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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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CL in the community: Engage, Educate, Equity

EQUITY: Columbia Laboratories sponsors the Cannabis Equity Act- in Legislature NOW. The Oregon Cannabis Equity Act provides equal opportunity for Black, Indigenous, and Latinex ownership in the growing cannabis industry and invests in communities disproportionately impacted by over policing and cannabis criminalization. https://cannabisequityoregon.com/ ENGAGE: Meet Columbia in person at the CBD EXPO Midwest! April 9-10
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Free Well Water Testing For Oregonians Impacted by Wildfires

Get your OHA Voucher and submit well-water samples to Columbia Laboratories for safety testing. From now until May 15th, Oregon Health Authority is issuing vouchers for well water testing to qualified residential well owners who have been impacted by the 2020 wildfires. Residents may apply for a well water testing voucher on the Oregon Health
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Chicken thighs: pathogens spoil the pleasure

Chicken thighs should taste moist, aromatic and tender so that the consumption is a pleasure and not a disappointment. In a recent test, 17 different products were tested and only five were able to convince.   Campylobacter, salmonella, pseudomonads and antibiotic-resistant germs were found   Various pathogens (e.g. Campylobacter) were detected, which cannot be identified
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Making of VelaLabs new Cleanroom

VelaLabs integrated the laboratory LABH in 2020. The laboratory space for microbiology and sterility was reconstructed with Cleanroom Technology Austria. With this brand new facilities and equipment VelaLabs is able to offer a wide range of microbiological services at the highest standards. Watch and see the reconstruction in our video. You want to know more
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4 Food Labelling Challenges Since Brexit

Since Brexit, the UK is now considered a third country. This means that companies exporting from UK to the European Union will have to face different compliance challenges from now on.   Here are 4 challenges to consider:   1. Address on the Label   When exporting to countries within the European Union, it is
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Vegetable baby food tested

The first complementary food is given to babies after about four to seven months, because from this point on milk is no longer sufficient for an optimal nutrition. With vegetable baby food babies get important fiber, vitamins and minerals to help them grow big and strong.   Furan is not part of a healthy diet
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New progress on the stability indexes for EVOOs

Jaén, Spain  Laboratorio Tello together with L.A.B. (both part of Tentamus Group) and the University of Granada, continue to advance in the development of stability indices on extra virgin olive oils and other vegetable oils.   Since 2018, Laboratorio Tello and L.A.B. are working on the public research project CASEITE of the call “RETOS Colaboración 2017″ next to the Analytical Chemistry Research Group FQM-232 (Analysis in Food and Environment of UGR)
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Thiamethoxam banned for use in the UK

Thiamethoxam, a neonicotinoid pesticide, was banned for use by both the UK and the EU back in 2018 due to the adverse effects on bee populations and other pollinators. In recent years it had been approved in the UK for emergency use due to the presence of yellow virus.   Growers of sugar beet in
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Potential dangers of Nitrosamines in Rifampin and Rifapentine

Rifampin and Rifapentine are antibiotics used to treat and prevent tuberculosis or meningococcal disease. The FDA became aware and subsequently released guidance on August 26, 2020, about the potential of nitrosamine impurities in certain samples of Rifampin and Rifapentine. The nitrosamines in question are 1-methyl-4-nitrosopiperazine (MNP) for Rifampin and 1-cyclopentyl-4-nitrosopiperazine (CPNP) for Rifapentine. Both MNP and
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Salmonella in herb mixtures

Recently, Salmonella was detected in several frozen herb mixtures. Salmonella are motile, gram-negative rods that can be consumed by humans through foods. The consumption of food contaminated with salmonella can lead to salmonellosis. Symptoms of salmonellosis are: Diarrhea Abdominal pain Headache Malaise Vomiting Mild fever Foods such as eggs, egg products, ice cream and raw
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Extension and conversion of accreditation

For many years, QSI GmbH holds an accreditation as a testing laboratory for the analysis of food and pharmaceutical raw materials. Regular inspections by the independent German Accreditation Body (DAkkS) provide evidence of the competence of our expert staff, the quality of our analytical results and the suitability of our laboratory equipment. In 2020, the
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