Tag Archive: consumer protection

May 08

How do you give coffee authentication an extra shot?

With a high market value and commercial importance coffee is in the top 10 products most at risk of food fraud. A recent paper by the Government Chemist team at LGC, and the Institute of Global Food Security in Queen’s University, Belfast (QUB), tackles the question of where and how to analytically check the coffee …

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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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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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Dec 07

Total Polar Compounds in frying oil

TRIAL SAMPLE: 796 (February 2017) Oils and fats represent one of the three major classes of food constituents together with carbohydrates and proteins. Deep-fat frying is one of the most popular cooking procedures and leads to the production of both desirable and undesirable compounds. The cooking process affects the physicochemical characteristics and quality of the …

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Nov 17

New strict codes of practice for mitigating acrylamide formation

In September 2016, the E.U. Commission presented an amended regulation proposal for acrylamide, based on feedback from the stakeholders’ consultation. The Regulation is proposed to be made under Article 4 of Regulation (EC) No. 852/2004 on the hygiene of foodstuffs, and it sets out a requirement for food business operators to take account of strict …

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Feb 12

Quality, controlled, science for a safer world

Reference materials are essential for the scientific community to perform vital research, enabling validation of a material’s quality, analytical measurement methods or for the precise calibration of instruments. Of course, by their nature, some authentic and highly characterised materials are potentially hazardous to customers, but their sale and distribution takes place within a number of …

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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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Dec 18

ScienceBites – Christmas edition

At LGC Teddington, we recently held a very informative event called ScienceBites. This event is aimed to encourage our colleagues at Teddington to share their science, meet new people and see the kind of work that goes on within LGC. This edition had a little Christmas twist! Many of our scientists presented their research and …

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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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