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Publications about Authenticity

Economically motivated adulterations are a worldwide problem for the food trade. High-quality raw materials are stretched with inferior goods, the real origins are obscured or in the case of honey and agave syrup diluted with industrially produced syrups in such a way that determining the authenticity of the product becomes more difficult. High-quality coffee qualities,
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Admission as laboratory in Japan

Dear client, as you might be aware that specific countries are requiring special licenses for successful and smooth importing of your product. One of these countries is Japan with special requirements for foreign laboratories “whose certificate of analysis will be accepted at quarantine stations regarding foods, food additives, apparatus, containers, packaging and toys exported from
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Publications about Hemp

Medicinally used hemp products are subject to strict control, as they are medicinal products – in this case even with narcotic status. Below you will find publications on the subject of hemp products:   Tentamus Group GmbH CBD products: QSI Offers Legal Consulting PresseBox (unn | UNITED NEWS NETWORK GmbH), Berlin, 18.November  (2021) Tentamus Group
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Pyrrolizidine alkaloids – Maximum Levels as of July 01, 2022

Pyrrolizidine alkaloids have been an important topic in plant-based foods and honey for years. Until now, there have been no legal maximum levels for pyrrolizidine alkaloids in food, but recommendations of the BfR and EFSA, which evaluates the toxicological significance, as well as the exposure through food. The most recent risk assessment of the BfR
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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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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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Analysis of heavy metals and trace elements

Contaminants such as heavy metals are not purposely added to a food product, they are considered impurities. Heavy metals get into our food through various ways, e.g. they are assimilated by plants and animals from the environment or represent an undesirable side effect in the processing of food. Many heavy metals can be harmful to
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Which best before date shall I apply?

You want to place your product on the market, but you don’t know your product´s shelf life? Through our storage tests we support you in checking your product. Storage at elevated temperatures accelerates the aging of food. Thus, for example, by storing at 40 °C, you will receive a statement after only 3 months as
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frozen peas residues

Frozen peas: Free from pesticides and lead

Frozen peas make our lives easier because they are healthy and very quick to prepare. Whether in a soup, as a side dish or in a casserole – nothing can go wrong with frozen peas. But in addition to the simple preparation and quick availability, the taste and especially the harmlessness in terms of contaminants
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VelaLabs supports biosimilar development with proliferation assay

Bevacizumab and its biosimilars – treating cancer

FACES OF CANCER Over 100 types of cancer – a group of diseases involving abnormal cell growth with potential of invading and spreading into other parts of the body – affect about 100 million people worldwide, with over 8 million deaths anually. The risk of cancer increases with age and is more likely in developed
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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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One in four pre-cut fruit salads has defects

Food business operators are responsible for the safety of their products. This includes complying with hygiene requirements during food production, processing, storage and distribution. The company has to ensure that the facilities and materials are clean, the fruit is washed before cutting, the cooling temperature is maintained and the employees are trained regularly. If these
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The New FCC Honey Identity Standard

Some experts claim that honey is the third most adulterated food in the world. As the conversation around honey authenticity becomes more prevalent, as well as legal action against those who allegedly participate in counterfeit operations, a standardized guide for honey is becoming increasingly important.   As of December 1, 2021, the new Honey Identity Standard
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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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