Tag Archive: food

Dec 23

Early success for the African Orphan Crops Consortium

The African Orphan Crops Consortium (AOCC) is an international effort to improve the nutrition, productivity and climatic adaptability of some of Africa’s most important food crops, helping to decrease the malnutrition and stunting rife among the continent’s rural children. It includes the African Union – New Partnership for Africa’s Development; LGC; Mars; Google; ICRAF; BGI; …

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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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Oct 14

A history of butter fraud – but how far does it spread?

Butter is without any question the most counterfeited food. This was the opening sentence at the symposium in Brussels in 1888 and while butter may not be the most counterfeited food today, the authenticity and quality of butters and margarines on sale today still come into question. Back in the late 1800s, analytical chemists and …

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Nov 18

DNA in Food and Forensics

Michael Walker, Science and Food Law Consultant with LGC, recently gave a well received talk on DNA in the McClay Library at Queens University, Belfast. The aim of the talk was to inform and update RSC and IFST members in NI on DNA topics as part of the annual lecture series run by RSC local …

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Oct 24

How genomics helped determine the roots of the potato blight

Recently, a team of international scientists have used DNA sequencing to effectively determine the cause of the Irish potato famine. Having been introduced to Europe in the sixteenth century from Peru, the potato soon became an important food staple that played a major role in the 19th century population boom in Europe. The Europeans propagated …

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Jan 21

Where’s the value in burger fraud?


Investigations are under way to try to find out how beefburgers on sale in UK and Irish supermarkets became contaminated with horsemeat. When asked about the issue, Michael Walker, Science and Food Law Consultant with LGC, said, “In the UK the presence of horsemeat and, for some, pigmeat in beefburgers, is objectionable and emphasises the …

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May 17

A standard meal – But would you want to eat it?

Previously I have written about a chocolate reference material which is used to help ensure quality control in the manufacture of chocolate. We produce a host of reference materials that look like the food being tested, and it got me thinking, do we produce enough reference materials to make a reference material meal, a ‘standard’ …

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Dec 20

Add some Chemistry to your Christmas

Christmas is a time of plenty, but when you sit down to tuck in to your Christmas dinner, the last thing you want to think about is whether your food is safe to eat. Fortunately the Government Chemist function is in place to ensure food safety from farm to fork. …However, the quality of your …

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Jul 08

Government Chemist – our national safeguard

The latest Government Chemist Review highlights some of the cases the Government Chemist resolved in 2010 as part of its role to resolve disputes relating to food and agricultural law. The Government Chemist is a statutory function that is maintained at LGC, the UK’s designated National Measurement Institute for chemical and bioanalytical measurement. Cases include: …

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