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NGS – Confirming Authenticity of Tea, Herbs and Spices

How Next Generation Sequencing helps you to find the unknowns It is getting cold outside and Christmas is coming closer every day. Many of us will enjoy a cup of hot tea here and some cookies there. Typical Christmas spices like cinnamon, cardamom, anise and others will see their yearly peak in popularity. Unfortunately, the
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Using molecular masses to detect honey adulteration

A laboratory comparison between FoodQS GmbH and QSI GmbH High-resolution mass spectrometry coupled to liquid chromatography (LC-HRMS) is increasingly being used to investigate the authenticity of food. The great advantage of this technique is the ability to detect even novel adulterations. This is necessary because adulterators are constantly learning and adapting their adulterations to the
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Sample preparation in laboratory for food analysis

Performance of official controls in the field of organic production based on the Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 in conjunction with Regulation (EU) No 2017/625

The EU Control Regulation (EU) 2017/625, which will mainly apply from 14 December 2019, lays down the basic requirements for the structure and implementation of official food and feed controls within the EU in a binding manner. According to Article 37 of Regulation (EU) No. 2017/625, the competent authorities designate official laboratories which shall analyse
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Maximum Residue Limits for Chlorate

Introduction of Maximum Residue Limits for Chlorate in Food

Chlorate and perchlorate are salts of chloric acid which may be present in cleaning agents or disinfectants and therefore may enter food stuff during processing or production. In contrast to chlorate, perchlorate is also used in fertilizers, industrial chemicals and fireworks. As a result, plants can be exposed to higher levels of exposure due to
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QSI Analyses in the Tentamus - Online Shop

Analyses now also available in our Online Shop

QSI now offers a selection of the most popular analyses in the Tentamus Online Shop. Browse through our offers and order our analyses easily online. After a successful order, pack your food in a clean container and send it to us as a package including the order confirmation. We will carry out your analysis within
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Beeswax

Beeswax in general Beeswax is a natural product that is produced by special wax-secreting glands of bee workers to build their comb. As a valuable raw material it is used in candle, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food industries (E901) as well as essential raw material for the production of honeycombs. Despite of over 300 different single
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Gaschromatography for food analysis

Coronavirus Update – QSI and DSI-pharm remain open

We are pleased to announce that QSI and DSI-pharm will remain open & operational despite the current Corona Pandemic. Our work is vital for the food and pharmaceutical supply chain. Therefore we have taken several safety measures to ensure that our customers can rely in our quality and services. Some of these safety measures taken
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DSI-pharm achieved GMP compliance for 400 MHz-NMR

In October 2020, a complete device qualification of the AscendTM 400 MHz-NMR (Picture 1) used by DSI-pharm was performed to achieve GMP ready status. This was carried out by GMP trained Bruker engineers and included testing the operation of the system to determine that it meets Bruker`s factory specifications as well as testing the computer
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Soil Sampling and Testing for Lead Contamination

The real estate market is booming as many purchases and renovations are taking place. If you are planning to upgrade the look of your older building or dwelling, you may want to consider implementing a soil sampling and testing program as a part of your renovation budget. According to the EPA, if your home was
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Expansion of facilities at Southern Microbiological Services

Southern Microbiological Services (SMS Ltd.) has been offering UKAS accredited microbiological testing services since it was established in 1987. The laboratory is also RSA approved. Located in West Buckland, near Wellington, it is ideally situated to service the food and drinks industry in the South West of England and further afield. In January 2019 SMS
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New method: variety identification of apples

Apples are one of the most popular fruits and there is an immense choice. These varieties differ e.g. in appearance and taste – some varieties are red, yellow or green and taste sweet or sour. lifeprint GmbH has now developed a new method for identifying 55 of the most popular apple varieties.   Identification of
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PAHs and mineral oils in rapeseed oil

Rapeseed oil is a vegetable oil obtained by pressing rapeseed. A distinction is made here between refined and cold-pressed oils. Cold pressed oils are produced without heat treatment and refined oils are obtained on the basis of different processing steps. Rapeseed oil contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and is mainly used for frying and
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Red-Cabbage-sensory-testing

Delicious pre-Christmas season with red cabbage

Red cabbage or blue cabbage? Depending on the growing region, the pH-value of the soil and also the method of preparation, it is called differently, but it is always the same vegetable. Also, the colder and more uncomfortable the weather becomes, the more you want a hearty meal with red cabbage as a side dish.
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4 tips for handling food at home

In recent months, people people spent more time at home due to the corona pandemic.  Going to the canteen or out for lunch is often cancelled and everyone cooks more for themselves and their families. However, incorrect handling of food can lead to food infections.   What is a food infection?   Food infections are
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Frozen leaf spinach in test

Spinach has the image of being one of the healthiest vegetables out there. This might be due to a certain popular cartoon character or just simply hearing time and again how nutritious spinach is. However, not all spinach is all the same. A recent study of frozen leaf spinach showed that nearly half of the
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Are You Prepared for FSMA’s Future?

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was enacted in 2011, but to allow time for both food producers and US government agencies to get all aspects up-to-date the final compliance deadlines for the various rules were set for dates that span from 2015 through 2024. Under FSMA, the FDA is encouraging a more proactive and
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Formula for success for medical cannabis – reliable analysis combined with regulatory strategy and extensive services

Although medical cannabis is becoming increasingly established in the pharmaceutical sector in Germany, manufacturers, distributors and wholesalers are still faced with new challenges from the various local regulatory authorities, depending on the location of the company’s place of business.   Individual German state authorities deviate, sometimes massively, from the general view that medical cannabis is
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