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LC-MSMS, chromatography, immunoassays, spectroscopy, microbial inhibition test, isotope ratio test
Analysis for food contaminants, pesticide residues, veterinary drug residues, metals, mycotoxins, process contaminants, natural toxins, allergens, nutritional content, vitamins, species, variety, geographic origin, authenticity, adulteration
Advice for laboratories: new testing technology, analytical method development and validation, investment plans, business planning, capital purchases
Advice for food companies: surveillance testing strategies and policies, risk-based targeting of testing, horizon scanning, choice of tests and laboratories, interpretation of results, follow-up actions and investigations, incident control, audit of laboratories, audit of allergen segregation controls
Advice for regulators: design of national residue surveillance plans, independent evaluation of R&D project proposals and reports, audit of laboratories
Training: Laboratory capacity-building programmes, both on-site and classroom based training
My expertise is in the fields of analytical testing of food for contaminants or authenticity. I come from a background managing a large commercial laboratory testing food and consumer goods, which was also the EU-designated UK National Reference Laboratory for some pesticides, veterinary residues, mycotoxins and trace metals analysis. I have been a member of independent UK-government advisory committees; both on Pesticide Residues in Food and on the Veterinary Residues Committee. I have also acted as a laboratory expert on EC Food & Veterinary Office inspection missions for veterinary medicine controls, both in the EU and worldwide.
More recently, my work has been more focussed on food authenticity testing (e.g. species/variety, country of origin, organic production). Working with major food retailers to liaise with laboratories, advise on testing technologies, what can (and, more importantly, cannot) be achieved by testing, interpretation of results, follow-up actions for “unusual” results, and how testing strategy should fit into the overall supply chain assurance policy.
I also continue to be involved in EU-sponsored capacity-building and training programmes for developing laboratory testing capability and residue-control programmes in developing countries which export food to the EU.