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Can fish products contain harmful pollutants?

Fish sticks taste great to young and old and are one of the most popular foods in Germany. But can the popular fish sticks also contain harmful substances?   Increased fat pollutants detected in fish products   In a test, elevated levels of the fat contaminant 3-MCPD were found in 5 of 12 samples. 3-monochloropropanediol
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Oat drinks or oat milk?

Vegan plant drinks are trendy and not only for lactose intolerant people. To ensure that the start of the day with oat drinks is tasty and safe, bilacon analyses your products.   Which harmful substances may be contained?   Oat drinks can contain residues of heavy metals and pesticides The mycotoxins aflatoxins, huminosins, ochratoxin A,
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Algae leaves with harmful substances & too high iodine content

The Asian cuisine can hardly be without algae leaves. Here, they are often used for sushi variations or as a spicy ingredient in soups and salads. The most frequently used varieties are Nori and Wakame. But algae absorb pollutants from the environment and accumulate them. The Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL)
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Apple Sauce-Apple Puree-Analyis-bilacon

Apple sauce or apple puree?

Apple puree enriches our lives in combination with potato pancakes, milk rice, yoghurt or simply pure to spoon.   But what is the difference between apple puree and applesauce?   Apple sauce contains no added sugar, it only contains the fruit sugar from the used apples. On the other hand, according to the guidelines for
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Amendment of the Zoonoses Regulation

On 29 June 2020, the Fourth Regulation amending rules implementing Community legislation on food hygiene entered into force. In this course the Zoonoses Regulation was amended to cover zoonoses and zoonotic agents.   What are zoonoses?   Zoonoses are diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans. Zoonoses are caused by bacteria, parasites, fungi,
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BfR: New recommendation for minimum temperature for hot food

The BfR gives a new recommendation for the minimum temperature for hot food   In its statement no. 029/2020 of 07 July 2020, the BfR advises to keep heated food hot until consumption ensuring a temperature of at least 60 °C at all spots. This corresponds to a reduction of 5 °C compared to previous recommendations.
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Call for increased self-monitoring of spices

In recent years, the legal maximum levels for heavy metals, mycotoxins and pesticides in spices have frequently been exceeded. Therefore the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) is calling on importers and manufacturers to carry out more checks themselves.   How do heavy metals, mycotoxins or pesticides get into spices?   Mycotoxins
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Mandatory maximum residue levels for chlorate and perchlorate

On 04.06.2020, the European Commission published Regulation (EU) 2020/749 amending Annex III of Regulation (EC) No. 396/2005. According to this regulation, new maximum residue levels for chlorate in food will apply starting from 28.06.2020 without transitional regulation. Chlorate is the salt of chloric acid. It is released as a by-product when disinfectants are used and
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Labelling & testing of omega-3 fatty acid in food supplements

Consumers have a variety of ways to satisfy their daily omega-3 intake. While a balanced diet is one option, omega-3 can also be taken in through food supplements containing fish or algae oil. Foods that are rich in omega-3 include fatty fish (e.g. mackerel or salmon), walnuts and plant oils. Plant oils especially rich in
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Analysis of mineral water

Mineral water: what requirements must it fulfil?

Mineral water has a reputation of being clean and enriched with minerals. This cleanliness is a result of it being retrieved from very deep and well protected sources, which are subject to a minimum amount of treatment, and inaccessible to substances which are used near groundwater sources. Nevertheless, it is important that mineral water is
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Approval for COVID-19 Human Test – Tentamus Japan Laboratories

In these difficult days we are delighted to announce great news from Tentamus Japan. The laboratories are now approved for COVID-19 testing in humans. Tentamus Japan is already certified for testing of COVID-19 from surfaces, but now the laboratory is also approved for the more critical and essential test for COVID-19 in humans. The Tentamus
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New test for Coronavirus (COVID-19) in air

The WHO (World Health Organization) updates, in a document dated 09.07.2020, the latest findings on the infectious routes with SARS-CoV-2. Through its coordinator of the infection prevention unit, Benedetta Allegranzi, recognizes the evidence that the coronavirus remains in the air. These infectious agents are transmitted in particular through airborne droplets and aerosols. At the beginning
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NEW „TentaSpeed L. mono“: Testing for Listeria spp. and Listeria monocytogenes in food in 6h!

With the new rapid method “TentaSpeed L. mono”, developed at the BAV INSTITUTE, low bacterial counts of Listeria spp. and/ or L. monocytogenes can be detected in food within only 6h. The process has been successfully tested for various food groups, such as meat and fish products, dairy products and cheese, salads, delicacies and convenience products. The detection limit is <
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Tentamus laboratories offer air testing for SARS-CoV-2

WHO informs about the transmission routes of COVID-19 infections   In a current document dated 09.07.2020, the WHO (World Health Organization) updates the latest findings on infectious routes with SARS-CoV-2. These infectious agents are transmitted in particular via droplets and aerosols in the air. For this reason, several Tentamus laboratories offer tests to detect SARS-CoV-2
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Tentamus Watcher: Detecting & Monitoring Coronavirus in Wastewater

At Tentamus Group, we are happy to announce the launch of a new web tool capable of combining the results of the analysis of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) in wastewater together with indicators of health evolution: TENTAMUS WATCHER. The software generates graphics and visual information about the evolution of the coronavirus in cities and municipalities. It
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GLP Certificate for VelaLabs

July 2020:   VelaLabs again achieved the next major success regarding quality systems for its facility in Vienna. The Austrian  AGES/BASG granted VelaLabs a GLP certificate. With this certificate, as well as further certificates on GMP, ISO17020 and ISO17025, VelaLabs has now a very unique combination of quality systems for our different business units. We can
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Sample preparation in laboratory for food analysis

Performance of official controls in the field of organic production based on the Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 in conjunction with Regulation (EU) No 2017/625

The EU Control Regulation (EU) 2017/625, which will mainly apply from 14 December 2019, lays down the basic requirements for the structure and implementation of official food and feed controls within the EU in a binding manner. According to Article 37 of Regulation (EU) No. 2017/625, the competent authorities designate official laboratories which shall analyse
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Analysis of Phosphine in food and feed via Headspace-GC-PFPD

Tentamus Agriparadigma, Laboratory based in Ravenna (Italy), has been active for over 30 years in the analysis of pesticide residues in food and feed. In April 2020 the laboratory started a full revision of its method for the analysis of phosphine (phosphane and phosphide salts) in food and feed through the use of the most advanced
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Alcohol in disinfectant gels

Lack of alcohol in disinfectant gels

Laboratory analyses of various disinfectant gels have shown that many do not have the attributes required to effectively disinfect hands or surfaces. This inefficacy is due to an alcohol shortage in many disinfectant products. In order to control pathogens such as the novel coronavirus, hand gels must contain between 70 and 85% alcohol, and be
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TentaConsult Pharma & Med

Tentamus Group founds Pharma-Consulting Company

TentaConsult Pharma & Med   Münster, 06.07.2020 The Tentamus Group is expanding its business portfolio by launching a new company which will focus on consulting for pharmaceuticals and medical devices. The new company TentaConsult Pharma & Med GmbH will have its headquarters in Münster, Germany, and will start its business as of today. Ralf Sibbing,
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