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We’ve been working within the science sector since 2015 when we formed a joint venture with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to operate the Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera).

Fera provides scientific services to government, academia and commercial customers, such as food retailers and manufacturers of crop protection products, in the UK and overseas. It specialises in translating scientific knowledge into practical applications, such as helping to ensure food safety and quality ‘from farm to fork’, food authenticity (eg, Manuka honey), sustainable crop production, environmental management and conservation. It also plays a key role in the UK's ability to respond to, and recover from, emergency situations affecting the food chain and rural economy and has a global reputation for food science expertise.

As the National Reference Laboratory and the world’s leading Laboratory Proficiency Assessor across many scopes of food, feed and water safety and purity, Fera’s data is relied upon for quality assurance across the food chain.

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