APA News

  • New British Standard for Plant Based Foods

    23 July 2020

    A recent Which? conversation on plant-based milk showed that a lot of people are interested in incorporating more plant-based foods into their or their family’s diets. Well aware of this trend, the food industry is gearing up to meet growing demand, and Upfield (who make Flora margarine) are sponsoring a new British Standard which aims to define “plant-based food” so as to bring clarity to the market place. BSI Consumer and Public Interest Network (CPIN) are speaking up for consumers in the development of the standard and would like to gather broader responses on what consumers understand by this term, and what they think it ought to mean in the new standard.

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  • Nigel Payne appointed as Operations Manager of PASS

    11 May 2021

    PASS are delighted to announce that Nigel Payne, Public Analyst, has been promoted to the new role of Operations Manager. Nigel brings a wealth of experience to this role, having spent 35 years working in the public analyst field.

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  • Minton Treharne & Davies Ltd Public Analyst involved in second Swansea Trading Standards prosecution

    21 December 2020

    The certificate of a Public Analyst at the Minton Treharne & Davies Ltd laboratory (MTD) has been involved in a Swansea Trading Standards prosecution of another large restaurant chain. Earlier in the year it was highlighted that MTD had reported against meat being presented as lobster in the Italian style restaurant chain "Ask" which was in fact artificially flavoured fish, formed to look like lobster meat. Now, an assessment of a product being used taken with the menu presentation to diners in the form of a certificate, has played an important role in a member of the Miller & Carter steakhouse chain being fined £60,000 for selling lobster dishes in Swansea that contained white fish.

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  • Glasgow Scientific Services win prestigious Covid-19 Response award at Scottish Public Sector Awards Ceremony

    17 December 2020

    Glasgow Scientific Services have won a prestigious Covid-19 Response Award at Scottish Public Sector Awards. The virtual ceremony took place on the 16th December The award was in recognition of the outstanding public health contribution by GSS manufacturing and distributing laboratory grade hand sanitiser products for front-line council and health and social care staff throughout the pandemic. The Scottish Public Service Awards celebrate the daily contribution made to Scotland's civic society from within the civil service, Scottish Government, Scottish Parliament, local government, health and social care sector and the broader public sector.

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  • APA Lab helps expose bleach being sold as a "cure" for Coronavirus

    17 September 2020

    Analysis by the Public Analyst at Kent Scientific Services found that a Coronavirus "cure" being marketed by vendors in the UK contained potentially dangerous levels of chemicals that could cause adverse health effects. The products were described as MMS (Miracle Mineral Solutions) and it was claimed that a drop of each could be put into food to cure various illnesses including Covid. One combination was around 20% Sodium Chlorite and 50% Citric Acid and the other was 20% Sodium Chlorite and 4% Hydrochloric Acid.

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  • High Achievers at Glasgow Scientific Services

    07 July 2020

    Four young scientists at Glasgow Scientific Services who carried out essential work over the last 3 months excel academically.

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