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An introduction to quantitative PCR assay validation

An introduction to quantitative PCR assay validation

This e-seminar will introduce the viewer to the topic of qPCR assay validation and provide best practice guidance on how to undertake the process

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New UK Internal Market Bill   announcement

New UK Internal Market Bill announcement

A new Bill to protect jobs and trade across the whole of the United Kingdom after the Transition Period ends was introduced to parliament on Wednesday 9 September

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Defra updates in agri food and environmental topics

Defra updates in agri food and environmental topics

Round up of latest news from Defra related to agri-food and environmental topics

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Corporate report: Government Chemist 2019 Annual Review

Corporate report: Government Chemist 2019 Annual Review

Referee casework, research projects, advice and impact of work carried out by the Government Chemist team during 2019

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Webinar: Why do laboratories get it wrong?

Webinar: Why do laboratories get it wrong?

Michael Walker will talk in detail about the process involved in the resolution of technical disputes in the UK official food control system after an introduction by Julian Braybrook

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Guidance: Detection of genetically modified rice at the UK border   advice

Guidance: Detection of genetically modified rice at the UK border advice

Advice note prepared by Dr Michael Walker on behalf of the Government Chemist, regarding the detection of genetically modified rice at the UK border

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Fish speciation for food authenticity: e seminar

Fish speciation for food authenticity: e seminar

This e-seminar, will introduce the analytical needs associated with fish speciation for food authenticity

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An introduction to digital PCR (dPCR): e seminar

An introduction to digital PCR (dPCR): e seminar

This e-seminar describes the principles behind the digital PCR technique, and gives some good practice guidelines for its use

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Evaluation and assessment of jelly mini cups

Evaluation and assessment of jelly mini cups

Presentations related to workshop providing practical knowledge for assessing the conformity of confectionery items known as jelly mini-cups

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Michael Walker, Referee Analyst, honoured by Queen's University

Michael Walker, Referee Analyst, honoured by Queen's University

Dr Michael Walker, Head of the Office of the UK Government Chemist and Referee Analyst, has had the title ‘Professor of Practice’ conferred on him.

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World Food Safety Day 2020   food safety is our business too

World Food Safety Day 2020 food safety is our business too

The second World Food Safety Day will be celebrated on 7 June 2020 to draw attention and inspire action to escale up the initial commitment made in 2019

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Webinar: Why do laboratories get it wrong?

Webinar: Why do laboratories get it wrong?

Michael Walker will talk in detail about the process involved in the resolution of technical disputes in the UK official food control system after an introduction by Julian Braybrook

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Government announces UK Global Tariff

Government announces UK Global Tariff

The UK’s new Global Tariff will replace the EU’s Common External Tariff on 1 January 2021 at the end of the Transition Period.

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Honey Authenticity Seminar (2019) Report

Honey Authenticity Seminar (2019) Report

The Seminar, "Honey authenticity: determination of exogenous sugars by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)" was organised in collaboration with government departments

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Honey Authenticity Seminar (2019) Report

Honey Authenticity Seminar (2019) Report

The seminar, "Honey authenticity: determination of exogenous sugars by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)" was organised in collaboration with government departments

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Research and analysis: Honey authenticity seminar: presentations

Research and analysis: Honey authenticity seminar: presentations

Collection of presentation files from the "Honey authenticity: determination of exogenous sugars by NMR" seminar held at LGC in November 2019

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COVID 19 Defra Update

COVID 19 Defra Update

Summary of the latest news from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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COVID 19 Defra Update

COVID 19 Defra Update

Summary of the latest news from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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COVID 19 Defra Update

COVID 19 Defra Update

Summary of the latest news from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Government Chemist and IGFS (QUB) collaborate on coconut water authenticity

Government Chemist and IGFS (QUB) collaborate on coconut water authenticity

The GC team and the Institute for Global Food Security at Queens University Belfast have collaborated on a review of methods and issues related to determining the authenticity of coconut water

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COVID 19 Defra Update

COVID 19 Defra Update

Summary of the latest news from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Safe food for tomorrow's world 2020 Conference programme

Safe food for tomorrow's world   2020 Conference programme

The 2020 Government Chemist conference has been postponed until 2021. Dates to be confirmed.

