APA News

  • Retirement of Ron Ennion

    02 July 2018

    Public Analyst, Ron Ennion retired at the end of June. Ron worked in the public analyst profession for more than forty years, starting in the Chester lab in 1975, which eventually became part of Eurofins in 2001. The APA wishes Ron a long and happy retirement.

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  • Public Analyst's results help secure £1.6m proceeds of crime order against teeth whitening traders

    09 June 2018

    Welsh Public Analysts "Minton Treharne & Davies" have been involved in the assessment and testing of the tooth whitening products, and provided supporting Statements of Witness in a case where three members of a Cheshire-based family were prosecuted for selling unsafe teeth whitening products. After a three-year nationwide investigation by Powys County Council, the family have been ordered to pay back £1.6m that they made from their criminality of face prison. The teeth whitening products did not comply with safety laws and were unsafe due to harmful levels of hydrogen peroxide, with one victim receiving hospital treatment for burns after using a product. Tests showed the product to contain 11% hydrogen peroxide – some 110 times the legal limit for products that are sold directly to consumers.

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  • West Yorkshire Loses its Public Analyst Laboratory

    01 June 2018

    Only three months after the closure of Staffordshire Scientific Services the Public Analyst function at West Yorkshire Joint Services ceased at Easter. The laboratory will continue to operate but the two Public Analyst posts, together with four others, were made redundant.

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  • PASS appoints Michelle Evans as newest team member

    23 May 2018

    The Public Analyst Scientific Services (PASS) team has welcomed Michelle Evans as its newest member. Michelle is MChemA qualified and joined as Public Analyst following a 30-year career with Staffordshire County Council.

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  • Successful prosecution against man who claimed to cure cancer with food.

    24 April 2018

    Worcestershire Public Analyst, Paul Hancock, on behalf of London Borough of Camden Trading Standards, provided analysis and expert opinion to assist in the conviction of Errol Denton. Mr Denton claimed to be able to cure a number of diseases including cancer, with just a simple blood test and changes to diet.

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  • Public Analysts’ Reports – Then and Now

    28 March 2018

    For many years it was a requirement that Public Analysts made a quarterly report to local councillors. The illustration, reproduced courtesy of the West Yorkshire Archive Service, is an extract from the minute book of the Leeds Sanitary Committee and shows the samples analysed by Thomas Fairley, Leeds first Public Analyst, in the quarter ending 31st December 1873. Mr Fairley commented that “The sample of bread was of inferior quality, but no proofs of adulteration were found” and “Three of the samples of tea were tolerably good, the other contained about three percent of impurity” On the 22nd of March Duncan Campbell, Thomas Fairley’s successor as Public Analyst for Leeds (and the other Districts in West Yorkshire), presented his last report to the West Yorkshire Joint Services Committee

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