Tox Tuesday: Opioid abuse in the United Kingdom

U.S. President Donald Trump declared the ongoing opioid crisis a national emergency last week, following the urging of his Commission on Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, which stated that about 142 Americans die daily of a drug overdose.

But while the U.S. might be dealing with the most severe opioid crisis in the world […]

Tox Tuesday: Pure cocaine on the rise in the United Kingdom

We’ve written previously about how drugs involved in the opioid epidemic, such as carfentanil and the deadly mixture known as “gray death,” are getting stronger. But opioids are not the only drugs on the street that are becoming more potent.

In the United Kingdom, authorities are warning that cocaine is being sold at increasingly high […]

Lab M gains ISO 17025 accreditation from UKAS

The quality control laboratory of Lab M’s facilities in Heywood, UK, has been granted ISO 17025:2005 accreditation by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).

Lab M’s schedule of accreditation covers both the physical and microbiological performance testing of the company’s ready-to-use Pinnacle™ media range. The five methods that were accredited include pH, sterility, fill volume, […]

Increased drug testing in UK includes ‘legal highs’

Europe’s working class may need to start being on their best behavior as workplace drug testing is on the rise in the United Kingdom (UK), according to a recently published article in BBC News. Not only are the number and frequency of tests rising, but employers are also starting to test for more “legal highs” […]

Experts eye imported eggs as source of Salmonella outbreak in England

A recent outbreak of Salmonella in England has led authorities to issue warnings concerning the use of imported eggs.

Reports have identified the strain of Salmonella responsible for outbreak as Salmonella enteritidis PT14b, a strain of particular concern to the egg industry. The strain has not been found in eggs in the United Kingdom (UK), […]

Why do Americans refrigerate their eggs?

If you live in North America, you’re probably used to finding your eggs next to the milk in refrigerated containers and behind glass doors in the supermarket. But if you live in, or have ever traveled over to the United Kingdom (UK), you may be a little lost. Nestled somewhere in the aisles amongst other […]

Chilling is cool, others are not: FSA survey looks at perceptions of meat treatments

Much of consumers’ resistance to new decontamination techniques for meat may stem from the lack of adequate information on the procedures, according to a new study from the United Kingdom’s (U.K.) Food Standards Agency (FSA).

More than 2,000 people from around the U.K. participated in the survey, which was part of FSA’s program to reduce […]

FSA reports second wave of species identification test results

Additional results have come in under a United Kingdom-wide testing program for horse meat in beef products.

So far, more than 99 percent (or 3,599 samples) of samples tested contained no horse DNA “at or above the level of 1 percent.” Less than 1 percent (35 results) of samples tested contained horse DNA at or […]

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Ayrshire testing firm leads safety checks against horse meat – Ayrshire Post

Neogen’s horse species identification test gets a news mention.

Neogen launches gliadin and sesame tests in Reveal […]

FSA reports initial species identification test results, testing expands across Europe

Testing of beef for horse DNA still is underway in the United Kingdom (U.K.), as calls to test expand throughout Europe.

Of the 2501 samples tested so far in the U.K., 2472, or roughly 99 percent, came back negative for horse DNA and 29 samples, or about 1 percent, came back positive. About 950 tests […]