Paul leads a team of scientists of international standing with expertise in safeguarding consumers from exposure to contaminants in food and from product misrepresentation which could have adverse health and economic impacts.
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Paul has extensive experience and expertise in understanding the
vulnerability of the food chain to contamination, whether by accident or
malicious intent. Having participated in several EU projects designed
to better understand the impact of serious contamination events on the
food chain, he has brought to bear skills in emergency planning and
business continuity as well as his analytical chemistry and biosecurity
Paul started his career as an analytical radiochemist working in the
nuclear industry before moving to what is now Fera and developing
expertise in food safety, trace metals analysis, veterinary drug residue
testing, large scale biosecurity enhancement and advanced chemical
analysis using non-targeted approaches, particularly for hazardous
contaminants. Quality control at the “fit for purpose” level is a common
theme across his career and he extended the application of his
knowledge to helping investigations into sports doping issues many years
ago. More recently, he has contributed significantly to a major EU
project on enhancing plant/food chain biosecurity (which included
chemical hazards). Safeguarding the food chain from challenging
contamination events remains an ongoing interest.
With a large range of testing abilities, our multi-disciplinary approach gives an overall view of any food issue you may be facing, providing you with the complete information you need to make the strong decisions needed to address these issues.
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Clarke, D B; Lloyd, A S.; Robb, P. Application of liquid chromatography coupled to time-of-flight mass spectrometry separation for rapid assessment of toxins in Amanita mushrooms. Analytical Methods (2012), 4 (5), 1298-1309.
Charlton, A J., Robb P, Donarski, J A. and Godward, J. Non-targeted detection of chemical contamination in carbonated soft drinks using NMR spectroscopy, variable selection and chemometrics. Analytical Chimica Acta (2008), 618 (2), 196-203.
Castanheira, I., Robb, P., Owen, L., Boer, den. H., Schmit, J.., Ent, H. & Calhau, M.A. A proposal to demonstrate a harmonised quality approach to analytical data production by EuroFIR. Journal of Food Composition and Analysis. (2007) 20 ( 8), 725-732.
Weeks, C.A; Croasdale, M; Osborne, M.A; Hewitt, L; Miller, P.F; Robb, P; Baxter, M;. Warriss, P.D. and Knowles, T.G. Multi-element survey of wild edible fungi and blackberries in the UK. Food Additives and Contaminants (2006) 23(2), 140-147.
Consultancy on emergency planning and specialist analytical approaches.
With many years of experience carrying out pesticides residue testing,
we can assist with any upcoming and emerging issues. The majority of
pesticides can be analysed by multi-residue screening methods.
Our experts focus on the scientific research relating to intentionally added food components and to those arising from chemical changes during food processing, bioactive chemicals and natural toxicants.
Fera's analysts use industry leading techniques and cutting edge
technologies to ensure compliance with food safety regulations,
protecting public health and traceability.
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