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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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Dry food for senior dogs tested

Dogs reach a senior age on average from 7- 10 years – depending on breed and size. In this phase of life, dogs need less energy because they move less and the nutrient requirements also change with age. For example, the protein and phosphorus content of the food has to be low and the protein
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Does mustard cut the mustard?

Whether sweet, medium hot, spicy or Dijon mustard – we love them all! With sausage or liver cheese, in a vinaigrette or sauce – mustard is versatile and extremely popular. It basically consists of mustard seeds, vinegar, sugar and various spices.   Medium hot mustard with glyphosate   Yellow and brown mustard seeds are used
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Strained tomatoes: Italian delight with flaws

Strained tomatoes are used in a variety of ways, especially in the Italian cuisine: For sauces, lasagna, pizza and much more. They should be aromatic and free of mold toxins – but unfortunately not all of them are.   A test shows: Mold toxins were found in every fifth sample   Mold toxins, also called
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Yellow mealworm receives approval as Novel Food

According to Regulation (EU) 2015/2283, novel foods are foods that were not used for any significant amount of consumption in the EU before May 15, 1997, and belong to a specific food category. These categories include, for example: Foods that consist of microorganisms, algae or fungi; Foods that consist of engineered nanomaterials; or Foods with
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Is there a health risk from pesticide residues on cut flowers?

To prevent cut flowers from being eaten by pests while they are still growing in the fields or greenhouses, they are often treated with pesticides to protect them. The use of pesticides is permitted. But what does this mean for consumers who have such flowers at home?   New evaluations from the BfR have been
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How do Salmonella get into food supplements?

Food supplements based on plants can be contaminated with salmonella. Recently, food supplements were recalled from the market because of a possible contamination with salmonella and that poses a health risk to the consumer.   What are the symptoms?   A salmonella infection often leads to the following symptoms: diarrhoea, abdominal pain, headache, vomiting, malaise
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Salt – White gold in the kitchen

In the past, wars were fought for the white gold, but today you can buy it conveniently in any supermarket and use it to season your dishes. Because without salt, most people find their food tastes too bland. It is used in every way: from pasta sauce to breakfast eggs – salt is a must-have
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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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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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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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Preharvest Testing for Oregon Hemp Farmers

Columbia Laboratories offers trusted testing for ODA compliance. This year, we are teaming up with Cannabis Sampling Labs to offer state-wide certified environmental sampling, as well as quality analysis. To schedule sampling with CS LABs and testing through CL labs: sampling.cfl@tentamus.com For pricing, regulation references and service information: Preharvest_2021_Columbia Labs
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