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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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Analysis of ethylene oxide in Rotterdam

The number of recalls for products in which ethylene oxide residues and 2-chloroethanol are detected is increasing every day. In 2020, residues were found in sesame and sesame products, and now ethylene oxide is being detected in locust bean gum, xanthan gum and thickeners. Ethylene oxide is a gaseous disinfectant used to kill fungi and
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EU: New maximum levels for lead and cadmium in food

The European Union has defined new mandatory maximum levels for lead and cadmium in food. Both heavy metals pose a health risk for humans and have therefore been re-evaluated as part of the “Europe against Cancer” program. Regulation (EC) 2021/1317 regulates the maximum levels for lead in various foods and is valid since Aug. 30,
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Mineral oil components in peanuts

Peanuts do not belong botanically to the group of nuts as you might suspect – but they are definitely tasty! And they are also healthy, because they provide magnesium and protein. However, in a recent test, mineral oil components were found in three samples. Specifically, MOSH was detected, which can accumulate in organs, especially in
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Health risk from tomato paste

Tomato paste is a main ingredient in Italian dishes such as lasagna and pizza. However, these no longer taste as good if it poses a health risk. Mold toxins and pesticides spoil the food.   Mold toxins: Alternariatoxins detected   Mold toxins, also called mycotoxins, are metabolic products of molds that can be toxic. In
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Sunflower oil: popular and contaminated

Sunflower oil is used in almost every kitchen: for cooking, frying and baking, because the vegetable oil has a mild aroma and is so versatile. But 21 different oils were recently tested and showed elevated levels of mineral oil components and PAHs.   Mineral oil components slightly elevated in 20 samples   In a test,
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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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Sustainability labelling for food: The new Eco-Score

Nowadays, customers no longer decide to buy certain foods only on the basis of price and quality, they also consider aspects such as healthy nutrition and sustainability. The Nutri-Score, for example, helps consumers decide for or against a product based on its nutritional quality. The new Eco Score will now also help to determine buying
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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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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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New Method: Analysis of amino acids in feed and food via LC-LRMS/MS

For a healthy diet and the functionality of biological processes, humans and animals need amino acids. Laboratories often face the problem of challenging analysis when determining the correct content of amino acids in food and feed. Amino acids (AA) are organic molecules that contain both a carboxylic -COOH and an amino -NH2 functional group. In
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Our Pet Food Passion!

Here at Tentamus, we see pets as companions, friends. Just like our human families we want to make sure our animal family is on a natural, healthy diet. Though many people may not realize it, pet food has many similar aspects to human food. Pet food should have a guaranteed analysis of protein, fiber, fat,
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