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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

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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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 originnatural or synthetichas 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

USDA Adds Intermediates to BioPreferred Program

Published on August 10, 2018

Effective August 9, 2018, manufacturers of several biobased intermediates can join the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s BioPreferred Program. Qualified intermediates will be afforded procurement preference by federal agencies and their contractors. Read More

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. Read More

Natural vs Synthetic – Turmeric Adulteration

Published on July 9, 2018

carbon-14 analysis curcuminA 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 by economic incentive". Read More