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Statement on Funding for Scottish Farmers Post Brexit

Statement on Funding for Scottish Farmers Post Brexit

Scottish Secretary David Mundell welcomes announcement on the future of agricultural funding

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Statement on Funding for Scottish Farmers Post Brexit

Statement on Funding for Scottish Farmers Post Brexit

Scottish Secretary David Mundell welcomes announcement on the future of agricultural funding

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UK initiative in food authenticity recognised at international event

UK initiative in food authenticity recognised at international event

The Food Authenticity Network is recognised as a leading example of an integrity network at the Codex Alimentarius Commission meeting in July 2018

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CEN updates affecting chemical measurements July 2018

CEN updates affecting chemical measurements July 2018

Standards published by the CEN from June to July 2018, some of which are relevant to chemical measurement in support of food and animal feed regulation

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GC and Queen’s University Belfast chart life of Monier Williams

GC and Queen’s University Belfast chart life of Monier Williams

Researchers from the Government Chemist team and Queen’s University Belfast chart the life of distinguished food chemist Gordon Wickham Monier-Williams

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Food chain resilience in a changing world: conference report

Food chain resilience in a changing world: conference report

Over 50 different organisations attended the 2018 Government Chemist Conference at BMA House in June 2018

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Food chain resilience in a changing world: conference presentations

Food chain resilience in a changing world: conference presentations

The presentations from the 2018 Government Chemist Conference are now available

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GC at international conference on food fraud and allergen management

GC at international conference on food fraud and allergen management

The Government Chemist team contributed to MoniQA, an international conference on food fraud and allergen management, in Vienna on 7 and 8 June 2018

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New ‘Stamp out BVD’ funding for farmers in England announced

New ‘Stamp out BVD’ funding for farmers in England announced

Defra announces new funding for farmers across England to tackle the highly contagious disease Bovine Vial Diarrhoea.

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CEN updates affecting chemical measurements May 2018

CEN updates affecting chemical measurements May 2018

Standards published by the CEN from April to May 2018, some of which are relevant to chemical measurement in support of food and animal feed regulation

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Multi million pound boost for crop resilience

Multi million pound boost for crop resilience

New funding to develop scientific breakthroughs in crop research and innovation

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Improvements to Countryside Productivity Small Grants scheme

Improvements to Countryside Productivity Small Grants scheme

A number of changes have been confirmed today to the Countryside Productivity Small Grants scheme

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Historic Buildings Grant deadline: One month to go to submit the first application

Historic Buildings Grant deadline: One month to go to submit the first application

Farmers and land managers have a month to get their applications in for the Historic Buildings Grant scheme before 29 March deadline

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Rural Payments helpline is currently unavailable

Rural Payments helpline is currently unavailable

There are technical problems with the Rural Payments helpline and you may not be able to contact us.

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Leeds based fresh produce retailer fined for selling rotten fruit and vegetables

Leeds based fresh produce retailer fined for selling rotten fruit and vegetables

A shopkeeper has been fined over £3,000 for displaying and selling rotten fruit and vegetables in his Leeds based store.

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New Chair appointed to Animal and Plant Health Agency Board

New Chair appointed to Animal and Plant Health Agency Board

The Secretary of State has approved the appointment of a new Chair for the Animal and Plant Health Agency Board.

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Extension of Countryside Stewardship payment claim deadline

Extension of Countryside Stewardship payment claim deadline

The payment claim deadline for Countryside Stewardship customers is being extended to 15 June 2018

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Extension of Countryside Stewardship payment claim deadline

Extension of Countryside Stewardship payment claim deadline

The payment claim deadline for Countryside Stewardship customers is being extended to 15 June 2018

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CEN updates affecting chemical measurements April 2018

CEN updates affecting chemical measurements April 2018

Standards published by the CEN from February to March 2018, some of which are relevant to chemical measurement in support of food and animal feed regulation.

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Further restrictions on neonicotinoids agreed

Further restrictions on neonicotinoids agreed

Further restrictions on neonicotinoid pesticides have been approved following a vote in the European Commission.

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Food chain resilience in a changing world: 2018 conference programme

Food chain resilience in a changing world: 2018 conference programme

The programme of speakers at the 2018 Government Chemist conference is now available

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UK Government raises a dram to Scotch whisky industry

UK Government raises a dram to Scotch whisky industry

By strengthening ties with the sector, and hearing directly from producers, the UK Government is determined to champion the industry and back Scotch’s continuing global success story

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New livestock service champions farm to fork traceability

New livestock service champions farm to fork traceability

Defra champions farm to fork traceability through new Livestock Information Service

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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 Commission’s 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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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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