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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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Cannabis Shelf/ Stability Studies

  Ensure shelf stability and longevity of your products with a shelf-life study at Columbia Labs! Shelf-life studies have been a staple of food safety in America for decades and are rising as a regulatory requirement across several emerging industries, especially cannabis and hemp-infused products needing to qualify for import, export and consumption. Columbia has
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Kratom Alkaloid Profile Expanded, Validated safety testing

Columbia Laboratories offers reliable, comprehensive contaminant and quality Kratom testing with an 8-business day turnaround time. Kratom Potency Testing Kratom quality, or “potency,” is measured by quantitation of distinct alkaloids. Kratom “potency” testing can be performed on a variety of matrices, from leaf material and extracts to tinctures and gummies. As of 2021, Columbia Labs
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Beta Glucans Testing is now available

Columbia Laboratories now offers quantitative testing for yeast and mushrooms! As the premier consumer safety laboratory in the Pacific Northwest for more than 30 years, Columbia Labs brings rock solid scientific fundamentals to the functional mushroom industry. “We are excited to offer this for our diverse clients who are pushing market doors open with innovative
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Systems and procedure packs

How to pack medical packages Both the MDD 92/43/EEC and the MDR 2017/745 allow packages of different products that are combined in a meaningful context for a specific intended use to be placed on the market. According to the MDD, these must be CE-marked products. The MDR also allows non-CE marked devices if their presence
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Tentamus Group welcomes its first laboratory in Portugal!

Globalab, a laboratory specialized in microbiological analysis for the Environmental and Food industry, becomes the first Tentamus laboratory in Portugal. Based in Marinha Grande (Portugal), Globalab offers a wide range of microbiological analytical services focused on the agri-food and environmental sector. Globalab opened its doors in 2004 and has since become a reference laboratory in the
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Tentamus - Partnership with Horn & Company

Tentamus Group and Horn & Company enter into partnership

Combined expertise for retail & life science industry   The Tentamus Group, a global network of highly specialized laboratories in the life science sector, is pleased to announce the conclusion of a long-term cooperation with the top management consultancy Horn & Company. Both companies are already independently recognized as „hidden champions“ in their respective industries. 
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Detection of eggs as an allergen

In the EU, 14 substances are defined that can cause allergies or intolerances when consumed. These substances are listed in Annex II of Regulation (EU) No. 1169/2011 and includes, among others, chicken eggs. Substances that may cause allergies or intolerances must be highlighted in the list of ingredients according to Article 21 of the Food
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SMS Expansion – Cosmetics Testing Services

Southern Microbiological Services (SMS Ltd.) has been offering UKAS accredited microbiological testing services to the food and drinks industries since it was established in 1987. Our laboratory is also RSA approved. Located near Wellington, Somerset, in the UK, SMS Labs is excited to be able to extend our offering to include cosmetic testing.   Sally
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A new laboratory is joining the Tentamus Group in Italy!

The Tentamus Group is proud to welcome C.A.I.M. Analysis Laboratory to its international network of laboratories and service providers.   Based in Follonica (Province of Grosseto, Italy), C.A.I.M. Laboratory offers chemical and microbiological analysis and consultation services, providing valuable support to companies operating in the agri-food, oenological and environmental sector.   C.A.I.M. is among the
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