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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:
aflatoxins - evaluating the levels of these toxins in seeds, spices and nuts
food authenticity - assessing geographical origin and botanical source of honey
allergens - analysing sulphites in food containing interfering ingredients such as garlic
quantifying protein allergens - assessing the recovery of proteins from processed food for immunoassay and mass spectromety analysis
horizon scanning - identifying adjustments which might be required in the Government Chemist programme so it can deliver against longer-term changes
knowledge transfer and dissemination - summary of events and activities undertaken to maximise the reach of the work performed by the Government Chemist team
In addition, the Review outlines our regulatory advisory activities which include consultation responses and legislation updates.