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Government Chemist analysts discuss science of food safety

Scientists working in the food sector can receive best practice advice on food analysis during a free eSeminar series.


The expertise and knowledge behind advanced food safety analysis generated through the Government Chemist programme will be shared during a free online seminar series, ‘Advances in Food Safety Analysis’.

The series features a range of food safety experts and covers the detection and characterisation of contaminants, food chain quality, adulteration detection and authenticity.

Malcolm Burns, principal scientist and special adviser to the Government Chemist, will explain the role of DNA and real-time PCR for GMO analysis during his presentation. He will introduce some of the key concepts in best measurement practice guidelines through the use of reference materials and involvement in external quality assessment exercises. He will also explore some of the analytical issues surrounding GMO analysis and will summarise by providing a tool-kit and resources to help support best measurement practice guidance in this area.

Michael Walker, consultant science manager and referee analyst for the Government Chemist programme, will outline why food allergen detection is a priority area for the food sector. He will outline developments in regulation and the implications for businesses and regulators. Michael will outline the techniques that are available for analysis, the need for method validation and the requirement for well characterised control materials to aid quality control. Michael concludes with some advice on results interpretations and supply chain security.

The eSeminar series has been organised by Separation Science and is free to register. Presentations will be broadcast on:

  • 16 September, 9am or 4pm: Malcolm Burns - GMO Analysis and Best Measurement Practice

  • 23 September, 9am or 4pm: Michael Walker - Quality Assurance and Results Interpretation in Allergen Analysis

For the full programme of speakers, visit the Separation Science website.

Published 15 September 2014