APA News

  • APA Conference 2017 : Save the Date

    16 January 2017

    This year's APA Conference will be held in the historic city of Canterbury, Kent on the 26 and 27 October (Thursday and Friday). The theme of the conference will be "Food... authentication and contamination" Further details will be announced later in the year.

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  • Two successful prosecutions after APA laboratory detects beef in lamb curry samples

    09 January 2017

    Cardiff Public Analyst laboratory, Minton Treharne & Davies recently carried out analysis of lamb curry samples which lead to successful prosecutions by Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council due to beef being detected in the samples.

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  • A case of Kentish wine for prize draw winner at APA Annual Conference

    11 November 2016

    Richard Fielder of Biocheck was the lucky winner of a case of Kentish wine at this years APA Conference

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  • Public Analysts recognise the contribution of Alan Richards to the Association

    08 November 2016

    At the recent APA annual conference dinner, President Jon Griffin made a special presentation to Alan and Linda Richards, who were both guests of the APA in recognition of the contribution they had made to the over the years.

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  • Presentations at the APA Conference

    08 November 2016

    Lucy Hampton, one the guests of honour at the APA conference dinner at the Tudor Park Hotel, Maidstone gave a speech in memory of her late husband Ian Hampton, before toasting absent friends and colleagues. Mary Butts from Minton, Treharne & Davies received her MChemA certificate

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  • Successful prosecution after APA Lab finds harmful levels of Hydrogen Peroxide in tooth whitener

    25 October 2016

    A father and son have been jailed for selling unsafe teeth whitening products after being prosecuted by Powys County Council. A test purchase item obtained by Powys Trading Standards at the Royal Welsh Showand tested by the Public Analysts, Minton Treharne & Davies (MTD) was found to contain harmful levels of hydrogen peroxide; containing 11% hydrogen peroxide – some 110 times the legal limit for products that are sold directly to consumers. John Barry Hargreaves and son Matthew Hargreaves were sentenced to 18 months each at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court on Friday (16 September). The sentence comes after a three-year nationwide investigation led by the council’s Trading Standards Service, with the co-operation of the General Dentist Council (GDC). The father and son, from Southwood, Mereside, Knutsford, were convicted of running a fraudulent business under Section 9 of the Fraud Act 2006. Between October 2012 and July 2015, they used dishonest practices in making false claims about the teeth whitening products and making false claims about which company was selling the products at events throughout the United Kingdom.

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