The Association of Public Analysts (also known as the APA) is the professional body for the highly-skilled scientists who make up the front line of the UK's public protection service, where chemical analysis and related tests are needed. The Public Analyst works to ensure the health and safety of the public in relation to food standards, environmental matters and consumer protection.
Last year was the 150th anniversary of the Adulteration of Food and Drink Act. The Act prohibited the adulteration of food and created an offence of knowingly selling food containing an injurious ingredient or material. It also allowed local authorities to appoint an analyst to enforce the Act; it was later legislation that coined the term “Public Analyst”.