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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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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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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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Updated Analysis: Allergen Testing: More Savings, More flexibility

Allergen testing at Columbia Labs just got more affordable. Columbia Laboratories now offers allergen testing as either qualitative or quantitative, to cut costs and encourage routine monitoring. Allergens infiltrate the food supply at several control points, so routine testing of products AND their environment is KEY to keeping them out of your product line. Allergens
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Laboratorio Kudam obtains Norovirus and Hepatitis A analyses accreditation

Laboratorio Kudam obtains ENAC accreditation for Norovirus and Hepatitis A testing in certain foods and bottled water. Tests are performed using the real-time PCR technique. Laboratorio Kudam continues its commitment to quality and the continuous improvement of all its analytical services and has therefore extended its ENAC accreditation for the following microbiological tests in food
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New Management at bilacon GmbH

For more than 30 years, bilacon has been supporting customers in the field of food, feed, food supplements and cosmetics with an extensive, accredited analytical spectrum. bilacon combines the competences of sensory, instrumental, chemical-physical, and microbiological analysis under one roof and answers all questions concerning the safety of your products. In April 2022, the management
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Fumigants – a more curse than a blessing? Are there alternatives?

The use of ethylene oxide in cereal products and spices repeatedly leads to massive recalls in the international trade. Due to the strict requirements regarding phytosanitary import controls, fumigants are currently the only effective alternative to prevent the introduction and spread of pests from importing countries. Thus, fumigation of containers for shipment, as well as
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Laboratorio Kudam expands ENAC scope in food, fertilisers and soils

Laboratorio Kudam makes a significant expansion in its scope of accreditation for physicochemical testing and pesticide residue analysis in wines and soils, focusing on quality and continuous improvement of all its analytical services: Pesticides, Nutritional, Allergens and PCR. For this reason, the following tests have recently been accredited (Exp. No. 324/LE670): Microbiological: Detection of Norovirus
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L.A.B. achieves a major extension of its ENAC scope

L.A.B. achieves a major extension of its ENAC scope

L.A.B. | Laboratorio Analítico Bioclínico achieves an important extension of its ENAC technical scope in different analytical methods. L.A.B. continues its commitment to quality and the continuous improvement of all its analytical services and, as a result, has recently obtained ENAC certification in new analytical methods developed by the different areas of the laboratory. In
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VelaLabs announces GLP extension

VelaLabs has successfully been granted the extension of its GLP certification.   Klaus Hajszan, Head of Quality and Test Site Manager, about this important step: “We have been GLP certified in 2020 for the first time and since then have continuously improved and strengthened our testing processes to ensure safety and quality”. The team responsible
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