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CEN updates affecting chemical measurements  September 2019

CEN updates affecting chemical measurements September 2019

Standards published by the CEN during April and August 2019, some of which are relevant to chemical measurement in support of food and animal feed regulation

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Food allergy  jointly organised one day conference

Food allergy jointly organised one day conference

The Government Chemist is collaborating with the Institute of Global Food Security to run a one day conference at Queen's University Belfast on 21 October

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Research and analysis: Food and feed law: legislation review (April   June 2019)

Research and analysis: Food and feed law: legislation review (April June 2019)

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

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The National Food Crime Unit visits LGC

The National Food Crime Unit visits LGC

Selvarani Elahi and Michael Walker, from the Government Chemist team, hosted a visit by Sean Daly and Rachel Gullaksen of the NFCU on 14 August

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The National Food Crime Unit visits LGC

The National Food Crime Unit visits LGC

Selvarani Elahi and Michael Walker, from the Government Chemist team, hosted a visit by Sean Daly and Rachel Gullaksen of the NFCU on 14 August

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Research and analysis: GC publishes a technical report on mycotoxin screening using QuEChERS

Research and analysis: GC publishes a technical report on mycotoxin screening using QuEChERS

Report describing research works carried out by the Government Chemist to explore the possibilities of applying QuEChERS to the analysis of mycotoxins in various food matrices

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Government Chemist and IGFS visit Ghana

Government Chemist and IGFS visit Ghana

Selvarani Elahi and Prof.

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Government Chemist and IGFS visit Ghana

Government Chemist and IGFS visit Ghana

Selvarani Elahi and Prof. Chris Elliott were invited to attend the Ghana Science Association conference and a workshop on rice integrity and managing food fraud

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Save the date   Government Chemist Conference 2020

Save the date Government Chemist Conference 2020

The Government Chemist Conference will take place on 24-25 June 2020 at the Royal Society of Chemistry, London

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Collaborating with Queen’s University to improve coffee authenticity

Collaborating with Queen’s University to improve coffee authenticity

The Government Chemist and Queen's University Belfast have published a paper highlighting current analytical difficulties in authentication of coffee and possible solutions

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Government Chemist hosts MFAN meeting

Government Chemist hosts MFAN meeting

The Government Chemist and the National Measurement Laboratory hosted a meeting of the University of Manchester Food Allergy Network, MFAN, on 3 July

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GC supports IFST Lecture ‘Ultra processed foods: The science and the policy’

GC supports IFST Lecture ‘Ultra processed foods: The science and the policy’

The Government Chemist and the National Measurement Laboratory were pleased to support the annual lecture organised by the Institute of Food Science & Technology

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New allergen labelling law to be introduced by government

New allergen labelling law to be introduced by government

Government has announced plans to introduce a new allergen labelling law to help further protect the UK’s two million people living with food allergy

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IFST Lecture   Ultra processed foods: The science and the policy

IFST Lecture Ultra processed foods: The science and the policy

The UK National Measurement Laboratory supports the Institute of Food Science and Technology Lecture for 2019

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Michael Walker appointed to FSA Scientific Advisory Committee

Michael Walker appointed to FSA Scientific Advisory Committee

Dr Michael Walker, Head of the Office of the Government Chemist, has been appointed as an independent expert to the FSA's Committee on Toxicity (COT)

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Government Chemist and IGFS review key quantitative techniques

Government Chemist and IGFS review key quantitative techniques

The origins of the Standard Additions and Internal Standards methods

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Food safety, everyone's business

Food safety, everyone's business

7 June 2019 is the first World Food Safety Day

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Food safety, everyone's business

Food safety, everyone's business

7 June 2019 is the first World Food Safety Day

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Government Chemist represented at CODEX meeting

Government Chemist represented at CODEX meeting

Selvarani Elahi, deputy Government Chemist, attended as part of the UK delegation with colleagues from the FSA and the Association of Public Analysts.

