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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 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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EU Exit guidance for agri food stakeholders from Defra

EU Exit guidance for agri food stakeholders from Defra

The Agri-Food chain stakeholder team at Defra has shared guidance to ensure that businesses are ready for leaving the EU on 31 October

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Corporate report: Government Chemist Stakeholder Workshop Report 2019

Corporate report: Government Chemist Stakeholder Workshop Report 2019

Report summarising the process and conclusions of a priority finding exercise which will inform the work of the Government Chemist in the next programme

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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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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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