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  • New British Standard for Plant Based Foods

    23 July 2020

    A recent Which? conversation on plant-based milk showed that a lot of people are interested in incorporating more plant-based foods into their or their family’s diets. Well aware of this trend, the food industry is gearing up to meet growing demand, and Upfield (who make Flora margarine) are sponsoring a new British Standard which aims to define “plant-based food” so as to bring clarity to the market place. BSI Consumer and Public Interest Network (CPIN) are speaking up for consumers in the development of the standard and would like to gather broader responses on what consumers understand by this term, and what they think it ought to mean in the new standard.

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  • MTD Public Analyst appears on BBC Wales consumer programme "X-Ray" focussing on Natasha's Law

    26 October 2021

    Alastair Low, Public Analyst at Minton Treharne and Davies Ltd appeared on the Welsh consumer programme "X-Ray" on night of Monday 25th October which focusses on Natasha's Law.

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  • Kent Laboratory features in Channel 5 show "Shoplifters & Scammers: At War with the Law

    20 October 2021

    Kent Scientific Services have been involved in some filming for a Channel 5 program "Shoplifters & Scammers: At War with the Law" which focussed on food fraud. Public Analyst Jon Griffin was interviewed for by the film crew, and there was filming of testing such as cigarette analysis and spirit authenticity.

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  • Microbiological survey addresses knowledge gaps in microbial quality of beef mince sold in Scotland.

    03 August 2021

    Concerned by a trend for rare burgers and the number of outbreaks associated with beef mince contaminated with pathogenic bacteria ,Food Standards Scotland commissioned a survey to establish a baseline for the microbiological quality of fresh beef mince from retail outlets across Scotland .

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  • Nigel Payne appointed as Operations Manager of PASS

    11 May 2021

    PASS are delighted to announce that Nigel Payne, Public Analyst, has been promoted to the new role of Operations Manager. Nigel brings a wealth of experience to this role, having spent 35 years working in the public analyst field.

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  • Minton Treharne & Davies Ltd Public Analyst involved in second Swansea Trading Standards prosecution

    21 December 2020

    The certificate of a Public Analyst at the Minton Treharne & Davies Ltd laboratory (MTD) has been involved in a Swansea Trading Standards prosecution of another large restaurant chain. Earlier in the year it was highlighted that MTD had reported against meat being presented as lobster in the Italian style restaurant chain "Ask" which was in fact artificially flavoured fish, formed to look like lobster meat. Now, an assessment of a product being used taken with the menu presentation to diners in the form of a certificate, has played an important role in a member of the Miller & Carter steakhouse chain being fined £60,000 for selling lobster dishes in Swansea that contained white fish.

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