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Biobased Products

Carbon-14 Testing is Vital to Support Biobased Claims

Published on March 26, 2019

Beta Analytic’s marketing specialist Haley Gershon discussed in a recently published article how biobased certifications contribute to consumer confidence. As the demand for natural and eco-friendly products continue to grow, an eco-label could make one company stand out from its competitors.

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USDA to add 30 Product Categories to BioPreferred Program

Published on October 23, 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is proposing to add 30 new product categories to the BioPreferred Program and amend these four existing categories – general purpose de-icers, firearm lubricants, laundry products and water-clarifying agents.

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USDA Adds Intermediates to BioPreferred Program

Published on August 10, 2018

Effective August 9, 2018, manufacturers of several biobased intermediates can join the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s BioPreferred Program. Qualified intermediates will be afforded procurement preference by federal agencies and their contractors.

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BioPreferred Program – Choosing a Qualified Lab for Biobased Content Testing

Published on June 29, 2018

Not all laboratories providing ASTM D6866 biobased content testing are qualified to provide such service to applicants of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s BioPreferred Program. Biobased content testing labs must first be accepted by Safety Equipment Institute (SEI), the manager of the BioPreferred Program’s Product Certification and Labelling initiative. SEI requires that labs must be ISO […]

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What Solution does Carbon-14 Testing Offer to Personal Care Manufacturers?

Published on May 22, 2018

Beta Analytic published an article in Personal Care Magazine entitled “Verifying natural ingredients via carbon-14 testing” detailing how carbon-14 testing can help manufacturers of personal care products. The personal care industry has seen increasing demand for “natural” products, with the natural and organic personal care products market value predicted to reach $21,776.9 million by 2024.1 The […]

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How to Authenticate Beta Analytic’s Reports

Published on May 3, 2018

To help its clients assure third parties that their biobased testing results are legitimate, ISO 17025-accredited lab Beta Analytic has set up a report validator in its website. Third parties can now verify the authenticity of a Beta Analytic report presented to them.

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USDA BioPreferred Program Starts 2018 Product Audit in May

Published on April 25, 2018

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin its BioPreferred Program audit activities in May 2018. The USDA will email all participants to request that they complete an online Audit Declaration of Conformance. Participants are given 30 days to respond to the audit request. The USDA expects the auditing process to be completed by October […]

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How to Identify USDA Certified Biobased Bath Products

Published on March 16, 2018

Consumer perception of personal care products is changing in favor of those formulated with natural ingredients. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has included personal care items like bath products in its BioPreferred Labelling Program, making it easier for consumers to identify which ones are significantly made of materials from feedstocks, agriculture or forestry. […]

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10 Kinds of Biobased Chemicals

Published on February 21, 2018

A large part of the world is slowly transitioning from having an economy dependent on fossil fuel to one that is more environmentally sustainable, centered around biomass.1 To achieve this, countries have started looking into biobased chemicals from various biomass sources. In 2004, the United States Department of Energy (DoE) highlighted a dozen platform or […]

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Hair Care Products in the USDA BioPreferred Program

Published on February 7, 2018

The consumer perception of traditional hair care has been changing over the last few years, as evidenced by increasing demand of more natural products that provide healthier and better results. This growing trend shifts the business focus to producing greener eco-friendly products that are, in large part, made of biological materials from agriculture, forestry or […]

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