St Cross Talk: A History of Food Fraud and Its Detection

Monday, June 18, 2018
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St Cross Talk: A History of Food Fraud and Its Detection
Dr Duncan Campbell (DPhil Soil Solution Chemistry, 1986)

Monday 18 June, 17:30 - 18:30
West Wing Lecture Theatre

Free, all welcome. Book via Eventbrite:

Duncan’s talk will cover the long history of food adulteration from medieval Germany to 19th century America, the pioneers who applied scientific methods to its detection in the 19th century and some modern examples from Britain and further afield.

Duncan was a student member of St Cross College from 1982 to 1985. One of the first students to live at 15 Wellington Square, he helped organise and cook the first Scottish (now Burns) Supper and first College barbecue. At the start of his second year he met Karen who studied for her PGCE at St Cross. They were married in 1988. After his time at St Cross and a period of post-doctoral research, he broadened his horizons to apply chemical analysis to public protection and gained the qualification required to act as a Public Analyst in 1994.

Although small in number, Public Analysts play a key role in enforcing many aspects of food legislation in the UK, directing the analysis of food and providing expert opinion on the results. A leading member of the profession, Duncan has contributed to the wider debate on protecting the public’s interests in relation to food, as well as TV programmes including the second episode of Netflix’s documentary series 'Rotten' which sets out to expose fraud and corruption in today’s global food industry. 

A drinks reception will follow the talk.