from Professor Jack Pearce, president, IFIST

Sir; With reference to your article ‘Science skills shortage action’ (The Grocer, July 2, p15), I was disappointed that it made no mention of the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFIST) or the Science Council.
The IFST hosted a forum last October at The Royal Society on the subject ‘The Future for Food Science and Technology’ and brought together a wide range of stakeholders from education, industry, regional development agencies, professional bodies, the public sector and government departments.
Arising from this, the top-level working party referred to in the article was formed, which involves IFIST and the Science Council as well as Improve.