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Jun 08

Who is the purest of them all? The need for high quality certified reference standards

Thousands of decisions based on chemical measurements are made globally each day. This could be a clinician making a medical diagnosis, regulators identifying the presence of counterfeit drugs and removing them from sale, or a water treatment company testing their processes to ensure the water you drink is safe. To underpin these measurements and ensure …

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May 19

Measurement and alcohol: it’s World Metrology Day!

Tomorrow (20 May) is World Metrology Day, the birthday of the signing of the Metre Convention in 1875. This convention set the framework for global collaboration in the science of measurement (metrology). Its aim – to ensure we use uniform measurements across the globe ­– remains as important for industry, trade and society today as it …

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Mar 15

Nitrate in infants’ vegetable food

Nitrate is a natural contaminant present mainly in vegetables and drinking water although it is frequently added as a preservative in processed meat products. Plants utilise nitrogen from the environment as part of the nitrate cycle, for their metabolism and to produce protein. Any excess quantity of nitrate is stored mainly in green leaves.  In …

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Mar 02

Celebrating 25 years of Food Microbiology Proficiency Testing

LGC’s QMS Proficiency Testing (PT) scheme began 25 years ago, and had a very humble start in life, originally sharing premises with a manufacturer of under-wired bras! Back then reporting was done on an Analyst Request Form (ARF) which was sent out with the samples and then the data was posted back or faxed in. But …

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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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Jan 13

Toy Safety: proficiency testing to ASTM F963-16

On 20 October, 2016 ASTM International published ASTM F963-16 Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety, an updated version of ASTM F963-11. The aim of this revision is to address various issues relating to toy safety, ideally highlighting and eliminating many potential hazards from toys intended for use by children under the age of 14. …

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Jul 29

Three peaks challenge update

This year we’re raising funds for our corporate charity, MND (Motor Neurone Disease) Association, whose vision is a world free from MND. While not quite the ice bucket challenge seen in the news this week, in one week’s time some of our team at LGC will be completing their own fundraising event. Fourteen of LGC’S …

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Jul 08

Management team put best foot forward for charity

On 6 and 7 August, 14 members of LGC’s Forensics & Security leadership team are undertaking the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for The Motor Neurone Disease Association, this year’s chosen corporate charity. The Three Peaks Challenge involves climbing the three highest peaks in England, Wales and Scotland, often within 24 hours. Jon Yeung, …

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Feb 05

Which legal highs will soon become illegal highs?

Legal highs – also known as New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) – are a constant concern. Whether it’s prison officers falling ill after inhaling legal highs used by inmates or high-profile sports stars believed to have had chemical reactions after apparently taking them, it seems they are always in the news. But what are legal highs? …

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Sep 22

Tour de LGC

Members of our Executive Leadership Team successfully completed their cycling challenge for Bloodwise on 3 September- and their timings were pretty impressive! Our riders and walkers went from one LGC site to another starting at Brentwood and ending at Teddington, each group travelling to their nearest site. The furthest distance travelled was cycled by Chief Executive, Tim …

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