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West Yorkshire Trading
Standards Service

Schools get behind the scenes at Official Food Lab

West Yorkshire’s Public Analyst is opening his doors to local schools. Dr Duncan Campbell, head of the West Yorkshire Analytical Services based at Morley, has invited A-Level Chemistry students to come and see what goes on in a working lab.

The invite is part of plans to celebrate National Chemistry Week (7-16th November), and also to mark the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the opening of a full time Public Analyst’s Laboratory in West Yorkshire.

The national theme of the week is “Chemistry’s Pleasures” and there are a lot of pleasures we owe to chemistry – from our favourite food and drink to enjoying music and television. Even the sensation of pleasure itself is a chemical reaction in our body!

In keeping with the theme Dr Campbell will speak on “The Chemical Analysis of Food - Protecting your Pleasures”. Pupils will also take in a tour of the laboratory and even get to analyse samples from mini-projects started at school.

Duncan Campbell, Public Analyst, said “Official laboratories are not generally open for visits of this sort, but I felt it important to mark this occasion. The visits will allow A-Level students and their teachers to see the application of analytical chemistry in real situations”

Councillor Graham Clarke, Chairman of West Yorkshire Joint Services, said “I am pleased that the event has been organised. Who knows, a future Public Analyst may be one of those enjoying a visit to our headquarters in Morley”.

For further information please contact:

Duncan Campbell, Public Analyst 0113 383 7575
Carol Hallett, General Media Contact 0113 383 6431

Notes to editors:

1 National Chemistry Week is organised every 2 years by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

2 The schools involved are:

Tuesday 11th November:

Wednesday 12th November:

Friday 13th November:

3 Photographs of each school will be taken and can be provided on request

4 West Yorkshire Analytical Services acts as the Public Analyst Laboratory for most of the Yorkshire and Humber region. For the authorities in West Yorkshire alone it analyses around three thousand food samples a year taken by Trading Standards Officers from all types of premises where food is made or sold. Typically one in five of these samples have a labelling or compositional fault. Over the summer analytical development work was carried out to allow for the analysis of Sudan 1, a potentially carcinogenic dye which has been added to some chilli powders.

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