APA News

  • Successful prosecution against man who claimed to cure cancer with food.

    24 April 2018

    Worcestershire Public Analyst, Paul Hancock, on behalf of London Borough of Camden Trading Standards, provided analysis and expert opinion to assist in the conviction of Errol Denton. Mr Denton claimed to be able to cure a number of diseases including cancer, with just a simple blood test and changes to diet.

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  • Public Analysts’ Reports – Then and Now

    28 March 2018

    For many years it was a requirement that Public Analysts made a quarterly report to local councillors. The illustration, reproduced courtesy of the West Yorkshire Archive Service, is an extract from the minute book of the Leeds Sanitary Committee and shows the samples analysed by Thomas Fairley, Leeds first Public Analyst, in the quarter ending 31st December 1873. Mr Fairley commented that “The sample of bread was of inferior quality, but no proofs of adulteration were found” and “Three of the samples of tea were tolerably good, the other contained about three percent of impurity” On the 22nd of March Duncan Campbell, Thomas Fairley’s successor as Public Analyst for Leeds (and the other Districts in West Yorkshire), presented his last report to the West Yorkshire Joint Services Committee

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  • Closure of Staffordshire Scientific Services

    27 March 2018

    The Staffordshire Public Analyst laboratory closed its doors to new samples before Christmas. Now that the work is complete, the equipment has been sold off, the staff have been dispersed and the interior of the building has been gutted.

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  • APA Conference News - Annual Dinner

    26 March 2018

    APA President Jon Griffin has announced that the APA the annual dinner will be held at the Principality Stadium in Wales on the evening of Friday the 26th of October.

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  • Invitation to attend OCL Workshop on Process Contaminants at Fera NRL

    04 March 2018

    This one day OCL Workshop will cover Process Contaminants. For this Workshop, more than one member of staff is welcome from each OCL.

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  • Breakdown of the Regulatory System

    22 February 2018

    As meat products are withdrawn from sale, and cash-strapped councils struggle to enforce standards, the regulatory system is breaking down. So writes Felicity Lawrence, a Guardian special correspondent and author of Not on the Label: What Really Goes into the Food on your Plate in her recent article "We're entitled to eat safe meat. Why has that become such a lottery

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