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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. Read More

Beta Analytic 2018 Holiday Schedule

Published on January 18, 2018

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

• May 28 (Memorial Day) • July 4 (Independence Day) • September 3 (Labor Day) • November 22-23 (Thanksgiving Holiday) • December 24, 25, 26 (Christmas Holiday) • January 1, 2019 (New Year's Day)
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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 ... Read More

Nitrate Contamination and the Sources of Nitrate Pollution

Published on March 28, 2018

Nitrogen from a variety of sources can make its way into groundwater and waterways. A certain level of nitrogen is naturally present in the environment and nitrate in low quantities are necessary nutrients. However, the high levels of nitrate found in major anthropogenic contributors such as agricultural runoff, nitrogen-based fertilizers, animal manure and sewage pose a problem. Read More

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 base chemicals that could possibly replace the fossil or petroleum-based building blocks in value-added chemicals. These include carboxylic acids, isoprene, ethanol, amino acids, vitamins, and even industrial enzymes.2 Read More

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 confirm petrochemical adulteration. The method measures the exact percentage of a material that is sourced from biomass (natural).   Read More

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 feedstocks. Manufacturers can then apply to have these products certified under the USDA BioPreferred Program, where they must meet or exceed the minimum biobased content percentage for that specific product category. Read More

BioPreferred Products for Pest Control

Published on January 22, 2018

As consumer demand for safer and greener products in pest control continues to rise, more and more businesses are hoping to get certified under the USDA BioPreferred Program. These biobased products can either be industrial or commercial goods made in large part with biological materials from agriculture, forestry, intermediate, or feedstocks. Read More

Carbon-14 Analysis of Vitamin B Complexes

Published on November 22, 2017

Beta Analytic Global Operations Manager Jasmine Garside discusses in the Autumn 2017 issue of Nutraceuticals Now the challenges surrounding development, procurement and labeling of “all natural” products and how carbon-14 testing can be used to check the veracity of "natural" Vitamin B preparations. Read More

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 their consumers on what assurances they have in place to substantiate their “natural” labels. Read More