APA News


    05 February 2018

    The Government Chemist Programme in LGC organises an annual fully residential week long postgraduate course on the work of the Public Analyst. The course, over a two year cycle, offers a distinctive learning experience, validated by active practitioners in the APA Training Committee

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  • APA President Speaks To Birmingham University MSc Students

    30 January 2018

    APA President Jon Griffin recently gave a talk to MSc students at the University of Birmingham who were following a course in Food Safety, Hygiene and Management. The talk was titled “Food Fraud-Is there a test for that” and was part of a themed week of lectures from speakers outside the faculty covering food fraud.

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  • APA Conference 2018

    29 January 2018

    This year's APA Conference will be held in the Marriott Hotel, Mill Lane, Cardiff. The theme of the conference and further details will be announced later in the year.

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  • FSA Board Latest

    07 December 2017

    FSA Board Latest The FSA board have made the following announcement. “A review of the official controls laboratory provision now a priority, impacting regulatory reform, our plans for exiting the EU, and our direction on surveillance”.

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  • Review of Official Control Laboratory System - Food Standards Agency Board to be asked to comment

    06 December 2017

    In item 6 of a paper to go to a meeting of the FSA Board on 6th December Steve Wearne (Director of Policy & Science Group) notes that there has never been a formal external review of the UK official control laboratory system in its entirety and that there is no longer a clear demarcation between the current official control disciplines.

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  • Landmark Health Claims Prosecution

    24 November 2017

    Heavy penalty after Public Analysts highlight 149 illegal claims. In October this year the company Well-Beeing UK Limited and its sole director Mr Paul Southern pleaded guilty to nine offences under the Nutrition and Health Claim Regulations in relation to the sale of Royal Jelly in a prosecution taken by Trafford Council backed by Public Analysts in Staffordshire and Lancashire. The prosecution is thought to the first of its kind in Europe. Mr Southern received a sentence of 8 months custody suspended for 12 months, plus 250 hours community service for offences. He was also fined £300 fine per offence (£2700) for the Company. Trafford were awarded £800 costs.

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