Send samples and necessary documents to Miami
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Beta Analytic Inc.
4985 SW 74th Court
Miami, Florida 33155
All hazardous materials (containing combustible elements) must adhere to International Air Transport Association (IATA) regulations; details can be found in the Fedex Packaging Dangerous Goods section.
Samples Received in Miami
A Beta representative will contact you to confirm the safe arrival of your samples and to quote you a delivery date for the results.
Your application with USDA will ask you to list your product as either a retail product or an intermediate product. “Retail” is defined as a product that is purchased directly by the consumer or is packaging used “as-is” to contain a product purchased by the consumer. “Intermediate” is a raw material which is sold, then modified or used in making a “retail” which is then purchased by the consumer.
If you have listed your material on the USDA application as an intermediate product, it is OK to sub-sample and deliver in any packaging appropriate for the material. Beta Analytic will take a picture once the sample is received in the laboratory.
If you have listed your material on the USDA application as a retail product, USDA would like you to send a sample in its retail packaging (usually the smallest available is requested by the laboratory). The laboratory is required to take a picture of this as third-party validation of what was analyzed (i.e. the result was obtained on material taken from the same container shown in the picture). You cannot sub-sample and take a picture yourself for a product applied for as a retail product. You must send the product in its final consumer packaging. There is no self-declaration option for retail product sub-sampling.
Beta Analytic can receive a maximum of 25 grams or 25 mL per sample. If your product is bigger, please contact ASTM to obtain approval for sub-sampling before it is submitted for testing.
It’s either Beta Analytic or Iowa State University that needs to do the sub-sampling. The client should ensure that the products to be sent can be safely disposed of in the state of Florida. For example, bleach is okay, but certain solvents are not okay. If there is a doubt, please consult the laboratory before submitting the sample. If you would like to sub-sample a retail product before submitting it to the laboratory, please consult the USDA.
The Iowa State University pathway is ONLY intended for materials which cannot be disposed of legally by pouring down the drain or throwing in the garbage in the state of Florida. Please consult the USDA before submitting those samples to Iowa State University. Iowa State University will sub-sample the samples for Beta Analytic.
Excess product sent to the Beta Analytic MUST BE suitable for disposal in the garbage. This is listed as a requirement in the Participant Agreement and/or Sample Shipping and selection document. In cases when this is not so, an arrangement with Iowa State university (which hosts the USDA side of the application process) will accept the sample, take the picture, and sub-sample on behalf of the USDA and forward the sample to Beta.
After you have reached the stage of signing a contract with ASTM (the Participant Agreement), ASTM will instruct you to contact Beta to discuss the details of the analysis (including appropriate quantity to send and where to send it).
Beta Analytic Laboratory Reminders:
– Heterogeneity issues
Results will only be representative of the actual material analyzed. Heterogenous materials should be discussed with the laboratory prior to analysis to ensure the sample is representative of the whole product.
– Presence of Carbonates
ASTM D6866 requires carbonate components to be excluded from the biobased content result. Special procedures are required for materials containing carbonates. The lab needs to know if there are carbonates within your product and discussion must be pursued prior to analysis to ensure accurate results.
– Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) and other Volatile Components
If you want to analyze the VOCs in your product, please consult us before shipping the sample. We can only analyze gases submitted as CO2 (either pure or in air mixtures).
Accurate analysis requires recovery of all available carbon within the product. If a biobased component is volatile and a petroleum component is not, the measured biobased content for the product will be too low if the volatiles are not recovered in the same proportion as the non-volatile petroleum components. Special procedures are readily applied to handle such samples but the laboratory needs to be aware of the need, e.g. evaporative hand sanitizers. Note that it is the submitter’s sole responsibility to provide the laboratory with this information.
– Carcinogenic Materials
Please take note that we do not have the facilities for handling or disposing of certain hazardous materials. As such, we cannot accept carcinogenic substances or materials requiring special disposal procedures. In the case of highly flammable or certain toxic materials (e.g. phenols), we can accept very small quantities such that disposal is not an issue. However, please contact us in advance of sending the samples to discuss on the appropriate amount to send.
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