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Flavonoids in cocoa

Everyone likes chocolate, but it doesn’t necessarily contribute to health, or does it? Cocoa contains a high proportion of flavanols, a subgroup of naturally occurring polyphenols. Polyphenols are also found in other foods such as tea, wine or fruits. They are attributed positive effects on human health due to their prominent antioxidant properties. In September
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In which foods are furan and its methyl analogs present?

In a recent recommendation, the European Commission calls for the determination of furan and methylfurans. These are process contaminants that form in food during thermal treatment. Consumers ingest furan particularly through coffee and cereal-based foods, but young children are also exposed to furan through jarred or canned ready-to-eat foods. According to the European Food Safety
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Infusion from coffee leaves – Authorization as novel food

On occasion of the current discussions in DIN Tea, we would like to inform about “coffee leaf tea”. In addition to coffee cherry pulp (see News from 02-2022), the European Union has authorized an infusion from coffee leaves as a novel food (traditional food from a third country) in the EU. This product can already
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Cascara – approval as a novel food

The European Union has approved Cascara as a novel food (traditional from third countries). Dried pulp of coffee cherry (cascara) and its infusion can be placed on the market in the EU from 4th February 2022. The authorization, specifications as well as conditions of use are set in Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/47 of 13th
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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 Medicinal cannabis and 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 medicinal cannabis and hemp products: A. Pohl, Guest article in “krautinvest” (Jun 2022): Anforderungen an die Analytik von Cannabisblüten, https://krautinvest.de/anforderungen-an-die-analytik-von-cannabisblueten/ Tentamus Group GmbH CBD
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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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New version of efficiency standard UNE EN 13624

On 27 July 2022, the new version of the efficiency standard UNE EN 13624 was published. This standard cancels and replaces Standard EN 13624:2013. Chemical antiseptics and disinfectants. Quantitative suspension test for the evaluation of fungicidal or levuricidal activity in medicine. Test method and requirements (phase2, step1)   The standard applies to products used in
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New RD on Legionella published

Laboratorio Control informs of the publication of the new Royal Decree which aims to prevent and control legionellosis by establishing new health measures to be applied in facilities susceptible to the proliferation and dissemination of Legionella. As reflected in the new Royal Decree 487/2022, published on 21 June, the main responsibility for compliance with the
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Cosmetic Products Should be tested for Bacteria, But if Not…

Most cosmetic and personal care manufacturers and brands want to keep their customers safe when using their products. A big part of that safety is the testing that’s run on each formula and batch of what they produce. It’s common to run standard Aerobic Plate Count (USP 61), Yeast and Mold (USP 61), and Pathogen
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Chlorate testing discount offer

Chlorate Testing Discount: 10% off through Summer 2022 Due to the increasing regulations and demand for traceability of Chlorate, Columbia Laboratories is offering a 10% discount to Agriculture Industries and Hops Growers for Summer 2022. New regulations for residues of perchlorate and chlorate in food stuff have been published and will enter into force as
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New efficacy test for veterinary disinfectants

Laboratorio Control, a reference partner of numerous companies for the analysis of biocidal products, implements a new efficacy test for disinfectants used on the skin in the veterinary industry.   > NEW PHASE 2,2 SKIN TEST FOR VETERINARY INDUSTRY (PT3). PR standard NF EN 17422:2019. The launch of this new quantitative surface efficacy test focuses
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Laboratorio Control expands ENAC scope in food and animal feed

Laboratorio Control continues with its work plan focused on offering a wide range of analytical services under ENAC accreditation.   On this occasion, Laboratorio Control expands the ENAC scope in food and feed with the accreditation of mould and yeast count by culture according to ISO 21527-1 and 21527-2. Moulds and yeasts are one of
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Adalimumab – blockbuster & never ending story

Resolved patent disputes With Abbvie and Alvotech having solved their patent disputes, market entry for new biosimilars for adalimumab applicable for various indications might speed up. The patent protection of the originator product  Humira ® has expired in the EU in 2017, though due to complex patent claim development and market launch of non-component material
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Shock for manufacturer of substance-based medical devices

Long awaited, widely feared and stunningly received: The newly published MDCG document 2022-05 poses already suspected and yet very considerable challenges to medical device manufacturers of substance-based medical devices. While the Medical Device Regulation (MDR) 2017 still supported and thus legitimised this type of medical device with the official designation of “substances and combinations of
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Available NOW: Metals speciation for Inorganic Arsenic

There are two different forms of arsenic: organic and inorganic- and Columbia Labs tests for both. 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
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