Corporate report

Government Chemist Annual Review 2015

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


Government Chemist Annual Review 2015

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The Government Chemist Annual review provides highlights from the referee cases, advisory work and research carried out during the year, including:

  • meat speciation – determining the provenance of meat in takeaway restaurant dishes
  • illegal dyes in oils – resolving a dispute involving the illegal dye Sudan IV in palm oil.
  • aflatoxins in nuts – evaluating the levels of these toxins in nuts and nut products in referee cases
  • allergens in spices – developing methods to determine the presence of undeclared almond in cumin and paprika
  • jelly cups – assessing the safety of a product that has previously been identified as a choking hazard
  • nanomaterials – developing novel capability for nanoparticle analysis

In addition, the Review outlines our horizon scanning activities which include consultation responses and legislation updates.

Published 26 September 2016