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Carnival – we make jelly doughnuts safe

Carnival is approaching fast, and with the fifth season there is also a lot of feasting. Jelly doughnuts are a traditional staple of carnival. To guarantee that carnival remains fun, bilacon test jelly doughnuts to ensure that the carnival season can be celebrated safely.   Jelly doughnuts may contain unhealthy substances, which are usually formed
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Chlorpyrifos – Ban across the EU

The insecticide chlorpyrifos may no longer be used in the entire European Union from the end of January 2020.   Chlorpyrifos is one of the most commonly used pesticides in agriculture, killing lice, fruit flies and other pests, and is used in fruit and cereal crops. Chlorpyrifos has been suspected of influencing human brain development
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bilacon has received GMP+ certification

bilacon, located in Berlin is now a registered GMP+ laboratory (GMP+ certification number: GMP0505128).  GMP stands for Good Manufacturing Practice and GMP+ was introduced to ensure reliable laboratory analysis within the feed chain. From 01 January 2020, only GMP+ registered laboratories may carry out the analysis of critical contaminants in feed. bilacon has received the
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Safe-Food-Germany

Ensuring Safe Food Products in Germany

Currently, recalls of food are becoming more frequent. Consumers are becoming increasingly insecure. Food safety is decisive for the reputation of a company. and bilacon helps you to bring safe food onto the market, because Regulation (EC) No. 178/2002 Art. 14 (1) states: “Foods that are not safe must not be placed on the market.
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Baby-Formula-Safe-Products

Pollutants in baby formula

From the age of 6 months, babies can be fed with milk and cereal formula. This should provide children with sufficient dietary fibre, calcium and protein for a good development. However, it is possible that the formula can contain critical substances that are harmful to health.   Unwanted substances discovered in baby formula   Stiftung
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Listeria-Food-bilacon-Laboratory

Listeria monocytogenes in Food – Challenge Testing

Repeatedly, public recalls of food occur by the qualitative detection of Listeria monocytogenes. The legal basis for these recalls is Regulation (EC) No. 2073/2005 on microbiological criteria for foodstuffs. Chapter 1 lays down food safety criteria for ready-to-eat foods which may favour the reproduction of Listeria monocytogenes and which are not intended for infants or
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Pyrrolizidine alkaloid contents in dried and frozen herbs too high

Pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PA) are secondary plant constituents that have been detected in over 350 different flowering plants to date. The PA are formed by the plants as protection against predators. In nature, PA is mainly found in the plant genera Boraginaceae, Asteraceae and Fabaceae. In high concentrations PA, especially the 1,2-unsaturated PA, have a hepatotoxic
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Cannabis Products – What do Manufacturers have to consider?

Food from the hemp plant is strongly in the trend. Since the ban on the cultivation of hemp, Cannabis sativa L., was lifted in 1996, numerous products have come onto the market and are enjoying great popularity. Here one finds among other things hemp seeds, hemp protein powder or also hemp tea.   To use
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EU will not extend approval of Chlorpyrifos

The approval of chlorpyrifos, an insecticide, expires in January 2020. Chlorpyrifos has not been approved since 2009 in eight EU member states, including Germany, and products treated with it may not be placed on the market. Although the EU Commission’s peer review process is still ongoing, Efsa was asked to comment on the substance. Concerns
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Dog food tested – almost 1/3 inadequate

According to Regulation (EC) No. 767/2009, complete pet food must provide dogs with all necessary nutrients so that no additional feeding with other products is necessary. In June 2019, however, an examination of numerous pet food products revealed that almost one third of the products failed because they contained too small amounts of vitamins and
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Medical Device Regulation

Medical Device Regulation delayed to 2021

The replacement of the Medical Device Directive (MDD) with the Medical Device Regulation (MDR) has been delayed to 26 May, 2021. This delay is due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the EU wanting medical device manufacturers to prioritize the production of medical devices which will help fight coronavirus. Implementing MDR regulations would require medical device
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Ketchup testing

Ketchup testing ahead of barbecue season

With barbecue season approaching, people will start craving a side of ketchup to partner their meat. Ketchup may however contain a variety of substances which come with legal limits. These substances include pesticides, mould toxins, and ergosterol. Along with the aforementioned substances, ketchup also includes lycopene. High amounts of lycopene in ketchup is considered a
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Renolab

Renolab is extending its certification

In vitro pharmacodynamics (PD) for human use drugs with anti-infectious activity   Starting from 2019, the microbiology department at Renolab is extending its certification, thus continuing the providing of pharmacodynamics (PD) services based on the relationship between the properties of new drugs and bactericidal, fungicidal and virucidal effects. The tests will be conducted following the
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Salad

All Shiga Toxine-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) subtypes are pathogenic

The Pathogenicity assessment of “Shiga toxine-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) and the public health risk posed by contamination of food with STEC” from 2013 was recently reviewed by EFSA. Based on the assessment it was concluded that all STEC strains are pathogenic in humans, capable of causing at least diarrhoea and that all STEC subtypes may
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Food Fraud

Increase of food fraud during COVID-19 pandemic

Increase of food fraud during COVID-19 pandemic The COVID-19 pandemic has caused challenges in the food supply chain, partially due to the shift in supply and demand. While some food manufacturers are left with tremendous surpluses, others are struggling to keep up with their customer’s demands. For manufacturers who have seen an increase in demand,
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Mask tests

New: SARS-CoV-2 sampling kit for face masks

People infected with coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 secrete the virus through droplets when breathing out, speaking, coughing, or sneezing. Wearing mouth, nose, or any respiratory mask is therefore intended to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Studies have shown that SARS-CoV-2 can be detected in masks worn by infected people. To prevent a further spread of COVID-19,
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Klimaschränke

DSI-pharm expands storage capacities by the WHO climate zone IVb

Stability studies prove the quality of a drug. They serve as a basis for determining specifications and shelf-life information. The influence of storage time, temperature, humidity and light on the product quality is investigated. Long-term studies then make it possible, for example, to label temperature-sensitive products with storage instructions. Even after approval, follow-up studies can
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Listeria cheese

Listeria in cheese

Listeria bacteria may be found in a variety of cheeses. Seeing as the listeria bacteria causes serious foodborne illnesses, all cheeses believed to carry excess listeria may not be sold according to law, as this could lead to health impacts for the consumer. Raw milk soft cheeses contain listeria at a higher frequency than other
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Superfoods

Adulteration of Superfoods

Analysis options at lifeprint GmbH – A Tentamus Company   Goji berries, chlorella, chokeberries, chia seeds, hemp flour, etc. – the list of the much advertised so-called “superfoods” is long. The more exotic the food, the harder it is for the consumer to tell from its taste, consistency, smell and appearance whether he is looking
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On-site inspetion

Digital audits in times of the Corona Pandemic and afterwards

The Corona Pandemic poses a major challenge to all areas of life, including the food trade, catering and food manufacturers. In particular, the implementation of the new hygiene measures and official requirements to minimise the risk of infection with SARS-CoV-2 are becoming a considerable task for many retailers and restaurateurs. Tentamus is at your side
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