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LGC Standards first to offer proficiency testing rounds on meat speciation

Date:14 February 2013

These new samples aim to support meat testing laboratories in the wake of the recent horsemeat scandal.
These samples are suitable for any laboratory involved in the analysis and authentication of beef products.

The two new rounds are:
? Determination of equine in bovine meat
? Determination of porcine in bovine meat

LGC Standards is the first PT provider to offer samples for horsemeat in beef, to address the issues arising from the recent public scandal. Following the discovery of horsemeat in a number of ready meals, food retailers in the UK have been told to carry out tests on all processed beef products.

Brian Brookman, Director of Proficiency Testing at LGC Standards said ?We are aware of the increased emphasis on quality assurance within food testing laboratories. The new PT rounds from LGC Standards will allow laboratories carrying out such tests to demonstrate, and improve, the quality of their measurements, thus giving confidence to retailers, consumers and regulators in their test results on beef products.?

For further information, or to enrol on the PT scheme please visit www.lgcpt.com. To download the QMAS application form, click here.

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About LGC Standards

LGC Standards provides products and services to improve measurement and quality control within the laboratory, and is part of LGC, whose LGC Science & Technology Division acts as the UK National Measurement Institute for chemical and bioanalytical measurements. LGC Standards supplies over 100,000 products, including reference materials, pharmaceutical impurity reference standards (produced under ISO Guide 34 accreditation), biological standards and reagents, and proficiency testing. LGC Standards is headquartered in Teddington, Middlesex, UK. Its global centre for excellence in proficiency testing is located in Bury (Greater Manchester). LGC Standards has offices in France, Germany, Italy, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, China, Russia, United Arab Emirates, UK and the US, a joint venture presence in India, and representatives in Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, the Netherlands, Romania and Turkey.

About LGC


LGC is the international science-based company and market leader in analytical, forensic, biotechnology and diagnostic services, as well as diagnostic products, proficiency testing and reference standards. LGC operates in a variety of international markets which underpin the safety, health and security of the public and the regulation of industry, for both public and private sector clients.

LGC has five divisions - LGC Forensics, LGC Genomics, LGC Health Sciences, LGC Standards and LGC Science & Technology. The latter includes specialist laboratories delivering contracts for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and supports LGC's designated role as the UK's National Measurement Institute for chemical and bioanalytical measurement.

Our operations are extensively accredited to international quality standards such as ISO/IEC 17025. With headquarters in Teddington, South West London, the LGC Group employs over 1,700 staff in 36 laboratories and centres globally. The genesis of LGC dates back to 1842, and for more than 100 years it has been home to the UK statutory function of Government Chemist. Formerly the Laboratory of the Government Chemist, LGC was privatised in 1996 and is now majority-owned by funds managed by Bridgepoint.

For further information contact:

Julian Quigley
Press & Communications Officer
LGC
Queens Road
Teddington
Middlesex
TW11 0LY
UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 8943 8491
Email: julian.quigley@lgcgroup.com
www.lgcgroup.com

Amanda Russell

Marketing Manager

LGC Standards

Queens Road, Teddington

Middlesex

TW11 0LY

UK

Tel: +44 (0)20 8943 7412
Fax: +44 (0)20 8943 2767
Email: amanda.russell@lgcstandards.com

For sales enquiries:
Contact LGC Standards Proficiency Testing
Tel: +44 (0)161 762 2500
Fax: +44 (0)161 762 2501
Email: customerservices@lgcpt.com

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