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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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Coconut blossom sugar – a new sweetener

Coconut blossom sugar is obtained from nectar of the coconut palm and has become increasingly popular in recent years. This leads to increased demand and quality control. The popularity of coconut blossom sugar can be traced back to its lower glycemic index compared to conventional household sugar. The glycemic index indicates how quickly the blood
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Global Tea Testing by Tentamus

The primary source of tea is in Asia, but enjoyed worldwide. To ensure that the tea is also safe, Tentamus Group provides you with tea testing and consulting services in 3 continents: Asia, Europe and North America. You can choose testing at origin or point of export, or indeed for import and local area conformity.
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Extension and conversion of accreditation

For many years, QSI GmbH holds an accreditation as a testing laboratory for the analysis of food and pharmaceutical raw materials. Regular inspections by the independent German Accreditation Body (DAkkS) provide evidence of the competence of our expert staff, the quality of our analytical results and the suitability of our laboratory equipment. In 2020, the
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Rapid and reliable detection of chlorpyrifos

Thanks to our in-house method for the determination of chlorpyrifos and chlorpyrifos-methyl, we can carry out the analysis of these two parameters in teas, herbal teas and fruit teas as an express order within 32 hours. With Regulation (EU) 2020/1085, the maximum residue limits (MRL) for chlorpyrifos and chlorpyrifos-methyl were reduced as of 13 November
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we audit your HACCP system and check whether the requirements of Regulation (EC) No. 852/2004 on food hygiene are met

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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LAB-New-Method-to-detect-ethylene-oxide-in-food

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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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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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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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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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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