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Government Chemist – meetings in Northern Ireland

Government Chemist – meetings in Northern Ireland

On 13 May 2019, Dr Julian Braybrook completed his first round of visits to the devolved countries of the UK with a series of meetings in Northern Ireland

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A weight off our minds: farewell to the kilogram as we know it

A weight off our minds: farewell to the kilogram as we know it

As of today,20 May 2019, World Metrology Day, the kilogram will no longer be defined by a physical object

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HMRC offers EU exit webinars for importers and exporters

HMRC offers EU exit webinars for importers and exporters

HMRC are holding EU Exit webinars that will cover what UK businesses need to know to keep imports and exports up to speed, and identify the key steps to continue trading with EU businesses

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Leaving the EU: BEIS issues advice for business

Leaving the EU: BEIS issues advice for business

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, BEIS, has issued a leaflet with advice for businesses

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EU Exit guidance for food, drink and farming sector stakeholders

EU Exit guidance for food, drink and farming sector stakeholders

The Agri-Food chain stakeholder team at Defra has shared guidance to ensure that businesses are ready for a potential ‘no deal’ scenario

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Successful workshop on assessment of jelly mini cups

Successful workshop on assessment of jelly mini cups

The Government Chemist team run a very well received workshop providing practical knowledge for assessing the conformity of confectionery items known as jelly mini-cups

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GC contributes to European standard to combat food fraud

GC contributes to European standard to combat food fraud

The Government Chemist team, and food fraud experts from the UK, have contributed to the standardisation of terminology related to food fraud

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GC and IFST publish Information Statement on dietary fibre

GC and IFST publish Information Statement on dietary fibre

The Government Chemist has collaborated with the Institute of Food Science & Technology to produce an Information Statement on dietary fibre

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GC team delivers successful annual postgraduate training course

GC team delivers successful annual postgraduate training course

The week-long course ‘Analysis and Examination of Foods’ was organised on behalf of the Association of Public Analysts Educational Trust

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Government Chemist hosts international food allergy meeting

Government Chemist hosts international food allergy meeting

LGC, the home of the Government Chemist, hosted a meeting of the University of Manchester Food Allergy Network

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GC function explained at lunchtime lecture for European Commission

GC function explained at lunchtime lecture for European Commission

The Deputy Government Chemist, Selvarani Elahi, gave a lunchtime lecture at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Geel, Belgium

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GC team verifies sampling procedure to detect carcinogenic toxins

GC team verifies sampling procedure to detect carcinogenic toxins

Government Chemist team has carried out research work to verify that sampling procedures ensure the detection of cancer causing toxins

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Review of methods for coffee bean authenticity testing

Review of methods for coffee bean authenticity testing

The GC team has collaborated in the review of analytical methods to detect adulteration in coffee

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CEN updates affecting chemical measurements March 2017

CEN updates affecting chemical measurements March 2017

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

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GC collaborates in research about dangers in food supplements

GC collaborates in research about dangers in food supplements

Many food supplements contain hidden pharmaceutical ingredients that could be causing serious health risks, according to research

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GC offers RSC approved postgraduate course

GC offers RSC approved postgraduate 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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GC represented at international event on food fraud and food allergy

GC represented at international event on food fraud and food allergy

Participants from around the world attended an exciting and informative conference in Bari, Italy on 26 and 27 January

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CEN updates: information affecting chemical measurements Dec 2016

CEN updates: information affecting chemical measurements Dec 2016

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

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Pioneering DNA allergen work highlighted by FSA Chief Scientist

Pioneering DNA allergen work highlighted by FSA Chief Scientist

Government chemist team is praised for pioneering DNA allergen work by Professor Guy Poppy, Chief Scientific Advisor at the Food Standards Agency

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Detection of allergens and nut materials in herbs and spices

Detection of allergens and nut materials in herbs and spices

Government Chemist team talks at Seasoning and Spices Association event about novel DNA techniques for detection of allergens and nuts

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EU Persistent Organic Pollutants Regulation Updated

EU Persistent Organic Pollutants Regulation Updated

The European Commission has published an amendment to the persistent organic pollutants regulation to include hexabromocyclododecane

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Waste water and gas treatment: new best available techniques published

Waste water and gas treatment: new best available techniques published

New Commission Implementing Decision establishes best available techniques (BAT) for waste water and waste gas treatment/management systems in the chemical sector

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Government Chemist contributing to online seminar on food safety

Government Chemist contributing to online seminar on food safety

Upcoming eSeminar 'Advances in Food Safety Analysis - Contaminants, Toxins and Allergens' features a presentation from Michael Walker

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Use of hazardous substances in electronic equipment restricted

Use of hazardous substances in electronic equipment restricted

The European Commission has published an amendment to Annex IV of EU Directive 2011/65/EU

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EU Cosmetic Products Regulation Updated

EU Cosmetic Products Regulation Updated

The European Commission has published an amendment to the Cosmetic Products Regulations to include a new nanomaterial ingredient

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Protecting the consumer: real time DNA detection in spices

Protecting the consumer: real time DNA detection in spices

Peer review publications on novel methods to identify adulterants in spices highlight role GC plays in protecting the food chain

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