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Basics: Food Allergens in the US

Update: Joe Biden signed a law on April 23, 2021 that makes sesame the ninth major food allergen Each year, millions of people around the world have allergic reactions, caused by wrong labelled food. As a result, food labels help allergic consumers identifying these foods and ingredients.   Most common food allergens   The following foods or
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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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New maximum allowable levels for Lead and Cadmium in food

We inform our customers about the upcoming amendments to EU Regulation 1881/2006 amending the maximum levels for Lead and Cadmium in foodstuffs. The Commission has recently published two amendments to Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006, introducing new maximum values for lead and cadmium in food. These Regulations are, respectively: COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) 2021/1317 of 9 August
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STA KALITE Kontrol Lab Turkey

STA KALITE joins the Veltia -Tentamus Family

As a part of its development strategy, VELTIA Labs for Life® Group – member of the Tentamus Group and Redestos – Efthymiadis Agrotechnology Group –  has advanced to further expand its current activity in Turkey, where a sample preparation lab in Antalya region has already been operating for the last two years. More specifically, the
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EPA Revocation of Chlorpyrifos Tolerances

In April 2021 the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the EPA must ban all uses of chlorpyrifos relating to food stuffs, allowing them to retain tolerances for only those uses that could be proven safe for children. In August of 2021 the EPA announced that due to the determination that “the current aggregate
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Health risk from tomato paste

Tomato paste is a main ingredient in Italian dishes such as lasagna and pizza. However, these no longer taste as good if it poses a health risk. Mold toxins and pesticides spoil the food.   Mold toxins: Alternariatoxins detected   Mold toxins, also called mycotoxins, are metabolic products of molds that can be toxic. In
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Selling food supplements – what do you have to pay attention to?

In order for you to safely market your dietary supplements, they must be analytically verified. This is how you ensure that your products are marketable – i.e. free of contaminants and residues, correctly labeled and that they contain the claimed contents of vitamins, for example. The Food Supplements Ordinance regulates the specifications for the labeling
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Video showing VelaLab's laboratory for ligand binding assays

LOOK inside the labs – discover Velalabs’ ligand binding services

August 2021: For the characterization of proteins, interaction analysis is essential. See which methods we apply in our laboratory to investigate binding interactions of molecules.  Resulting parameters include kinetics, affinity, specificity, concentration and content. Pharma and Biotech companies can rely on broad experience in providing tailormade applications to help understand binding interactions in detail. Take a look into the laboratories of VelaLabs!   Click HERE for further information on
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Expansion of Services – Tentamus Japan Laboratories

Tentamus Japan has been certified for immuno-diagnostic testing laboratory services for human health. The certification allows for samples from patients to be tested for an array of test items related to diagnostic for human health. One of the tests with immediate demand is testing of antibodies IgG IgM to Covid19 virus; essential to the local
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Sunflower oil: popular and contaminated

Sunflower oil is used in almost every kitchen: for cooking, frying and baking, because the vegetable oil has a mild aroma and is so versatile. But 21 different oils were recently tested and showed elevated levels of mineral oil components and PAHs.   Mineral oil components slightly elevated in 20 samples   In a test,
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Use of Antibiotics on Citrus Crops from July 2021

In May 2017 the EPA issued a time-limited emergency exemption to allow the use of streptomycin and oxytetracycline in Florida citrus crops to battle citrus greening. As of 2021 the allowance of use of these antibiotics on citrus has been expanded to include Californian crops as well. This change was spurred by a major reduction
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Tentamus North America adds analysis for Aflatoxins

Tentamus North America continues to grow   Fredericksburg, Virginia – The team at Tentamus North America has been busy adding new testing methods to support your business. To aid companies in the food sector the laboratory has added HPLC analysis methods for Aflatoxins B1, B2, G1 and G2, and ELISA analysis for Aflatoxin M1.   Aflatoxins,
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