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Colorado to level up Hemp Testing by July; Columbia Labs is prepared. CL meets various state and country’s testing requirements.

CDPHE New Hemp Rules In February, Colorado adopted new requirements for hemp-derived products. The rules are in effect as of April 14, 2021 and the testing requirements commence July 1, 2021.  The testing updates include additional residual solvents, heavy metals, micro-organisms an extended list of pesticides. Columbia Laboratories currently offers the standards in-house and is
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Potency: Now 3 Day TAT with 20 Cannabinoids. More data, faster TAT- same price.

Now you get 20 cannabinoids on the standard potency profile for all cannabis matrices at Columbia Laboratories- for the same great price!  “We have validated an additional 5 analytes with clear resolution to bolster the advancing science of cannabinoid minors,” said Kelly O’Connor, business development. “The additional data helps define controversial peaks, such as Delta
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Sodium vs Salt: Nutritional Facts Labeling Update

The FDA is allowing for label changes for sodium substitutes. The goal is to improve public health as sodium consumption continues to be above recommended intakes in the United States.  Manufacturers are formulating products to reduce sodium content by using potassium chloride as a substitute ingredient for some sodium chloride.  So, the FDA has taken
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Streamlined vitamin and nutritional analyses – faster, efficient and more precise.

Beginning April 1,2021, Vitamins testing and Nutritional testing will be automated and extracted simultaneously, streamlining the procedure and increasing precision- due to the addition of Ankom Flex analyte extractors.  Analytes on the list:  Retinol Beta-Carotene Cholesterol Tocopherols Vitamin D  And that is just the start. Future method developments for automated extraction include Vitamin K, and
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Free Amino Acids testing is now available in Cannabis/CBD crossover matrices

As the Infused Product market grows, so does the need for accurate nutritional analysis, specifically for cannabis-extract-infused products, which have unique interferences and considerations.  Columbia bridges the gap of nutritional and cannabis testing by validating nutritional analysis in specific types of infused matrices.  The latest in nutritional developments is the offer for Free Amino Acids
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New Hires lead to New Methods

Jonathan Bousselaire joins the Columbia Environmental Analyst II team, and hits the ground running with Waste-Water method developments- available this spring. Jon brings more than 15 years of testing expertise to the Columbia Team, specializing in data validation and environmental compliance. “We are making quick progress developing a method that combines Organochlorine Pesticides and PCBs, for waste-water,
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Updated Forms, Faster TAT and Price Drop

ANNOUNCEMENT: Fresh Forms, Faster TAT and Lower Pricing Environmental testing is faster, lower priced, and easier to request. “We lowered the cost of almost all analysis and have several options for turnaround times,” James Forrest, Environmental Department Manager. “Water testing is necessary for quality public health, so everyone should have access to reliable testing.” Sample
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Regulation Station: Oregon (OLCC, OHA, ODA)

The OLCC announces that D8 is not allowed into Oregon Recreational Dispensary Market… Because commercial-scale use of Delta-8 is so new, the short-term and longterm health effects of Delta-8 and the other chemical byproducts are unknown. Additionally, allowing the unchecked conversion of CBD into Delta-9 would dramatically impact the OLCClicensed marijuana marketplace by undercutting the
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Tentamus establishes TentaStart for medical device start-up companies

The presentation of the processes around the Medical Device Regulation (MDR), which will now become valid on 26 May 2021 after a one-year postponement, is complex and not always transparent, especially for young market participants (company founders, university start-ups or spin-offs, small manufacturers).   The TentaStart model of the Tentamus Group is specifically tailored for
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Yellow mealworm receives approval as Novel Food

According to Regulation (EU) 2015/2283, novel foods are foods that were not used for any significant amount of consumption in the EU before May 15, 1997, and belong to a specific food category. These categories include, for example: Foods that consist of microorganisms, algae or fungi; Foods that consist of engineered nanomaterials; or Foods with
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Minerva scientific expands its honey adulteration testing capabilities

(Derby, UK) Honey has been reported as one of the top 10 most adulterated food commodities. It is a diverse natural product sourced globally and traded internationally and, as a high-value commodity, it may be targeted by fraudsters who extend the product for commercial gains using cheaper sugar syrups.   Minerva Scientific, the UKs leading
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VelaLabs now member of the new industry association BIOTECH AUSTRIA

Biotech Austria – the first specific branch association At the 10th of December Biotech Austria was founded as the first association for the biotechnology industry in Austria. The association was founded on an initiative by board members of APEIRON Biologics AG, Haplogen Bioscience GmbH, Hookipa Pharma GmbH and Lexogen GmbH. Targets of Biotech Austria The
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Is there a health risk from pesticide residues on cut flowers?

To prevent cut flowers from being eaten by pests while they are still growing in the fields or greenhouses, they are often treated with pesticides to protect them. The use of pesticides is permitted. But what does this mean for consumers who have such flowers at home?   New evaluations from the BfR have been
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Techni’Sens joins the Tentamus Network!

La Rochelle, 03.05.2021 (Please find here the french version)   Tentamus is thrilled to welcome Techni’Sens as its newest member of the global network of laboratories.   Jérémy Picherit, CEO of Techni’Sens is excited: “it was our goal to find a strategic and international partner who follows a similar entrepreneurial spirit as we do. With
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How do Salmonella get into food supplements?

Food supplements based on plants can be contaminated with salmonella. Recently, food supplements were recalled from the market because of a possible contamination with salmonella and that poses a health risk to the consumer.   What are the symptoms?   A salmonella infection often leads to the following symptoms: diarrhoea, abdominal pain, headache, vomiting, malaise
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Testing water quality is essential after 6 months lockdown

Due to the Corona measures hotels and accommodation establishments were closed over the last 6 months, in some areas even longer. Rooms, gyms, spas were not used and therefore water outlets were not rinsed regularly. Water tests are essential in safety concepts As a result, both in hot and cold water, germ reproduction occurs, especially
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Coconut blossom sugar – a new sweetener

Coconut blossom sugar is obtained from nectar of the coconut palm and has become increasingly popular in recent years. This leads to increased demand and quality control. The popularity of coconut blossom sugar can be traced back to its lower glycemic index compared to conventional household sugar. The glycemic index indicates how quickly the blood
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