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Successful workshop on allergen detection in spices organised by GC

Successful workshop on allergen detection in spices organised by GC

First of a new series of government-funded events, this workshop focused on practical aspects of the application of multiple analytical techniques to detect allergens

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CEN updates affecting chemical measurements January 2018

CEN updates affecting chemical measurements January 2018

Standards published by CEN, during the period December 2017 to January 2018, some of which are relevant to chemical measurement in support of regulation

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International co operation on the fight against illegal wildlife crime

International co operation on the fight against illegal wildlife crime

The UK and China recently held a joint-workshop in South Africa to pass on best practice in the fight against illegal wildlife crime across national borders.

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Export win for UK food producers as lamb market reopens in Saudi Arabia

Export win for UK food producers as lamb market reopens in Saudi Arabia

British lamb will soon be back on the menu in Saudi Arabia as part of a revitalised market agreement worth an estimated £25 million over the next five years.

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CCTV in slaughterhouses: Legislation laid in Parliament

CCTV in slaughterhouses: Legislation laid in Parliament

CCTV to become mandatory in all slaughterhouses in England under new legislation laid in Parliament

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GC Conference date for 2018

GC Conference date for 2018

The Government Chemist biennial conference will take place on 13-14 June at BMA House in Central London

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GC offers APA validated postgraduate residential course

GC offers APA validated postgraduate residential course

The GC Programme organises an annual, fully residential week-long postgraduate course on the analysis and examination of food and feed.

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Food and drink export sales soar in Brexit boost

Food and drink export sales soar in Brexit boost

Overseas sales of UK food and drink continued to soar last year, with record exports of over £22 billion in 2017

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Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund provides conservation boost

Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund provides conservation boost

Agreements are offered to 37 farming groups new to the Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund.

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Third party puppy sales: Michael Gove launches call for evidence on ban

Third party puppy sales: Michael Gove launches call for evidence on ban

A ban on third party puppy sales will be explored as part of a package of animal welfare reforms

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UK Governments work together to test foot and mouth disease contingency plans

UK Governments work together to test foot and mouth disease contingency plans

Government departments across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland test foot and mouth disease contingency plans in Exercise Blackthorn

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GC team contributes to ongoing discussions on honey authenticity

GC team contributes to ongoing discussions on honey authenticity

The UK Government Chemist team contributed to discussions at technical round table on honey authentication at the European Commissionís Joint Research Centre

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£60m farming productivity fund launched at Dairy Tech

£60m farming productivity fund launched at Dairy Tech

A new £60m grants scheme where farmers can bid for cash to buy new farm equipment has been announced today by Farming Minister George Eustice.

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Animal welfare strengthened by new codes for pigs and poultry

Animal welfare strengthened by new codes for pigs and poultry

Welfare codes for pigs, laying hens, and meat chickens are being updated as part of a programme of reforms to safeguard and enhance the welfare of animals

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Bird flu prevention zone extended to cover whole of England

Bird flu prevention zone extended to cover whole of England

Legal requirement for all bird keepers in England to follow strict biosecurity measures.

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Avian flu found in wild birds in Dorset

Avian flu found in wild birds in Dorset

Bird flu confirmed in wild birds in the UK for first time this winter

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GC organises workshop on allergen detection for public analysts

GC organises workshop on allergen detection for public analysts

The GC team, with collaborators at FSA and FSS, will be delivering a workshop on detection of allergen in spices by complementary analytical techniques on 28 February 2018

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GC organises workshop on allergen detection for public analysts

GC organises workshop on allergen detection for public analysts

The GC team, with collaborators at FSA and FSS, will be delivering a workshop on detection of allergen in spices by complementary analytical techniques on 28 February 2018

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Farming for the next generation

Farming for the next generation

Secretary of State Michael Gove sets out his vision on the future of our farming industry at the Oxford Farming Conference 2018

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CEN updates affecting chemical measurements December 2017

CEN updates affecting chemical measurements December 2017

Standards published by CEN, during the period September to November 2017, some of which are relevant to chemical measurement in support of regulation.

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Leeds retailer fined after failing to meet marketing standards

Leeds retailer fined after failing to meet marketing standards

A Leeds based independent retailer has been ordered to pay over £5,000 for selling rotten fruit in his store.

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Government Chemist at the APA Conference

Government Chemist at the APA Conference

Michael Walker represented the Government Chemist at the annual conference of the Association of Public Analysts, APA, in October 2017

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GC contributes to special edition of international journal

GC contributes to special edition of international journal

The Government Chemist has been invited to contribute to a special edition on food allergen analysis in the highly respected journal of the AOAC INTERNATIONAL

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New Farming Rules for Water

New Farming Rules for Water

New rules will be introduced which will save farmers money whilst also better protecting the water environment.

