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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 and Improved: Potato Pesticide Profile

Columbia Labs has updated their pesticide profile for potatoes to include more analytes with lower LOQ’s. The profile now includes pesticides that are allowed for use on potatoes in the U.S. Columbia Labs updated list meets U.S. CFR tolerance levels as well as many export countries in the EU with the updated Limits of Quantitation.
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Coming this month: Metals speciation for Inorganic Arsenic

There are two different forms of arsenic: organic and inorganic. 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 as wheat bread, rice, milk, dairy products, and
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Tentamus facilitates Global Hemp Commerce with consistent, validated testing

Consistent Methods and Regional Regulations open market doors. Tentamus Labs offers robust analysis of hemp and hemp-based products in USA, Europe, Asia and Israel. This global group of experts provides unparalleled knowledge and consult on different market requirements. With the support of Tentamus, clients from around the world can enter different markets for hemp products
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AOAC-approves Rapid Yeast and Mold testing

Columbia Laboratories offers AOAC approved rapid yeast and mold testing for hemp and cannabis.   The following six tests were granted PTM status in June: Neogen Soleris® Direct Yeast and Mold 3M™ Petrifilm™ Rapid Yeast and Mold Count Plate 3M™ Petrifilm™ Yeast and Mold Count Plate bioMerieux s.a. TEMPO Yeast and Mold Nissui Pharmaceutical Company
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Preharvest Testing for Oregon Hemp Farmers

Columbia Laboratories offers trusted testing for ODA compliance. This year, we are teaming up with Cannabis Sampling Labs to offer state-wide certified environmental sampling, as well as quality analysis. To schedule sampling with CS LABs and testing through CL labs: sampling.cfl@tentamus.com For pricing, regulation references and service information: Preharvest_2021_Columbia Labs
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Emerald Badges for Spring 2021 are in!

Results are in… With a focus on microbiological contaminants in flower and matrix-specific potency tests, Columbia showcases their emphasis on food-safety and consistency through precision testing. “Micro testing is essential at cultivation to ensure safe smoking, effective processing and a controlled supply chain,” Kelly O’Connor, Key Accounts. “And potency IS matrix-specific, so we are glad
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HB 3000 Passed Round One; Update

After several weeks of cross-industry collaboration and 10 amendments, HB 3000 has passed out of the Committee on Rules with a recommendation to pass into Way and Means (Oregon Joint Committee). This is the bill that has passed round one: HB3000 (oregonlegislature.gov) The time is now to contact Senators or Representatives with considerations and/or request
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Congratulations to Melissa Jackson on her Certified Quality Auditor Certification! Melissa earned her CQA and continues to advance quality systems at Columbia Labs.

Melissa Jackson, QA manager for all departments at Columbia Laboratories since 2018, has earned her Quality Auditor Certification from ASQ on April 20, 2021. The certification verifies that Jackson “is a professional who understands the standards and principles of auditing and the auditing techniques of examining, questioning, evaluating and reporting to determine a quality system’s
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FDA releases new podcast on food safety!

Tune in for industry updates. There is a new FDA Podcast out and it’s all about food safety. The first episode dropped on 4/29/21 and new episodes will be released quarterly. “We are all food podcast junkies,” Columbia Labs GM, Derrick Tanner said. “Gastronomy podcast is a fun favorite, and we will all be tuning
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L.A.B. tunes an analysis method for ethylene oxide in foodstuff

L.A.B. | Laboratorio Analítico Bioclínico, fulfilling its commitment to its clients to improve analytical services, and as a result of the alerts and recalls of food products due to the presence of ethylene oxide, has developed and validated the method for its analysis.   Ethylene oxide is widely used to sterilize materials and instruments used
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Benzene in Cosmetics – Where Is It Coming From?

The summer of 2021 has been clouded by negative press about Benzene residues in cosmetic products which have then been followed by product recalls.   What is Benzene? According to the American Cancer Society, although Benzene is among the 20 most widely used chemicals in the United States, benzene is known to cause cancer and the
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Oxymatrine – since 1st July 2021 classified as pesticide in the EU

Since the beginning of 2019, the scope of the comprehensive pesticide screening by GC-MS/MS, LC-MS/MS (> 600 parameters) at QSI (outsourced within Tentamus Group to bilacon GmbH, lab codes 88500, 88550) also includes matrine and oxymatrine. Both substances are alkaloids that occur naturally in plants of the Sophora family. Sophora is a genus of about
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Health risk from PFAS in food

PFAS accumulate in the environment and can therefore be found in food and in our food chain. Per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of substances with more than 4700 substances. They are carbon chains, i.e. organic compounds, and the hydrogen atoms are either perfluorinated or polyfluorinated. They are thus completely or partially
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New in-house method for peptides from allergic proteins

Allergens and alimentary intolerances are a worldwide food safety issue with an increasing prevalence and number of allergens identified. This is a troublesome task for both consumers and food manufacturers as they produce an adverse reaction. Food labelling must be clear and reliable to ensure consumer rights and safety recording to Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011.
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aromaLAB online shop – SALE

  After the incredibly hard past 18 months where both workers and the economy struggled, we hope that this finds you all well and safe.  We have one important question: Have you checked out our online shop before or recently (https://shop.aromalab.de/)? We are constantly updating the shop and have a variety of new products on
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Conycal joins Tentamus Group!

Conycal, specialized in the Food and Environmental Sector, becomes part of Tentamus Group’s international network of laboratories. Conycal operates nationwide from its two locations (Oviedo and Ciudad Real), offering a wide range of analytical services and technical advice to numerous companies related to the field of agri-food and the environment. Among the most demanded services
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NMR Honey ProfilingTM Update Version 3.0

In recent years, reliable and sensitive NMR analysis of honey has gained tremendous importance worldwide and has firmly established itself as a powerful tool in quality control and for authenticity testing of honey. In addition to the sensitive detection of foreign sugars (targeted/non-targeted), NMR analysis can be efficiently used to confirm the variety and geographical
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