Agenda Item No


The Vale of Glamorgan Council


Cabinet Meeting - 21st September 2011


Report of the Cabinet Member for Legal and Public Protection


Appointment of Additional Public/Agricultural Analyst


Purpose of the Report

1.             The purpose of this report is to seek Cabinet approval to appoint an additional Public/ Agricultural Analyst and Deputy Public/Agricultural Analyst for the Council.


1.             That John Anthony Robinson of Minton Treharne and Davies Ltd is appointed as a Public/ Agricultural Analyst for the Council under the Food Safety Act 1990 and the Agriculture Act 1970.

2.             That Martin Brian Dalling and Susanne Brookes both of Minton Treharne and Davies Ltd are appointed as Deputy Public /Agricultural Analysts for the Council under the Food Safety Act 1990 and the Agriculture Act 1970.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.             To ensure the Council’s compliance with the Food Safety Act 1990 and the Agriculture Act 1970. 

2.             To provide additional service resilience.


2.             In March 2011 the Cabinet approved Alistair Low of Cardiff Scientific Services as the Council's Public and Agricultural Analyst.   The position is a statutory, personal appointment required of all Local Authorities by virtue of the Food Safety Act 1990 (food samples) and the Agriculture Act 1970 (animal feeding stuffs and fertiliser samples).

Relevant Issues and Options

3.             Whilst it is anticipated that Cardiff Scientific Services will continue to be the main Public Analyst provider to the Council, it is proposed that to provide additional resilience during a food safety incident and increase the range of food/feedingstuffs tests which can be accessed by the Council, a back up Public Analyst is appointed.   

4.             The statutory qualification for the role of Public/Agricultural Analyst is a Mastership in Chemical Analysis (M.Chem.A)

5.             There are thirty-one Public Analyst Laboratories in the UK only two of which are located in Wales - Cardiff Scientific Services and Minton Treharne and Davies. 

6.             Minton Treharne and Davies Ltd of Croescadam Close, Pentwyn, Cardiff CF23 8HF undertake the analysis of food and agricultural samples and are authorised by other local authorities in Wales to carry out this work.  It would therefore be appropriate for them to be appointed as Public/Agricultural Analysts to this Council.  

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment and Climate Change, if appropriate)

7.             Provision is made in the Public Protection revenue budget for the analysis of food and agricultural samples.  Public analysts charge for the analysis of samples against a schedule of charges.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

8.             There are no legal implications as a result of this report.

Crime and Disorder Implications

9.             Effective enforcement of the Council’s responsibilities under the Food Safety Act 1990 and Agriculture Act 1970 will help protect the community from misdescribed, sub-standard and harmful products.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

10.        There are no equal opportunities implications arising out of this report.

Corporate/Service Objectives

11.        The appointment of a further Public Analyst will contribute to the Corporate Objective of Health, Social Care and Wellbeing  - ' To work with partners to meet the diverse needs of our residents in ways that will safeguard and support those who are most vulnerable and in greatest need; help people to keep  fit and healthy; and increase social cohesion and equality of opportunity for all.’  It will also contribute toward the following service objective:-

·               To improve the health of citizens and encourage healthy lifestyles.

Policy Framework and Budget

12.        This report is a matter for Executive decision by the Cabinet.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

13.        Individual Ward Member consultation is not appropriate as the proposal will potentially affect all wards.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

14.        Housing and Public Protection

Background Papers


Contact Officer

Kate Thompson, Principal Regulatory Services Officer 01446 709356


Officers Consulted

R Price, Legal

R Ingram, Finance

D Sanders, Principal Trading Standards Officer

C Roberts Kinsey, Senior Trading Standards Officer

A Billinghurst, Head of Public Protection


Responsible Officer:

Peter H Evans, Director of Legal, Public Protection and Housing Services