leader in food safety education content for kids of all ages.

PartSelect: An Educator's Guide to Food Safety Material
Links to food safety lesson plans, activities, and media resources.  

PennState: Food Safety Lessons for Middle School Students
These lessons were designed to complement the Newspapers in Education (NIE) supplement called Food Safety: From Farm to Table. The supplement is available as a PDF on this Web site in two alternative formats for your use. The centerpiece of the supplement is also here as a single PDF for your use.  

Legislation, Standards 

Codex Alimentarius - FAO/WHO Food Standards
The Codex Alimentarius Commission, established by FAO and WHO in 1963 develops harmonised international food standards, guidelines and codes of practice to protect the health of the consumers and ensure fair trade practices in the food trade. The Commission also promotes coordination of all food standards work undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental organizations.

The General Food Law Regulation is the foundation of food and feed law. It sets out an overarching and coherent framework for the development of food and feed legislation both at Union and national levels. To this end, it lays down general principles, requirements and procedures that underpin decision making in matters of food and feed safety, covering all stages of food and feed production and distribution.

University of Reading: Food-Law
A searchable compilation of news and legislation related to food

Australian Lawyers and Consultants: FoodLegal
Information and news related to Australian food legislation

DATA, Databases on food ingredients, supplements, additives and contaminants 

The largest collection of allergens to date with more than 6000 entries. Unique ID numbers. User-friendly search engine

A highly specialized metabase for use in biological sciences over 41 databases. Main strengths: a common search engine and the option of converting ID numbers of entries from various databases.

Peptide database with 2609 entries. Main strength: simple and user-friendly database. Main weakness: the database contains fewer peptides than other reviewed resources. The search engine supports only the identification of identical fragments, but this option is only available for the shortest peptides, which are investigated mainly by food scientists. This database lists also about 135 allergens and their epitopes. The search engine supports the search for epitope locations in a sequence provided by the user. The search for fragments that are identical to epitopes is supported. The greatest weakness is a low number of entries (allergenic proteins), although the number of epitopes exceeds the number of bioactive peptides in the BIOPEP database of bioactive peptides.

Database on flavor and aroma enhancing compounds containg more than 1000 entries. The search engine supports search according to unique compound numbers given by the Chemical Abstract Service (CAS), database-specific ID numbers, text, and chemical structures.

With more than 6500 entries the most comprehensive resource for enzymology. Main weakness: no unique ID numbers for individual enzymes. An item defined according to IUBMB nomenclature may cover many enzymes from different species. The enzymes are not always characterized by identical specificity.

The database of Chemical Entities of Biological Interest with about 30,000 entries. Main strengths: comprehensive information about compound classification and similar compounds. Easy search based on compound structure. Weakness: sophisticated terminology.

ECsafeSEAFOOD Contaminants database
In this unique database, data on contaminants of emerging concern in seafood species are collated. The database focuses on unregulated contaminants that give rise to concern from an environmental and public health point of view. The contaminants in question include brominated flame retardants, endocrine disruptors, toxic element species, pharmaceuticals and personal care products, perfluorinated compounds, microplastics and marine biotoxins, amongst others.

EMBL Nucleotide Sequence Database
Database with ca. 264.1 million sequences. Main strength: the output includes not only nucleotide sequences, but also protein sequences, protein families, and references. User-friendly output format and graphics.

FNS-Cloud aims to develop an infrastructure and services to exploit food, nutrition and security data (data, knowledge, tools – resources) for a range of purposes, and integrate with the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).

Foodborne Illness Outbreak Database
This database provides summaries of significant food and water related outbreaks occuring since 1984

ca. 198.2 million sequences. Main strength: direct access to PubMed, the major reference database. Main weakness: the output format is less legible than the EMBL format.

Carbohydrates database with unknown number of entries. Main strength: user-friendly search and navigation. Search queries are performed based on structures and substructures. Specific tools for structure visualization are available. The text-based mining option is restricted to species names.

Immune Epitope Database
With more than 170,000 entries the largest collection of epitopes with applications in allergology and vaccinology. Entries are not classified according to the field of application—epitopes responsible for interactions with antibodies in allergies applied in immunochemical analyses versus epitopes used in vaccines. Only the first two categories are included in the area of food science. The search engine supports only the identification of sequences that have the same length or are longer than query sequences.

Chemical Safety Information from Intergovernmental Organizations giving rapid access to internationally peer reviewed information on chemicals commonly used throughout the world, which may also occur as contaminants in the environment and food.

JECFA Combined Compendium of Food Additive Specifications
This database provides the most recent specifications for food additives evaluated by JECFA. Each specification is in PDF format for online review or printing.

JECFA Specifications for Flavourings
This database provides the most recent specifications for flavourings evaluated by JECFA. Each specification is available for on-line review or printing.

JECFA: Residues of some veterinary drugs in foods and animals
This database contains the most recent information on maximum residue levels for veterinary drugs as recommended by JECFA. All monographs published in the FAO Food and Nutrition Papers 41 can be accessed in an electronic format. 

A database of more than 7000 lipids that accounts for the specific needs of biologists, food scientists, and nutritionists. The search engine does not support queries based on lipid structure, but compounds can be identified based on their bioactivity or metabolism.

Lipid database with more than 37,000 entries. Lipids are classified according to their chemical structure. The search engine supports direct queries based on chemical structure or structural fragment without translation into machine-readable language. Specific tools for structure visualization are available.

The database contains about 4000 enzymes including proteolytic enzymes. Main strength: unique system of enzyme annotation that is more accurate than standard IUBMB nomenclature.

A website with 178 entries (databases and programs). The Web site provides access to comprehensive databases with information about genes, proteins, low-molecular-weight compounds, and literature references. Educational materials are available via “Training and tutorials” and “NCBI Educational Resources” tabs.

One of two largest protein databases in the world, containing ca. 21.1 million sequences. . Main Strength: simplicity.

Peptide database containing 21,691 entries. Main strength: this most extensive database of biologically active peptides provides access to abstracts of PubMed references. Unique ID numbers are identical to abstract numbers in PubMed. The BLAST algorithm supports the search for peptides that are identical and similar to the query sequence, but the search for search peptides containing up to five amino acid residues is not supported.

Protein Data Bank
This is the only general database of experimentally determined protein structures with about 610,000 entries.

A database of miscellaneous compounds with ca. 144 million entries. A leading database of biological activity with user-friendly output. The old (machine-friendly) version of the program supports structure visualization.

Summary of Evaluations Performed by the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA)
This database provides references for all food chemicals which have been evaluated by JECFA since the first meeting in 1956. Maintenance of the database is the responsibility of the WHO JECFA Secretariat.

Database on flavor and aroma enhancing compounds containg more than 3000 entries. The search engine supports search according to unique compound numbers given by the Chemical Abstract Service (CAS) or the Cancer Chemotherapy National Service Center (NSC), text, and chemical structures.

Database on flavor and aroma enhancing compounds containg more than 350 entries. The search engine supports search according to unique compound numbers given by the Chemical Abstract Service (CAS) or the Cancer Chemotherapy National Service Center (NSC), text, and chemical structures.

One of two largest protein databases in the world, containing ca. 27.7 million sequences. Main Strength: the availability of extensive information in individual entries. Specific terminology is used in the database.

USDA Dietary Supplement Ingredient Database (DSID)
This database provides estimative levels of ingredients in dietary supplement products

last time modified: August 2, 2021


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