The analysis of food, to ascertain whether foodstuffs comply with current compositional and labelling requirements, is carried out by the Authority's appointed Public Analyst, Public Analyst Scientific Services in Wolverhampton.
The Food Team carries out routine sampling and also sampling of complaint samples. In general, complaint items will only be sent for analysis/examination where formal action might be contemplated.
The sampling program concentrates on areas where we believe there may be problems, but also checks Pembrokeshire manufacturers and other suppliers .
Food that may be checked include:
Where foods fail to comply with legal standards follow up visits will be made to investigate possible reasons for failure, and the premises will be targeted during subsequent programmes.
If significant fraud, safety issues or consumer prejudice are suspected, formal action may be taken. Typically around 10% of targeted samples do not to conform to set standards,and these are often where the labelling does not reflect the true composition of food.