The Institute for Global Food Security

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Addressing a global challenge

Queen’s is leading the world in addressing one of the greatest global challenges – how to ensure the safety of our food.

Our researchers track and prevent contamination of crops, animal feeds and foods. They help detect fraud along the supply chain and develop advanced food provenance systems, help to improve the quality of crops and the health of farm animals and their resistance to disease.


An international team of experts

Focused on detecting multiple chemical contaminants in food and feed, one of the most pressing global problems for the food industry and its regulators.

The Institute has also conducted an ambitious world-wide study into every reported chemical-based contamination over five years, determining types of feed, geographic origin and health risks and paving the way for the food industry to set up a self-monitoring programme.

Ranked number one for research intensity in the UK for agriculture and veterinary science

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Global Challenges

Farms of the Future

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Innovative Research

Global Food Integrity

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Twenty First Century

Nutrition Challenges

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Chris Elliott

Professor Chris Elliott

Pro-Vice-Channcelor, Faculty of Medicine, Health & Life Sciences

Chris led the UK government's independent review of food systems following the 2013 horse meat scandal. Laboratories around the world now use tests developed at Queen’s by Professor Elliott and his colleagues.

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Food research facilities


The new Institute, established in 2016, houses a suite of state-of-the-art laboratories, conducting cutting edge research into various topics.

These range from soil & plant health through to food security, within the new £28 million Biological Sciences building.

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