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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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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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Food Supplements in Online Shops

Food supplements are legally defined as foodstuffs which serve to supplement the diet. They are usually offered in the form of tablets or capsules and can thus provide the body with additional vitamins or minerals, for example.   Obligation to notify food supplements   Before a food supplement can be placed on the market, it
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We are shocked! – Dark chocolates tested

They say chocolate makes you happy – but only if it is safe and of good quality! 24 different dark chocolates have been tested recently, but not all of them were found to be good. According to the Cocoa and Chocolate Products Regulation, chocolate is defined as a product containing at least 43% total dry
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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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PAHs and mineral oils in rapeseed oil

Rapeseed oil is a vegetable oil obtained by pressing rapeseed. A distinction is made here between refined and cold-pressed oils. Cold pressed oils are produced without heat treatment and refined oils are obtained on the basis of different processing steps. Rapeseed oil contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and is mainly used for frying and
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