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Beta Analytic 2019 Holiday Schedule

Published on January 4, 2019

Please be informed that the Miami lab will be closed during these periods (all dates inclusive):

• May 27 (Memorial Day) • July 4 (Independence Day) • September 2 (Labor Day) • November 28-29 (Thanksgiving Holiday) • December 23, 24, 25, 26 (Christmas Holiday) • January 1, 2020 (New Year's Day)
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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 17025-accredited, have no direct exposure to artificial carbon-14 and can demonstrate capability to perform ASTM D6866 testing. Read More

Verifying Natural Products: Is Carbon-14 Analysis Necessary?

Published on April 10, 2018

essential oils carbon 14 analysisAs 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. Read More

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. Read More

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, they do not have to be submitted for testing prior to being put on the market. The result is a market that is vulnerable to adulteration. The difficulty with detecting adulteration is that it requires an individualized approach. Depending on the product and each potential adulterant, a different analytical technique may be required. This article will outline different adulteration methods of dietary supplements and how they can be detected. Read More

The Nitrate Time Bomb

Published on December 3, 2018

The popularity of nitrogen-based fertilizers in agriculture for decades has contributed to a vast amount of anthropogenic nitrogen entering the nitrogen cycle. In soil, a significant component of the nitrogen is in its nitrate form, which leaches into waterways. While nitrates are present in water naturally, this extra nitrate can increase the nitrate concentration to above the safe levels for drinking water and, in certain circumstances, contribute to nutrient pollution and the formation of toxic algal blooms. Read More

ASTM International Awards Beta Analytic’s President Darden Hood

Published on November 26, 2018

darden hood receives astm findley awardThe ASTM International Committee D20 on Plastics recently awarded Beta Analytic and its president Darden Hood the William N. Findley Award for contributing to the development of ASTM D6866 - Standard Test Methods for Determining the Biobased Content of Solid, Liquid, and Gaseous Samples Using Radiocarbon Analysis. Read More

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 adulteration holds for supply chain integrity and the use of the "natural" label. Read More

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. Read More

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 not escaped public scrutiny over the presence of synthetic versions. Read More

Algal Bloom in Florida and the Role of Nitrates

Published on September 14, 2018

Florida has been subject to a host of toxic algal blooms at Lake Okeechobee and spreading along the coast. Besides being unsightly, they have serious consequences for the environment and the local population. Algal bloom is defined as the excess growth of algae in water. It can be caused by a combination of certain factors including sunlight, slow-moving water and excess nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus, also referred to as nutrient pollution. Read More

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% "natural". 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 an analytical tool to identify the presence of petrochemical-derived ingredients in cosmetics. Read More