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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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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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Laboratorio Control extends its ENAC scope in Feed, Food and Food Additives

Committed to the continuous improvement of its analytical services, Laboratorio Control extends its ENAC (National Accreditation Body) accreditation in the Food and Animal Nutrition sectors.   The Molecular Biology Department of the laboratory has successfully passed the ENAC audit which focused on the evaluation of the analytical method for the detection of Salmonella spp. and
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Laboratorio Tello at EXPOLIVA 2021

Once again, the team of Laboratorio Tello did not miss one of the main events of the olive oil sector at international level: EXPOLIVA 2021, International Fair of Olive Oil and Related Industries, which ended 25th of September at the Provincial Exhibition and Conference Centre (IFEJA) in Jaén. Despite the exceptional situation due to the
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BAV Institute extends its scope of accreditation

The BAV Institute from Offenburg is pleased to announce that the recently conducted eight-day audit within the scope of accreditation according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 was passed successfully again. A special highlight is that also the culture media production and testing according to DIN EN ISO 11133 has been successfully assessed and will be
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Analytical Food Laboratories offers first ever PCR Cyclospora testing platform

Grand Prairie, Texas: Analytical Food Laboratories motto is keeping people safe since 1992 using integrated solutions, technical expertise, local approach, global results, and quick response times. AFL is a true one-stop full-service lab that provides tailored interpretation and consultative approach to deliver measurable results. All departments are housed in one location, and all services are
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Ethylene oxide is detected in more and more food products!

In the recent past, numerous products containing sesame seeds, locust bean gum, xanthan gum and thickeners were recalled from the market because the maximum residue levels for ethylene oxide were exceeded. In the EU, food business operators are responsible for having their products tested for residues as part of their own inspections. According to Regulation
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Drug-Device-Combinations acc. to article 117 MDR

With the entry into force of the Medical Devices Regulation (EU) 2017/745 (MDR) at the end of May 2021, there have not only been many new and mostly more complex requirements for manufacturers of medical devices. Article 117 MDR also amends Annex I of the Medicinal Products Directive 2001/83/EC on so-called drug-device combinations to the
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Old woman - brain - puzzle - alzheimer

Aducanumab – first new treatment approved for Alzheimer’s since 2003

Alzheimer disease: Alzheimer’s is responsible for 60% of the world’s estimated 50 million dementias. The heterogeneity of the disease makes Alzheimer’s diagnosis and counting the total number of affected people difficult. Every fifth patient has an atypical Alzheimer’s disease, which is often not recognized This progressive neurodegenerative disease starts with microscopic changes in the brain
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Preservation Challenge Tests Cosmetics Tentamus

Preservation Challenge Tests for Cosmetics according to ISO 11930

How can we ensure that a cosmetic product remains stable against microbiological influences?   Preservation challenge tests represent a fundamental building block for evaluating the microbiological safety of cosmetic products. The test is intended to confirm that the cosmetic product prevents germ multiplication when used as intended and is therefore microbiologically stable. The ISO 11930
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Fragrances Cosmetics Tentamus

New Regulations for Fragrances in Cosmetics

The field of analysis and declaration of allergenic fragrances in cosmetics is currently in a state of flux. In general, certain fragrances a certain amount in cosmetics have to be declared above (according to Annex III of Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009: 10ppm for leave-on products, 100ppm for rinse-off products), the use of individual fragrances is even
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