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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

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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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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The Nitrogen Cycle and the Role of Nitrates

Published on February 28, 2019

Nitrogen is present on Earth in many forms, mostly as inert nitrogen gas in the atmosphere. Understanding the mobility of nitrogen is important in many realms, particularly when factoring in the shift in balance that human interference has caused.

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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. 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, the 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