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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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More time to be ready for IVDR?

About 90 % of all in vitro diagnostic (IVD) manufacturer cannot benefit from transition period laid down in Article 110 of Regulation (EU) 2017/746 (IVDR) and must be ready for IVDR in May 2022. The new Regulation will replace the current Directive 98/79/EC on in vitro diagnostic medical devices from 26 May 2022. The main
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VELTIA Labs for Life Cyprus has updated its Scope of Accreditation!

“Your life’s quality, our top priority” – VELTIA Cyprus is committed to VELTIA LABS FOR LIFE’s motto and has set a clear target for 2021. The goal was to upgrade its nutritional lab and provide its clients the services of one “stop-care lab”. “After a successful 4-day-audit conducted by CYS-CYSAB (Cyprus Accreditation Body) we are
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Foundation of Tentamus Pharma & Med Deutschland GmbH

Formation of a new company out of BLS-Analytik GmbH, TentaMedix GmbH and DSIpharm Oldenburg The Tentamus Group pleased to inform you that BLS Analytik GmbH, TentaMedix GmbH and DSIpharm Oldenburg have merged as one company with immediate effect as Tentamus Pharma & Med Deutschland GmbH. The company’s headquarters are located in Bad Kissingen, Columbiastraße 14
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Laboratorio Control extends its ENAC scope in Feed, Food and Food Additives

Committed to the continuous improvement of its analytical services, Laboratorio Control extends its ENAC (National Accreditation Body) accreditation in the Food and Animal Nutrition sectors.   The Molecular Biology Department of the laboratory has successfully passed the ENAC audit which focused on the evaluation of the analytical method for the detection of Salmonella spp. and
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Laboratorio Tello at EXPOLIVA 2021

Once again, the team of Laboratorio Tello did not miss one of the main events of the olive oil sector at international level: EXPOLIVA 2021, International Fair of Olive Oil and Related Industries, which ended 25th of September at the Provincial Exhibition and Conference Centre (IFEJA) in Jaén. Despite the exceptional situation due to the
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BAV Institute extends its scope of accreditation

The BAV Institute from Offenburg is pleased to announce that the recently conducted eight-day audit within the scope of accreditation according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 was passed successfully again. A special highlight is that also the culture media production and testing according to DIN EN ISO 11133 has been successfully assessed and will be
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Analytical Food Laboratories offers first ever PCR Cyclospora testing platform

Grand Prairie, Texas: Analytical Food Laboratories motto is keeping people safe since 1992 using integrated solutions, technical expertise, local approach, global results, and quick response times. AFL is a true one-stop full-service lab that provides tailored interpretation and consultative approach to deliver measurable results. All departments are housed in one location, and all services are
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Ethylene oxide is detected in more and more food products!

In the recent past, numerous products containing sesame seeds, locust bean gum, xanthan gum and thickeners were recalled from the market because the maximum residue levels for ethylene oxide were exceeded. In the EU, food business operators are responsible for having their products tested for residues as part of their own inspections. According to Regulation
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Drug-Device-Combinations acc. to article 117 MDR

With the entry into force of the Medical Devices Regulation (EU) 2017/745 (MDR) at the end of May 2021, there have not only been many new and mostly more complex requirements for manufacturers of medical devices. Article 117 MDR also amends Annex I of the Medicinal Products Directive 2001/83/EC on so-called drug-device combinations to the
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