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Natural Product Testing

Carbon-14 Testing Verifies “Natural” Claims in Supplements

Published on June 26, 2019

In a recent publication, Beta Analytic’s marketing specialist Haley Gershon explains how Carbon-14 testing can be used to authenticate natural ingredients used in the supplements industry. As the market for supplements and vitamins grows, it becomes more and more important for suppliers to be able to substantiate claims that their products are “naturally sourced” to […]

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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 Peppermint Oil – How to Screen for Adulteration

Published on March 15, 2019

In a recent issue of Perfumer & Flavorist, Beta Analytic Marketing Specialist Haley Gershon described how carbon-14 analysis can be used to screen for synthetic petrochemical-derived adulterants in essential oils like peppermint oil.

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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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3 Types of Adulteration in Dietary Supplements and How to Detect Them

Published on December 21, 2018

Economically motivated adulteration is a serious problem for many products, including dietary supplements. The association with being natural and having a positive impact on health has led to the increasing popularity of dietary supplements. The responsibility of the safety of these supplements lie primarily with the manufacturer. Both in the United States and European Union, […]

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Beta Analytic Discusses the Adulteration of Curcumin and Natural Products

Published on November 12, 2018

In a recent edition of Nutraceuticals Now, Beta Analytic Research Associate Anna Lykkeberg examined the adulteration of curcumin and how this translates into quality control for natural products in general. The article outlines the adulteration challenges and the role that carbon-14 testing can play in detecting petrochemical-derived adulterants in curcumin as well as the implications […]

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Natural or Synthetic Vitamin E – Does It Matter?

Published on October 9, 2018

The vitamin supplement market has boomed over recent years and is expected to reach a global market value of USD 81 billion by 2025 according to Persistence Market Research. Looking at Vitamin E in particular, its origin—natural or synthetic—has been a popular topic of discussion. As consumer interest increases in natural products, vitamin supplements have […]

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How to Validate “Natural” Ingredients in Cosmetics

Published on September 4, 2018

In an article published in Personal Care Europe magazine, Beta Analytic highlighted the use of biobased testing to screen cosmetic ingredients claiming to be 100% naturally sourced. Beta Analytic’s Marketing Specialist Haley Gershon discussed the rising consumer preference for “natural” cosmetic items, global initiatives to ban microbeads in personal care products, and biobased testing as […]

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Beta Analytic Examines the Adulteration of Natural Ingredients

Published on July 27, 2018

In a recent edition of the Food Safety Magazine, Beta Analytic Global Operations Manager Jasmine Garside and Research Associate Anna Lykkeberg discussed the adulteration of natural food products. The article outlines how carbon-14 testing can enhance supply chain integrity and food safety by detecting synthetic petrochemical-derived adulterants that are mislabelled on food products and ingredients.

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Natural vs Synthetic – Turmeric Adulteration

Published on July 9, 2018

A recent bulletin from the American Botanical Council highlights the key adulteration challenges facing turmeric, along with information about the market, safety considerations and scientific analysis. Turmeric adulteration was first reported in the 1970s. As the author Ezra Bejar, PhD, summarized, “the adulteration of this plant species is an extensive, complex and multifactorial enterprise driven […]

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