Category Archive: Government Chemist

Feb 08

Is food allergen analysis flawed?

Food allergy is an increasing problem for those affected, their families or carers, the food industry and for regulators. The food supply chain is highly vulnerable to fraud involving food allergens, risking fatalities and severe reputational damage to the food industry. It is understood that food allergy affects  up to 10% of children and 2-3% …

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Jun 21

What’s funny about your honey?

This blog continues our series highlighting how scientists at LGC are addressing measurement challenges to support regulation in the food industry and inform customer decisions during the Government Chemist Conference, Science supporting trust in food, starting today (21 June 2016). Honey is known to have multiple health and nutritional benefits and is in high demand …

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May 04

Food safety: how much arsenic is in my rice?

Ensuring the safety of the food we eat is of paramount importance. Scientists at LGC are addressing a number of measurement challenges to support regulation in the food industry and protect human health which we shall highlight over the coming weeks prior to the Government Chemist Conference, Science supporting trust in food, on 21-22 June 2016. …

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Apr 27

Is food allergen analysis flawed?

The Government Chemist Programme and expert collaborators call on Europe to improve the safety and security of food for people with allergies This Allergy Awareness Week we want to highlight the current challenges with food allergen measurements. Food allergy is a rapidly growing problem in the developed world, affecting up to 10 % of children and 2-3 % …

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Sep 08

World Seafood Conference 2015

Managing director of Michael Walker Consulting Ltd Michael gave a talk on the 8th of September, at the World Seafood Conference in Grimsby, UK which will run between the 5th and the 10th. This conference aims to build on existing partnerships and create new links between the International Association of Fish Inspectors (IAFI) members and …

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Mar 04

Peanut allergen quantification: a tough nut to crack

The prevalence of peanut allergy has nearly doubled in Europe over the past two decades and it now affects around 500,000 people in the UK. Peanut allergy is the most common cause of fatal food allergy reaction. It occurs when the immune system mistakenly identifies peanut proteins as something harmful. The fear of accidental exposure …

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Nov 21

Proficiency Testing and the fight against food fraud

The supply of food and beverages is now a massive worldwide industry generating trillions of pounds for producers, retailers and intermediaries. ‘Value’ is generally added at each stage of a product’s life and certain foods or beverages have ‘added value’ as a result of a designated geographical origin or as a result of production using …

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Nov 20

Food fraud or cross contamination: will it all come out in the wash?

When the ‘horse meat incident’ emerged in January 2013, it caused anger and consternation from many consumers. They felt duped and cheated, but were all instances a case of unscrupulous businesses trying to profiteer at the expense of food safety? A large scale investigation was launched into the food industry to establish how far reaching …

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Nov 19

Why are thousands of people counting down the days to 13 December?

A selection of nuts on a wooden spoon

Saturday 13 December is an important day for anyone with a serious food allergy in the UK, for it marks a significant shift in the burden of responsibility caterers have towards customers with allergies. It is the day that catering businesses, including restaurants, takeaways, bakeries and delicatessens, must tell customers if any of the 14 …

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