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Fake honey and what you can do about it

Honey adulteration is a major issue and the fight against fake honey will be a long and arduous one, but let’s start at the beginning.   How is commercial honey produced? Honey bees and a few other related insects are responsible for making the sweet, viscous food substance that is mostly produced by secretions, regurgitation,
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Wildfires and Smoke Taint Impact on Grapes and Wine

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, wildfires have also been a catastrophic force in Northern and Southern California burning almost 4 million acres to date. Wildfires are adverse ecological disturbances, with the global geographic distribution being heavily dependent upon three major factors- frequency of ignitions, availability of vegetative resources, as well as
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What is dicamba and how can it be tested?

  Due to recent developments dicamba has making headlines as to whether or not it is safe for use for farmers across the US. According to, on June 3, 2020, the 9th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals removed the registration for the following  dicamba-containing herbicides. Xtendimax (EPA Reg. No. 524-617) Engenia (EPA Reg. No.
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New maximum allowable levels for Lead and Cadmium in food

We inform our customers about the upcoming amendments to EU Regulation 1881/2006 amending the maximum levels for Lead and Cadmium in foodstuffs. The Commission has recently published two amendments to Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006, introducing new maximum values for lead and cadmium in food. These Regulations are, respectively: COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) 2021/1317 of 9 August
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STA KALITE Kontrol Lab Turkey

STA KALITE joins the Veltia -Tentamus Family

As a part of its development strategy, VELTIA Labs for Life® Group – member of the Tentamus Group and Redestos – Efthymiadis Agrotechnology Group –  has advanced to further expand its current activity in Turkey, where a sample preparation lab in Antalya region has already been operating for the last two years. More specifically, the
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EPA Revocation of Chlorpyrifos Tolerances

In April 2021 the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the EPA must ban all uses of chlorpyrifos relating to food stuffs, allowing them to retain tolerances for only those uses that could be proven safe for children. In August of 2021 the EPA announced that due to the determination that “the current aggregate
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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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Selling food supplements – what do you have to pay attention to?

In order for you to safely market your dietary supplements, they must be analytically verified. This is how you ensure that your products are marketable – i.e. free of contaminants and residues, correctly labeled and that they contain the claimed contents of vitamins, for example. The Food Supplements Ordinance regulates the specifications for the labeling
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Video showing VelaLab's laboratory for ligand binding assays

LOOK inside the labs – discover Velalabs’ ligand binding services

August 2021: For the characterization of proteins, interaction analysis is essential. See which methods we apply in our laboratory to investigate binding interactions of molecules.  Resulting parameters include kinetics, affinity, specificity, concentration and content. Pharma and Biotech companies can rely on broad experience in providing tailormade applications to help understand binding interactions in detail. Take a look into the laboratories of VelaLabs!   Click HERE for further information on
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Expansion of Services – Tentamus Japan Laboratories

Tentamus Japan has been certified for immuno-diagnostic testing laboratory services for human health. The certification allows for samples from patients to be tested for an array of test items related to diagnostic for human health. One of the tests with immediate demand is testing of antibodies IgG IgM to Covid19 virus; essential to the local
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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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Use of Antibiotics on Citrus Crops from July 2021

In May 2017 the EPA issued a time-limited emergency exemption to allow the use of streptomycin and oxytetracycline in Florida citrus crops to battle citrus greening. As of 2021 the allowance of use of these antibiotics on citrus has been expanded to include Californian crops as well. This change was spurred by a major reduction
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Tentamus North America adds analysis for Aflatoxins

Tentamus North America continues to grow   Fredericksburg, Virginia – The team at Tentamus North America has been busy adding new testing methods to support your business. To aid companies in the food sector the laboratory has added HPLC analysis methods for Aflatoxins B1, B2, G1 and G2, and ELISA analysis for Aflatoxin M1.   Aflatoxins,
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