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Professor Ralph Early BA, MSc, MPhil, FRSB, FIFST, FInstM, FHEA

Professor of Food Industry

Teaching Duties

  • Food policy and ethics.
  • Bioethics.
  • Food security and sustainable food production.
  • Food processing and preservation.
  • Food biotechnology.
  • Risk and crisis management.
  • Product recall.
  • Problem solving tools and techniques.

Research Interests

Scholarly/research interests

  • Food ethics.
  • Bioethics.
  • Philosophy of food.
  • Food policy.
  • Food security and sustainability.
  • Artisan and traditional food.

Professional Memberships

Governor Profile

Formerly, elected Staff Member of the Board of Governors, Harper Adams University (Two terms: 2005-2013).

Academic Department: Food Technology and Innovation

Tel: +44 (0)1952 815365

Fax: +44 (0)1952 814783

Office: RFA 106 Regional Food Academy

Research profile: ORCID


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Other publications

  • Early, R. and Tamime, A.Y. (2017) Microbial toxins in dairy products: an overview. Chapter 1. In, A.Y. Tamime (ed.) Microbial toxins in dairy products. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. pp 1-18.
  • Early, R. (2017) Contamination of raw milk: sources and routes up to the farm gate. Chapter 5. In, A.Y. Tamime (ed.) Microbial toxins in dairy products. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. pp 132-153.
  • Early, R. 2017. (2017) Milk product contamination after the farm gate. Chapter 6. In, A.Y. Tamime (ed.) Microbial toxins in dairy products. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. pp 154-182.
  • Early, R. (2015) Will the new British Government encourage graduates into our food industry? Meat Management May
  • Early, R. (2015) Food Technology Engineering: a short course for schools at Harper Adams University. Food Management Today 3,3
  • Heasman, M. and Early, R. (2014) Social justice as fairness in the global food system. In, Garwood, S., Croeser, S. and Yakinthuu, C. Eds. Lessons of social change in the global economy: voices from the field. Lanham MD: Lexington Books.
  • Early, R. (2013) Harper Adams University: helping to increase the number of graduates entering the food industry Food Science and Technology Journal 27,3
  • Early, R. (2011) Dairy products and milk-based food ingredients. In, Baines, D. and Seal, R. (eds). Natural food additives, ingredients and flavourings. Cambridge: Woodhead.
  • Early, R. (2009) Pathogen control in primary production: Crop foods. In, Blackburn, C. and McClure, P. (eds) Second edition. Foodborne Pathogens: hazards, risk analysis and control. Cambridge: Woodhead.
  • Sinclair, L.A., Lock, A.L., Early, R. and Bauman, D.E. (2007) Effects of trans-10, cis-12 conjugated linoleic acid on ovine milk fat synthesis and cheese properties. Journal of Dairy Science 90:3326-3335
  • Early, R. (2005) Good Agricultural Practice and HACCP in fruit and vegetable cultivation. In, Jongen, W. (Ed.) Improving the safety of fruit and vegetables. Cambridge: Woodhead.
  • Early, R. (2004) Good Agricultural Practice and HACCP systems in the management of pesticides and veterinary residues on the farm. In, Watson, D. (Ed.) Pesticides, veterinary and other chemical residues. Cambridge: Woodhead.
  • Early, R. and Donaldson, R.J. (2004) Essential food hygiene for the food industry. Second edition. London: The Royal Society of Health.
  • Early, R. (2003) Food ethics. In, Caballero, B., Trugo, L. and Finglas, P. (Eds.) Encyclopedia of food sciences and nutrition. London: Academic Press.
  • Early, R. (2002) Use of HACCP systems in fruit and vegetable production and post-harvest pre-treatment. In, Jongen, W. (Ed.). Fruit and vegetable processing. Cambridge: Woodhead.
  • Early, R. (2002) Food ethics: a decision making tool for the food industry? International Journal of Food Science and Technology. 37, 339-349
  • Early, R. (2002) Agricultural and food ethics: keys to enlightened practice in agriculture and the provision of food? Journal of the Royal Agricultural Society 126
Additional Information

Working to develop and establish food science and technology as a discrete academic area in Harper Adams University since 1996.

Created (2008/9) and established the West Midlands Regional Food Academy to support SME food businesses.

Formed and established the Department of Food Science and Agri-Food Supply Chain Management, 2011-17.

Primary instrument in the relocation of Dairy Crest's Innovation Centre to Harper Adams University.

Project income generated since 2005: approximately £4.373 million (projects relating to food technology, professional course development, knowledge transfer and sustainable food technologies).

Member of an Innovate UK funded research project investigating the recovery and application of nucleotides and glutamate from a fungal (Fusarium venenatum) fermentation process.


  • Professor of Food Industry, Harper Adams University, 2014.
  • Head of Department - Department of Food Science and Agri-Food Supply Chain Management (2011-2017).
  • Principal Lecturer in Food Science and Moral Philosophy, Harper Adams University College, 2007.
  • Senior Lecturer in Food Science and Moral Philosophy, Harper Adams University College, 2004.
  • Senior Lecturer in Food Science, Harper Adams University College, 1996.
  • Senior Lecturer in Food Science, University of Plymouth, 1993-96.
  • Quality and Food Safety Consultant, 1992-93.
  • Quality Standards Manager, Dairy Crest Ltd, 1989-92 (£1.2 billion turnover company).
  • Development Manager Industrial Products, Dairy Crest Ltd, 1987-89 (servicing £900 million business).
  • Various positions in food product development, Milk Marketing Board/Dairy Crest Ltd, 1980-87.
  • QC Technician, Cadbury Ltd., 1978-80.
  • Production Supervisor, J & P Langman (Organic Yogurt Producer), 1977-78.
  • General farm worker, 1973-74.
  • Experience in food industry: food production, product & process development, quality assurance, quality management systems (ISO9001), and food safety management (HACCP).

Other Roles

  • Board of Governors, Harper Adams University (2005-2013).
  • Director, West Midlands Regional Food Academy (2008-present).
  • External Examiner, Sheffield Hallam University (2009-1013).
  • Member, Advisory Editorial Board, British Food Journal (2010-present).
  • Member, Telford and Wrekin Business Board (2010-2017).
  • Member, Executive Committee, Institute of Meat (2014-present).
  • External Adviser, Jordan's & Ryvita Company Sustainability Governance Committee (2014-present).
  • Council Member, Food Ethics Council (2015-present).
  • Food Sector Champion for Telford and the Wrekin (2015-2017).
  • External Examiner, University of Ulster (2016-2020).


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