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Environment Secretary confirms sentience of animals will continue to be recognised and protections strengthened when we leave the EU

Environment Secretary confirms sentience of animals will continue to be recognised and protections strengthened when we leave the EU

Michael Gove has set out the government's position on animal sentience after we leave the EU in a Written Ministerial Statement

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Avian influenza (bird flu) in winter 2017 to 2018

Avian influenza (bird flu) in winter 2017 to 2018

The latest updates on avian influenza (bird flu) in winter 2017 to 2018.

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APHA awarded funding for brucellosis vaccine development

APHA awarded funding for brucellosis vaccine development

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) has received funding from a global brucellosis vaccine prize competition.

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Environment Secretary opens £40 million fund to boost farm productivity

Environment Secretary opens £40 million fund to boost farm productivity

Environment Secretary opens a £40 million grants scheme today for investment in farm technology and equipment.

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Bluetongue virus detected and dealt with in imported cattle

Bluetongue virus detected and dealt with in imported cattle

Bluetongue has been successfully picked up in a number of cattle imported from France through the UK's robust post-import testing regime.

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CEN updates affecting chemical measurements (animal feed) September 2017

CEN updates affecting chemical measurements (animal feed) September 2017

Changes to standards and technical documents updated by CEN that affect those carrying out chemical measurement in support of animal feed regulation

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BPS 2017 payments exchange rate set

BPS 2017 payments exchange rate set

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has confirmed the exchange rate for Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2017 payments made in sterling.

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Environment Secretary meets Northern Irish industry leaders on the future of UK agriculture

Environment Secretary meets Northern Irish industry leaders on the future of UK agriculture

Environment Secretary Michael Gove visits Northern Ireland to discuss the future of the food and farming industries outside the EU

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CEN updates affecting chemical measurements (food) September 2017

CEN updates affecting chemical measurements (food) September 2017

Changes to standards and technical documents updated by CEN that affect those carrying out chemical measurement in support of food regulation

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Avian Influenza: UK now disease free but Chief Vet urges vigilance

Avian Influenza: UK now disease free but Chief Vet urges vigilance

The UK now meets international requirements to declare freedom from Avian Influenza, as the chief vet urges continued vigilance.

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UK Government extends guarantee for Scottish farmers and crofters

UK Government extends guarantee for Scottish farmers and crofters

Around 11,300 farmers will benefit from a £42 million funding extension as the UK Government guarantees EU funding for another year.

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Huge export win to China for UK food producers

Huge export win to China for UK food producers

Market access secured for seven businesses across England and Northern Ireland.

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GC team thanked for leading interactive DNA extraction workshop

GC team thanked for leading interactive DNA extraction workshop

Dr Malcolm Burns represented the UK at the European Network of GMO Laboratories (ENGL) Steering Committee meeting held at the end of June

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Farmers and vets gain easy access to cattle disease information

Farmers and vets gain easy access to cattle disease information

APHA launches new cattle disease surveillance dashboard showing diseases in cattle across Great Britain.

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Working with China on agriculture challenges: more time to apply

Working with China on agriculture challenges: more time to apply

The deadline for an up to £8 million funding competition to work with Chinese partners on agritech solutions has been extended.

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Permanent Chief Executive confirmed for the Rural Payments Agency

Permanent Chief Executive confirmed for the Rural Payments Agency

The new permanent Chief Executive of the Rural Payments Agency has been confirmed.

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Fine of £26,677 imposed for fisheries offences

Fine of £26,677 imposed for fisheries offences

Vessel owner and master plead guilty to fishing offences at North Tyneside Magistrates Court in case brought by Marine Management Organisation (MMO).

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Government Chemist invited back to allergen management workshop

Government Chemist invited back to allergen management workshop

Michael Walker was invited back to present at an annual two day seminar on allergen management and advanced testing

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Review of decision support tools for GMO screening published

Review of decision support tools for GMO screening published

Government Chemist team authors peer-reviewed paper evaluating bioinformatic tools to be used with PCR-based approaches for GMO screening

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GC team take a lead role in EU workshop

GC team take a lead role in EU workshop

Malcom Burns from the GC team took a leading role in the delivery of a DNA extraction workshop held at the Joint Research Centre in June.

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Fine of £5,753 imposed for fisheries offences

Fine of £5,753 imposed for fisheries offences

Vessel owner and master plead guilty to fishing offences at Bodmin Magistrates Court in case brought by Marine Management Organisation (MMO).

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