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Flavors Carbon-14 Analysis

How to Identify Fraudulent Natural Products

Published on April 24, 2019

ISO 17025-accredited Beta Analytic presented the results of its garlic oil case study in an article published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. The lab tested five commercially available garlic oil — four were labeled as “natural” and one sample was clearly labeled as “artificial”. All five samples passed GC-MS testing. However, Carbon-14 […]

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Natural vs Synthetic Menthol – How to Check for Adulteration

Published on January 7, 2019

Menthol is a compound that is used across many industries from confectionary to pharmaceutical products. Its popularity and range of applications stems from its activation of cold-sensitive human tissue receptors. There are both natural and synthetic sources of menthol available today, with synthetic menthol expected to see increasing market growth.

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Verifying Natural Products: Is Carbon-14 Analysis Necessary?

Published on April 10, 2018

As natural products become more popular, so follows the increasing incentive for adulteration. There are many testing methods available to help authenticate natural products. However, owing to the complexity of many natural products and new adulteration methods, there is no single test that can guarantee 100% authenticity.

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How Do QC Analysts Confirm Petrochemical Adulteration in Bitter Almond Oil?

Published on February 15, 2018

Economically motivated adulteration of bitter almond oil is a major concern in the food and beverage industry. Quality control teams need a stringent method to confirm if their bitter almond oil ingredient is natural or has been artificially made from petrochemical derivatives. Although there are several techniques that can detect adulteration, only carbon-14 analysis can […]

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How Carbon-14 Analysis Enhances Garlic Oil Quality Control

Published on November 14, 2017

Garlic oil is vulnerable to economically motivated adulteration and misleading or false labeling. ISO 17025-accredited natural products testing lab Beta Analytic selected garlic oil as subject of a case study precisely because of these reasons and to highlight the need for strict quality control measures for essential oils. Beta Analytic tested five garlic oil samples […]

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What is “Natural”?

Published on October 22, 2017

The definition of “natural” has been a popular topic for years following the growing interest in natural products. The claim lacks clear regulation in many industries, resulting in ambiguity for consumers seeking natural products. While regulations catch up with trends, it is important for businesses with natural products to be able to offer clarity for […]

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Carbon-14 Natural Product Analysis of Raspberry Ketone

Published on July 25, 2017

Raspberry ketone has long been used in the flavor and fragrance industry for its characteristic fruity aroma and more recently as a dietary supplement. Its scientific name is 4-(p-hydroxyphenyl)-2-butanone and it can either be extracted from raspberries or synthesized. Natural product analysis based on Carbon-14 testing is a useful tool for verifying whether raspberry ketone […]

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Vanilla and Natural Product Testing – Why Does It Matter?

Published on June 29, 2017

As consumers place growing importance on “natural” ingredients, there are increasing instances of synthetic alternatives, which are often cheaper, being used in place of the more expensive naturally sourced products. Alongside this trend is a growing concern among consumers regarding the use of petroleum-sourced synthetic materials.

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Beta Analytic Discusses Backing Up Clean Label Claims

Published on June 21, 2017

In a Food Ingredients First journal, Beta Analytic Global Operations Manager Jasmine Garside talks about how biobased content/Carbon-14 testing of food ingredients can back up manufacturers’ “no artificial ingredient” claims as part of the growing clean labeling trend. Claims that food and beverages have no artificial flavors or colors can be verified by testing whether […]

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How Carbon-14 Analysis Can Verify Natural Claims

Published on March 23, 2017

Beta Analytic Global Operations Manager Jasmine Garside discusses in a Natural Products Insider article how Carbon-14 analysis can substantiate natural claims in flavors and fragrances and why companies should incorporate the analytical test in their quality assurance programs.

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