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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.