Monday, January 28, 2013

Future Economy - export & high tech

Export is vital to the future growth of the UK economy. Liverpool Chamber and its members, Glow New Media and Greyhound Chromatography discuss how they worked together to achieve high growth export using ecommerce and high tech products to access global markets, from Brazil to Pakistan.

Friday, January 25, 2013

4th International Symposium on Beryllium attended by High Purity Standards

4th International Symposium on Beryllium

Dr. Erica Cahoon and Cheryl Hicks of High Purity Standards attended the 4th International Symposium on Beryllium Particulates and Their Detection in Colorado from October 1st-4th October 2012.

The main topics for discussions were Chronic Beryllium Disease (CBD), the prevention of beryllium related illness and the detection and identification of beryllium and beryllium containing compounds. CBD is a disease caused from the body’s sensitization to beryllium after exposure to these particulates. There is currently no medical cure for CBD, making preventative actions most important.

Beryllium particulates occur as a result of the natural abundance in the environment and by anthropogenic contaminants. Current sampling methods discussed were ghost wipes, beryllium wipes and air particulate analysis. The most common analytical instrumentation implemented within laboratories are inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES), inductively coupled mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and an introduction to optical fluorescence was showcased to demonstrate the competing limits of detection compared to ICP methods. Different statistical methods for data analysis were introduced.

The value of laboratory accreditation, training and quality assurance were emphasized. An overall goal of this symposium is to develop standard methodology for the analytical analysis of beryllium.

Currently, High Purity Standards provides high-fired spiked beryllium filters for in house and inter- laboratory quality assurance testing. High Purity Standards is Guide 34 accredited and manufactures a wide range of certified reference materials to meet the needs of beryllium testing laboratories and analytical laboratories worldwide.

High Purity standards are supplied by Greyhound Chromatography and Allied Chemicals, 6 Kelvin Park, Birkenhead, Merseyside, CH41 1LT

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Fera and Waters officially open the First Food Safety Training Facility in the UK

The Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) and Waters (Milford, Massachusetts, USA) have officially opened the first food safety training facility (York, UK), the first of its kind in Europe. Fera is an executive agency of the UK government’s Department for environment, food and rural affairs (Defra).

The public–private partnership was formed to tackle the increased risk posed by food imports into Europe. Exports and imports of food into Europe are currently valued at £690 billion ($1 trillion US) each year. The value of imports into Europe is set to increase rapidly with growing populations, increased urbanization, competition for water and climate change.

Food security is a historical issue – the rising price of bread was one of the triggers for the French Revolution. According to the presentation given by Tim Benton, UK Champion for Global Food Security and a Professor at Leeds University (Leeds, UK) at the opening, a huge 40% of food is wasted each year. He also stated that year on year, the number of localized crop failures because of extreme weather conditions (driven by climate change) is going to become a more common occurrence.

This volatility will lead to greater variability in the value of food and the resourcing of quality food- food safety; authenticity, origin and quality will be under threat according to Benton.

According to Brian Smith, Vice-President of MS Business Operations, Waters, much of the food imported to the EU is from countries with little or no infrastructure for testing food safety to the standards required. A significant number of food safety cases reported each year are associated with imported foodstuffs.

This training facility will provide the opportunity for analysts from outside the EU to be trained in the latest methods and how to use state-of-the-art equipment. The facility has the capacity to provide training for 200 professionals a year. The focus in the first year will be on pesticide residues, veterinary drug residues and mycotoxins.

Fera Chief Executive, Adrian Belton, commented; “We welcome this opportunity to be able to pass on our expertise in food analytical testing. This is underpinned by over 30 years scientific experience in the area, together with detailed knowledge of current and emerging regulations, and internationally recognized quality standards. All of our food analysis work is carried out in modern laboratories by highly trained scientists, using state-of-the-art analytical equipment.”

Greyhound Chromatography and Allied chemicals supply a wide range of ULC/MS solvents to support testing and analysis in the following sectors: Environemntal, Petrochemical, Food, Forensics, Chemical and Pharmaceutical.  

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