The latest review of the Government Chemist (GC) presents an account of LGCs analytical, advisory and strategic work for the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) during 2004. An overview of the years achievements, the review shows significant growth in the role of the GC and the subsequent benefits for government, businesses and consumers.
The review focuses on the GCs three main responsibilities: its statutory referee function to provide evidence to resolve differences arising from analytical measurements made by businesses and regulatory enforcement bodies; its advisory role to government and industry on matters of policy, standards and regulation; and LGCs analytical and technological capabilities required to support the GC function effectively.
Dr John Marriott, Government Chemist and LGC’s Director of Analytical Technology, said: "It has been a busy year for the Government Chemist. As the referee analyst, we experienced a 79% increase in samples received under food and agriculture legislation, associated with the safety, authenticity or labelling of food products. One of the issues investigated concerned the amount of viable bacteria in probiotic food supplements that led to the product being removed from the market to be reformulated. Other challenges included the identification of irradiated food, the determination of mycotoxins in feeds, and the understanding of the variability in the determination of calcium concentration in fortified soya milk. On the advisory side, we have taken a lead on regulatory guidance for UK businesses during industry preparations for the EUs REACH chemical testing scheme."
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