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Analysis and examination of foods postgraduate course 2020

Analysis and examination of foods   postgraduate course 2020

The Government Chemist organises an annual, fully residential course on the analysis and examination of food and feed at Reading University, 30 March- 3 April 2020

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Safe food for tomorrow's world 2020 Conference programme

Safe food for tomorrow's world   2020 Conference programme

The 2020 GC Conference will bring together experts to discuss future challenges in the manufacturing, packaging, retailing and testing of food that is safe and consumers can trust

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Detailed guide: Submit a referee sample to the Government Chemist

Detailed guide: Submit a referee sample to the Government Chemist

Guidance for local authorities, port health authorities and food traders on how to submit a sample for referee analysis.

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Safe food for tomorrow's world 2020 Conference programme

Safe food for tomorrow's world   2020 Conference programme

The 2020 GC Conference will bring together experts to discuss future challenges in the manufacturing, packaging, retailing and testing of food that is safe and consumers can trust

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Safe food for tomorrow's world 2020 Conference programme

Safe food for tomorrow's world   2020 Conference programme

The 2020 GC Conference will bring together experts to discuss future challenges in the manufacturing, packaging, retailing and testing of food that is safe and consumers can trust

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Analysis and examination of foods postgraduate course 2020

Analysis and examination of foods   postgraduate course 2020

The Government Chemist organises an annual, fully residential course on the analysis and examination of food and feed at Reading University, 30 March- 3 April 2020

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Government Chemist responds to Defra call for evidence

Government Chemist responds to Defra call for evidence

The Government Chemist provides evidence of past and current initiatives to help inform the National Food Strategy

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GC team shares expertise in food authenticity in Vietnam

GC team shares expertise in food authenticity in Vietnam

The Government Chemist team was invited by IAEA to attend the Asia-Pacific Technical Regional Cooperation Project Meeting in Vietnam

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Defra advice for imports during the transition period

Defra advice for imports during the transition period

The EU are making changes to the pre-notification system, which will be applicable to imports during the transition period

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CEN updates affecting chemical measurements September December 2019

CEN updates affecting chemical measurements September   December 2019

Standards published by the CEN between September and December 2019, some of which are relevant to chemical measurement in support of food and animal feed regulation

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Research and analysis: Food and feed law: legislation review (July September 2019)

Research and analysis: Food and feed law: legislation review (July   September 2019)

Quarterly report providing information and updates on UK food and feed law and related scientific and regulatory issues

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GC conference: Safe food for tomorrow's world

GC conference: Safe food for tomorrow's world

The Government Chemist biennial conference will take place on 24 - 25 June 2020 at the Royal Society of Chemistry in central London

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E seminar: An introduction to DNA melting curve analysis

E seminar: An introduction to DNA melting curve analysis

Thid e-seminar describes the principles and best practice guidelines for the application of the post-PCR analytical method of DNA melting curve analysis

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E seminar: An introduction to DNA melting curve analysis

E seminar: An introduction to DNA melting curve analysis

This e-seminar describes the principles and best practice guidelines for the application of the post-PCR analytical method of DNA melting curve analysis

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E seminar: An introduction to using service providers for NGS analysis

E seminar: An introduction to using service providers for NGS analysis

This e-seminar provides general guidance and best practice for selecting and using a service provider to undertake NGS projects

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Workshop An analytical roadmap for detecting allergens

Workshop   An analytical roadmap for detecting allergens

Workshop providing advice, guidance and best practice on the application of complementary analytical techniques for the detection of allergens in spices

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Workshop An analytical roadmap for detecting allergens

Workshop   An analytical roadmap for detecting allergens

Workshop providing advice, guidance and best practice on the application of complementary analytical techniques for the detection of allergens in spices

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E seminar: An introduction to designing quantitative PCR assays

E  seminar: An introduction to designing quantitative PCR assays

Seminar describing the principles of and best practice guidelines for the design of qPCR assays.

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E seminar: Real time PCR for food authenticity including horse DNA

E seminar: Real time PCR for food authenticity including horse DNA

E-seminar produced by the Government Chemist team with funding from Defra on the topic of real time PCR applications for food testing

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Policy paper: Government Chemist Strategy 2020 2023

Policy paper: Government Chemist Strategy 2020 2023

Strategy document supporting the Government Chemist work for the 2020-2023 programme

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Government Chemist responds to FSA consultation

Government Chemist responds to FSA consultation

The Government Chemist responded to FSA's consultation seeking stakeholders’ views on the implementation of the Official Controls Regulation

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Government Chemist responds to FSA consultation

Government Chemist responds to FSA consultation

The Government Chemist responded to FSA's consultation seeking stakeholders’ views on the implementation of the Official Controls Regulation

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Government Chemist at food allergy event in Northern Ireland

Government Chemist at food allergy event in Northern Ireland

The Government Chemist contributed to a conference organised by the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen's University Belfast

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