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Available NOW: Metals speciation for Inorganic Arsenic

There are two different forms of arsenic: organic and inorganic- and Columbia Labs tests for both. Inorganic arsenic is highly toxic and is therefore a public health concern; the organic form (commonly found in fish and seafood) is less harmful. The main source of exposure to inorganic arsenic is food; particularly grain-based processed products such
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Updated Analysis: Allergen Testing: More Savings, More flexibility

Allergen testing at Columbia Labs just got more affordable. Columbia Laboratories now offers allergen testing as either qualitative or quantitative, to cut costs and encourage routine monitoring. Allergens infiltrate the food supply at several control points, so routine testing of products AND their environment is KEY to keeping them out of your product line. Allergens
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Legionella Testing in Water

Protect your community and business against Legionaires’ disease outbreaks by monitoring water regularly for Legionella. Columbia Laboratories now offers TNI accredited Legionella testing in water. Columbia Laboratories offers a suite of water and environmental testing, and Legionella testing is key to continuing to protect communities. Should I test for Legionella? Any water system, with the
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Columbia Laboratories is CDPHE Certified!

After nearly a year of rigorous validations, on site audits and method review, Columbia Laboratories joined the short list of qualified testing laboratories. “Our Colorado clients have been very patient as we ensured proficiency and compliance while completing this accreditation process,” said Kelly O’Connor, sales director for Columbia Labs. “We made sure we have all
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Columbia earns Emerald Badges for Cannabis Testing Proficiency

2021 Fall Emerald badges are in, and Columbia Laboratories has seven new badges to add to their list of achievements. “It’s fantastic to see cannabis testing evolve for specificity and safety,” Derrick Tanner, GM of Columbia Laboratories. “We have always put consumer welfare at the forefront of our work and are glad to be able
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Cannabis Shelf/ Stability Studies

  Ensure shelf stability and longevity of your products with a shelf-life study at Columbia Labs! Shelf-life studies have been a staple of food safety in America for decades and are rising as a regulatory requirement across several emerging industries, especially cannabis and hemp-infused products needing to qualify for import, export and consumption. Columbia has
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Kratom Alkaloid Profile Expanded, Validated safety testing

Columbia Laboratories offers reliable, comprehensive contaminant and quality Kratom testing with an 8-business day turnaround time. Kratom Potency Testing Kratom quality, or “potency,” is measured by quantitation of distinct alkaloids. Kratom “potency” testing can be performed on a variety of matrices, from leaf material and extracts to tinctures and gummies. As of 2021, Columbia Labs
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Beta Glucans Testing is now available

Columbia Laboratories now offers quantitative testing for yeast and mushrooms! As the premier consumer safety laboratory in the Pacific Northwest for more than 30 years, Columbia Labs brings rock solid scientific fundamentals to the functional mushroom industry. “We are excited to offer this for our diverse clients who are pushing market doors open with innovative
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Plant Based Meat Alternatives- Testing considerations

With the rise of plant-based meats in the market, the team at Columbia Labs has compiled key considerations for safety and quality testing: Plant-based ingredients have different levels and forms of macronutrients than their animal counterparts Carbohydrates in milk is lactose, in meat is glycogen and in pea its soy. These different components affect spoilage
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New efficacy test for veterinary disinfectants

Laboratorio Control, a reference partner of numerous companies for the analysis of biocidal products, implements a new efficacy test for disinfectants used on the skin in the veterinary industry.   > NEW PHASE 2,2 SKIN TEST FOR VETERINARY INDUSTRY (PT3). PR standard NF EN 17422:2019. The launch of this new quantitative surface efficacy test focuses
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In which foods are furan and its methyl analogs present?

In a recent recommendation, the European Commission calls for the determination of furan and methylfurans. These are process contaminants that form in food during thermal treatment. Consumers ingest furan particularly through coffee and cereal-based foods, but young children are also exposed to furan through jarred or canned ready-to-eat foods. According to the European Food Safety
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Laboratorio Control expands ENAC scope in food and animal feed

Laboratorio Control continues with its work plan focused on offering a wide range of analytical services under ENAC accreditation.   On this occasion, Laboratorio Control expands the ENAC scope in food and feed with the accreditation of mould and yeast count by culture according to ISO 21527-1 and 21527-2. Moulds and yeasts are one of
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Adalimumab – blockbuster & never ending story

Resolved patent disputes With Abbvie and Alvotech having solved their patent disputes, market entry for new biosimilars for adalimumab applicable for various indications might speed up. The patent protection of the originator product  Humira ® has expired in the EU in 2017, though due to complex patent claim development and market launch of non-component material
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Shock for manufacturer of substance-based medical devices

Long awaited, widely feared and stunningly received: The newly published MDCG document 2022-05 poses already suspected and yet very considerable challenges to medical device manufacturers of substance-based medical devices. While the Medical Device Regulation (MDR) 2017 still supported and thus legitimised this type of medical device with the official designation of “substances and combinations of
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Infusion from coffee leaves – Authorization as novel food

On occasion of the current discussions in DIN Tea, we would like to inform about “coffee leaf tea”. In addition to coffee cherry pulp (see News from 02-2022), the European Union has authorized an infusion from coffee leaves as a novel food (traditional food from a third country) in the EU. This product can already
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Laboratorio Kudam obtains Norovirus and Hepatitis A analyses accreditation

Laboratorio Kudam obtains ENAC accreditation for Norovirus and Hepatitis A testing in certain foods and bottled water. Tests are performed using the real-time PCR technique. Laboratorio Kudam continues its commitment to quality and the continuous improvement of all its analytical services and has therefore extended its ENAC accreditation for the following microbiological tests in food
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New Management at bilacon GmbH

For more than 30 years, bilacon has been supporting customers in the field of food, feed, food supplements and cosmetics with an extensive, accredited analytical spectrum. bilacon combines the competences of sensory, instrumental, chemical-physical, and microbiological analysis under one roof and answers all questions concerning the safety of your products. In April 2022, the management
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Fumigants – a more curse than a blessing? Are there alternatives?

The use of ethylene oxide in cereal products and spices repeatedly leads to massive recalls in the international trade. Due to the strict requirements regarding phytosanitary import controls, fumigants are currently the only effective alternative to prevent the introduction and spread of pests from importing countries. Thus, fumigation of containers for shipment, as well as
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Laboratorio Kudam expands ENAC scope in food, fertilisers and soils

Laboratorio Kudam makes a significant expansion in its scope of accreditation for physicochemical testing and pesticide residue analysis in wines and soils, focusing on quality and continuous improvement of all its analytical services: Pesticides, Nutritional, Allergens and PCR. For this reason, the following tests have recently been accredited (Exp. No. 324/LE670): Microbiological: Detection of Norovirus
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