About us

What is Food Safety Watch?

Food Safety Watch is an independent online resource and exists to provide information for anyone with an interest in the safety of the food we eat. Visitors can access news and comment and a collection of carefully researched articles and fact-sheets on a broad range of key topics, including foodborne pathogens (Salmonella, Listeria and E. coli), biological toxins (mycotoxins and seafood toxins), chemical contaminants (acrylamide and Bisphenol A), HACCP and food safety management, food hygiene, food preservation and food safety research.

Editorial Policy

We aim to supply accurate information on scientific and technical topics relevant to the safety of the food supply. Everything on our site is carefully researched and checked before publication and we will always provide links to original sources, or literature references, where possible.

We encourage visitors to our site to comment on our content and make suggestions for topics that we might cover in the future.

(Disclaimer: The material presented on this site is compiled, prepared and posted after the exercise of every possible care. However, we can accept no liability whatsoever in connection with its application and use. See our Terms and Conditions for more details)

The site is funded entirely from our own resources at present and we receive no financial support from industry or government. If you would like to help us maintain Food Safety Watch we would be delighted to hear from you.

Our Editor

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My name is Richard Lawley (BSc, MIFST, CBIOL, MSB) and I am a food microbiologist with more than 30 years experience. I worked for many years in the food industry and I have also lectured in food microbiology and food science at London Metropolitan University. From 1997 until 2006 I worked for Leatherhead Food Research, a leading information provider and consultancy, as a Senior Scientific Adviser specialising in food safety. I have authored and edited several books on food microbiology and I am the lead author of The Food Safety Hazard Guidebook, a second edition of which is published by the Royal Society of Chemistry (Click here for more details). I am now a full time freelance science writer specialising in the food industry and I have written many feature articles for trade journals and for online publications. Editing Food Safety Watch reflects my strong commitment to improving the safety of the food we all eat.