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Illegal Alcohol Testing

January and February 2012

GCMS 3The laboratory and some of the work carried out within it, will be featured in a number of news reports and current affairs programmes during January and February.

These include:

Trading Standards press release

BBC News

Express and Star newspaper

Fake Britain

Central News

Food Inspectors

November and December 2011

Illegal Alcohol Seized

GCMS 2 Staffordshire Scientific Services have been at the centre of a local and nationwide campaign to identify and remove counterfeit and potentially dangerous alcoholic spirit beverages from sale.

Our laboratory has been involved in the rapid testing of a significant quantity of suspect drinks recently seized by, amongst others, Trading Standards organisations of Staffordshire, Stoke-On-Trent and Greater Manchester.

A significant proportion of bottles investigated during this period have failed testing due to either a high/low alcohol content or contamination with industrial chemicals such as methanol, tert-butanol and chloroform which may pose potential harmful effects to the public.

The results of the testing by ourselves and others have resulted in the arrest and detention of a number of individuals responsible for the manufacture and distribution of these illegal products.

As part of our commitment to public protection and increased safety awareness, a number of Scientific Officers, together with Trading Standards Officers and local councillors have taken part in documentary news and current affairs programmes highlighting the dangers of these and other harmful products recently tested here in Staffordshire.

Further downloadable information regarding the services we offer can be found here.

Quality - at the heart of everything we do.

The laboratory is managed at all levels to achieve and maintain a high standard of quality in all aspects of the services we provide. Professionalism and a customer driven service is at the heart of everything we do.

As part of ISO/IEC 17025 quality accreditation we participate in FAPAS, Aquacheck, NETCEN and other European proficiency testing schemes.

Please contact us for more information about the services we can offer, testing advice and a personal business quote

Our Credentials

Staffordshire Scientific Services is a UKAS ISO/IEC 17025 Official UK Food and Agriculture Enforcement laboratory, serving the analytical needs of the UK. Our Public Analysts and highly qualified staff provide reliable scientific testing, advice on legislation and expert witness representation. We are committed to delivering a flexible client driven service to both the public sector and private business.

A comprehensive range of UKAS accredited tests are available within our laboratory and our UKAS flexible scope protocols allows us to develop client driven methods to high specifications.

View our UKAS accreditation schedule here.

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Getting In Touch

Staffordshire Scientific Services
14 Martin Street
Stafford ST16 2LG

T: 01785 277 825 F: 01785 277 812

staffs-scientific@staffordshire.gov.uk

Staffordshire County Council

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A. Staffordshire Scientific Services are now able to offer debit/ credit card payment options at no extra charge. A list of cards currently accepted can be found here. Please contact us for further details.