Food safety & security

Ensuring that global food production is secure remains a constant challenge, which is increasingly threatened by factors such as climate change and an expanding global population. Applied microbiologists play a key role in many aspects of food security, through identifying and mitigating food safety risks and supporting agriculture & aquaculture by tackling animal, fish and plant diseases. Microbiology is also fundamental for the production of foods such as chesse, wine and bread and other dietary additions for instance probiotics and neutraceuticals. Microbiology research will continue to be of importance to food security through new discoveries in areas including antimicrobial resistance (AMR), microbiomes and new food sources.


In 2018, the Society embarked on a science policy project on the Future of Food Safety. Covering topics such as Brexit, new agricultural techniques and food processing, this project aims to highlight microbiological food safety as a key component of food security.


09 Jul 2019

Science policy report: Food safety and food manufacturing and processing

This briefing focuses on recent and upcoming developments in food processing, food manufacture and the wider food supply chain, which will have an impact on risks related to harmful microorganisms (such as bacteria and viruses) and their toxins in foods.

Food Microbiology 

15 Nov 2018

Science policy report: Food safety after Brexit

Food safety and security has emerged as an increasing concern throughout the Brexit negotiation period. This report covers an expert roundtable discussion held by SfAM in July 2018.

Food Microbiology