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Frozen leaf spinach in test

Spinach has the image of being one of the healthiest vegetables out there. This might be due to a certain popular cartoon character or just simply hearing time and again how nutritious spinach is. However, not all spinach is all the same. A recent study of frozen leaf spinach showed that nearly half of the
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Labelling tips for the World Vegan Day

Today on November 1, the World Vegan Day is celebrated, which has taken place annually since 1994. The number of vegans is increasing worldwide every year. The sales of vegetable meat replacement products are estimated to have doubled within the last five years in the EU.   Labelling of vegan food   Vegan products also
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Mould Toxins & Nickel in Oat Flakes

Oat flakes are often an essential part of breakfast, whether in porridge, muesli or yogurt, oat flakes are versatile and healthy. Oat flakes contain vitamin B1 and B6 as well as protein and are therefore ideal for starting the day. It is therefore all the more important to carry out regular checks to ensure the
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Tomato juice – a pleasure not only above the clouds

Many people find tomato juice tastes better up in the air. This is due to the low air pressure high above the clouds. However, even if you don’t fly, tomato juice doesn’t only taste good as Bloody Mary. In order to ensure a carefree enjoyment of tomato juice, 20 different juices made from tomato concentrate
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Tortelloni – Italy vacation at home

A little piece of Italy at home: Fresh tortelloni have also been available on supermarket shelves as a ready-made product since the early 1980s. Just a few minutes in boiling water and the enjoyment is ready. In some regions of Italy, the stuffed dumpling has a long tradition. There, specialists produce the thin and stretchy
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bilacon offers new limit of quantitation for glyphosate in beer

Glyphosate is a crop protection active ingredient for the control of weeds, which is approved in the EU until 2022. According to the World Health Organization’s Cancer Agency, glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic” to humans. However, the BfR assesses glyphosate as non-carcinogenic when used correctly.   Glyphosate in beer   During a review, low levels of
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Apple juice – Germany’s sweetheart

With an annual per capita consumption of 6.8 litres, apple juice is one of the most popular juices in Germany. For the production of 1 litre of apple juice, approx. 1.5 kg of apples are needed. After pressing, the juice is naturally cloudy, i.e. with fruit flesh. By centrifuging and filtering the juice, it finally
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bilacon launches new technical center to support zoonosis monitoring

In the past, public food recalls have been increasingly frequent due to the qualitative detection of Listeria monocytogenes. Regulation (EC) No 2073/2005 sets out the microbiological criteria for foodstuffs. For L. monocytogenes a distinction is made between two cases: 100 CFU/g are not exceeded until the end of the expiration date No L. monocytogenes are
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Rice: Staple food may not always be safe

Rice is a staple food in many regions of the world and it is available in many different varieties. Whether whole grain, round grain or long grain rice, all varieties have one thing in common: the way they are grown. Rice is mainly grown in fields that are completely under water. As a result, the
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Flour – A staple food in the test

Flour has been one of the most important staple foods since the Stone Age. At that time it was mainly used to make a bread-like flat cake, today flour is mainly used to bake bread and cakes, for making pasta or Christmas cookies. Flour is the main ingredient of many food products. Wheat, spelt or
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New FDA Draft Guidance On Sesame Labeling

In November 2020 the FDA issued a draft guidance regarding the voluntary disclosure of sesame as an allergen following its evaluation of public information; including scientific and clinical data, a 2014 citizen petition requesting the disclosure of sesame by the common or usual name in ingredients, and over 4,800 responses from a notice published in
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Poor industrial hygiene – the most frequent reason for complaints

In 2019, more than half a million food companies were inspected by the monitoring authorities of the federal states of Germany. The number of complaints remained the same as in the previous year at 12.9%. The most frequent complaints were violations of hygiene regulations: Nearly 50% of the complaints were about violations of the regulations
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Analysis of Glyphosate residues in our daily Products

Glyphosate is a non-selective herbicide used since 1974 in numerous countries worldwide. Lately, there is an emotional discussion in the media and consequently the number of reports on residues of glyphosate in food have increased substantially. Due to the high polarity of glyphosate it is not possible to analyze it together with the other pesticides
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Biocompatibility: No plan – no report!

  Among all the hurdles that the legislator has set up before medical devices can enter the market, the proof of biocompatibility poses particular challenges. Specialized service laboratories have an impressive number of corresponding tests in their repertoire: But which of these does your medical device really need?   In principle, the answer to this
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DSI-pharm achieved GMP compliance for 400 MHz-NMR

In October 2020, a complete device qualification of the AscendTM 400 MHz-NMR (Picture 1) used by DSI-pharm was performed to achieve GMP ready status. This was carried out by GMP trained Bruker engineers and included testing the operation of the system to determine that it meets Bruker`s factory specifications as well as testing the computer
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Soil Sampling and Testing for Lead Contamination

The real estate market is booming as many purchases and renovations are taking place. If you are planning to upgrade the look of your older building or dwelling, you may want to consider implementing a soil sampling and testing program as a part of your renovation budget. According to the EPA, if your home was
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Expansion of facilities at Southern Microbiological Services

Southern Microbiological Services (SMS Ltd.) has been offering UKAS accredited microbiological testing services since it was established in 1987. The laboratory is also RSA approved. Located in West Buckland, near Wellington, it is ideally situated to service the food and drinks industry in the South West of England and further afield. In January 2019 SMS
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New method: variety identification of apples

Apples are one of the most popular fruits and there is an immense choice. These varieties differ e.g. in appearance and taste – some varieties are red, yellow or green and taste sweet or sour. lifeprint GmbH has now developed a new method for identifying 55 of the most popular apple varieties.   Identification of
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Delicious pre-Christmas season with red cabbage

Red cabbage or blue cabbage? Depending on the growing region, the pH-value of the soil and also the method of preparation, it is called differently, but it is always the same vegetable. Also, the colder and more uncomfortable the weather becomes, the more you want a hearty meal with red cabbage as a side dish.
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