Corporate report

Government Chemist: annual review, 2014

Referee casework, research projects and advisory work carried out by the Government Chemist team.


Government Chemist: annual review, 2014

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format.

If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.


This document provides highlights from the referee cases, advisory work and research carried out during the year, including:

  • Food fraud - authenticity featured heavily in our referee casework.

  • Meat speciation - we evaluated the limits of detection of three analytical methods used by Public Analysts.

  • Migration of formaldehyde - referee cases where excess levels of formaldehyde were reported in food contact materials.

  • Timber authenticity - we launch a study to develop the analytical methods required to support new EU timber regulations.

  • Foresight and future work - learn about our horizon scanning activities and our plans for research to gain a better understanding of the fundamental issues of meat identification and quantitation.

Published 16 June 2015