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  • Analysis reveals dangerous cosmetics.

    15 May 2024

    Work at Kent Scientific Services carried out under the direction of Public Analyst Jon Griffin established that five of items bought from a site on eBay contained either hydroquinone or corticosteroids. Pure White Dark Spot Corrector Serum contained both but did not list them as ingredients. The serum contained 10% hydroquinone. This is five times the limit that was allowed in cosmetics before a complete European ban in 2001. Following a four-year investigation by Southwark Council’s Trading Standards team Musiliu Olatunji Badejo, pleaded guilty to selling the banned cosmetics in April.

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  • Reading moves to Birmingham

    09 January 2024

    After a hiatus of several years the MChemA residential training course resumed at its new location at the University of Birmingham to compliment the online evening lectures currently being offered to MChemA candidates and other interested parties. A packed schedule was provided which offered lectures in topics such as DNA analysis and Food Law as well as practical lessons in microscopy.

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  • 165 Years Ago Today…

    31 October 2023

    Bradford, like many rapidly growing towns of the day, suffered from poor air quality particularly in winter. Peppermint lozenges gave some temporary relief, even if the sugar was often partly replaced with plaster of Paris (daft). On this occasion, with the pharmacist ill in bed, the sweet maker was supplied with 12 lbs of white arsenic powder by the apprentice rather than the usual adulterant. Part of the batch of sweets was sold by Humbug Billy from a stall on Green market.

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  • Certificate and Report Course

    16 October 2023

    This in-person event for MChemA candidates is being provided as part of a new FSA-funded programme delivered by the Government Chemist.

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  • New JAPA Papers will now be available on main APA website

    12 October 2023

    The latest Journal of the Association of Public Analysts paper now available on main APA website

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  • Food for Thought: Fera's Science in a Changing Landscape

    07 October 2023

    Food for Thought: Fera's Science in a Changing Landscape This free, in person event includes keynote talks from Sir Tim Smit - Co-founder of Eden Project on day 1 and Professor Gideon Henderson - Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) on day two. The event takes place on the 8th & 9th November

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