Blog page by Megan Owen
Why is our subject always under threat – when will someone recognise its value!!
Details of the draft exam proposals – really interesting!
Latest news from SACN on sugar intake and its problems.
What you say and what you need for teaching – and we will try and action.
My tribute to the great lady who played such a large part in my food teaching.
Important work to be done in understanding how much we should eat.
This vitamin is more important than I realised!
Research books I’m using to write my book Food Science that you can eat
What the exam boards – OCR, AQA, WJEC are proposing
Update on new food teaching qualifications for teaching 2016 to replace Food Technology, Catering and Food and Nutrition.
Review postponed but Food Tech will be discontinued after the award 2017.
One or more fruit and veg each day, water, milk, 3 different fruit and veg, fruit juice limit 150ml, no more than 2 portions deep fried food a week.
Do you know the 14 allergens that must be listed for recipes served by caterers – new rules December 13th 2014
Use our Food Labeller to get ready – it’s free!
Well done the School Food Plan and Louise T Davies for creating this new exam.
See how the amazing chain of restaurants – started in Lewes where I live – has labelled their menu to show allergens.
December 14th is a big day for caterers to show how their recipes label allergens
Cooks must make healthy meals for £2.30 for young school children.
Call for free sugar to be cut from 10% to 5% of dietary energy particularly fizzy drinks.
Click the link to listen to Radio 4 exploring how food, cooking and nutrition will be taught from September 2014
Really important that food teachers respond to consultation that removes our important subjects from future GCSEs!
Less deep fried stuff, less pastry – more fruit and veg
Useful chart showing what companies can do.
Almond powder used in curry sauces may have peanuts added.
There is no legal definition for this – down to Trading Standards.
New products added for up to date analysis
September 2014 is date for version 7 with new and updated foods – urgently needed.
This is a quick bit of research I’ve done to look at past questions in the exam paper
Thankyou to Leona for sharing her research into dietary needs with us.
This article shows the importance of allergen labelling for caterers and also training staff to avoid cross contamination.
Thanks to teacher Hayley for showing how students can show the % of nutrients in a recipe when using the Nutrition Program
This resource for Designing Decorated Cakes is ready. AQA Food Technology Context Decorated Cakes GCSE Revision.
Funding for food education – apply before March 28th 2014! Get the Nutrition Program paid for to use in school.
Education secretary Michael Russell – staff involved in food education have chance for training in food, health and nutrition
A free download of the Powerpoint used as part of the Food Teachers conference can be found on this link.
Report by the University of Southern California.
Very useful day for all food teachers – come and get my presentation on maths in food teaching.
Details on this link – free one hour webinar on EU new food labelling rules 11 am Feb 20th
Useful to know how much salt is in our food – but remember many foods contain sodium naturally>
New labelling for 2014 with colour coded nutrients.
In 2014, the law is changing and the majority of food businesses will be required to provide detailed information about the allergens within the food that they sell.
The main subject areas using this program are Food Technology, Hospitality and Catering and Home Economics. BUT – there are many other subjects and school areas which study nutrition, recipes, meals and diets,
Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition the scientific review by Prof David Benton says ‘Portion sizes of many foods have increased.’
The Government’s Public Health Responsibility Deal calls for reduced portion size as a way to reduce calorific intake.
Yo! Sushi and Pizza Hut are to put calories on their menu according to Restaurant Magazine. This shows that the branded restaurant sector is moving towards the Government recommendation of publicising nutrition information.