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Beta Analytic 2020 Holiday Schedule

Published on January 3, 2020

Please be informed that the Miami lab will be closed during these periods (all dates inclusive): • January 20 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) • February 17 (Presidents’ Day) • May 25 (Memorial Day) • July 3 (Independence Day) • September 7 (Labor Day) • October 12 (Columbus Day) • November 11 (Veteran’s Day) • November 26-27 (Thanksgiving Holiday period) • December 23-25 (Christmas Holiday period) • January 1, 2021 (New Year's Day) Read More

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. 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 Co-processed Fuels

Published on January 7, 2020

Efforts to decrease greenhouse gas emissions drive the growing production and use of biofuel blends. Beta Analytic’s Haley Gerson shares that fuel manufacturers have co-processed bio-oil with petroleum feeds as it is a cost-effective way to produce biofuels by using existing refinery processes, storage and transport infrastructure. Co-processing is also beneficial since it may help mitigate availability issues of biomass-derived fuels.

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Natural Cosmetics Act – Defining “Natural” vs “Naturally-Derived”

Published on December 27, 2019

A landmark bill introduced by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney at the 116th U.S. Congress aims to amend the 1938 Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act such that cosmetics with packaging or labeling using the term “natural” will be considered as misbranded if they do not meet certain standards.

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Carbon-14 Analysis Brings Transparency to “Natural” Claims

Published on December 13, 2019

Consumers all over the world are increasingly seeking more plant-based goods. The rise of plant-based eating is driven by multiple concerns including reducing environmental impact and supporting a healthy diet. This trend has also manifested in the cosmetics industry in the demand for natural, plant-based ingredients and packaging. Read More

Carbon-14 Testing can Verify if Ingredients are Naturally Sourced

Published on November 7, 2019

The rising consumer demand for naturally sourced supplements highlights the need to test botanical ingredients for potential adulteration, Beta Analytic’s Haley Gershon explains in a recent article published in Natural Products Insider.

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How to Promote your Biobased Laundry Products

Published on October 21, 2019

Within the household cleaning supplies industry, the preference for laundry detergents with plant-based ingredients (biobased) thrives as they are perceived to be more compatible with eco-friendly lifestyles. As consumer interest in chemicals used in laundry products continue to grow, how can manufacturers assure customers that their products are indeed biobased? Read More

Essential Oils Testing – Natural vs Synthetic

Published on September 25, 2019

In an article published recently in Personal Care Europe, Beta Analytic’s marketing specialist Haley Gershon described the value of Carbon-14 testing in the growing essential oils industry as a tool to help stop the spread of synthetic, petrochemical-derived ingredients erroneously labeled as "natural". Read More

Authenticating the Biobased Content of Flavors and Fragrances

Published on September 4, 2019

Ingredient adulteration and mislabeling of flavors and fragrances are often due to consumer demand for naturally sourced ingredients, the relatively high prices for these commodities, and the often limited availability of plant material. In a recent article, Beta Analytic Marketing Specialist Haley Gershon describes how carbon-14 testing provides reassurance that ingredient origin of flavors and fragrances are truly “natural.”

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Are Products Manufactured from Captured CO2 considered Biobased?

Published on August 12, 2019

When a material is incinerated, the carbon dioxide gas emitted can be captured and used to manufacture other products. For example, captured CO2 can be converted to potassium carbonate (potash) then used to make detergent and soap. Are these products considered biobased? The answer depends on the fuel burned to produce the emissions.

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Economic Adulteration in the Natural Products Industry

Published on July 23, 2019

In an article published recently in Nutritional Outlook, Beta Analytic’s Marketing Specialist Haley Gershon described the value of Carbon-14 testing in the food and flavors industry as a tool in identifying economic adulteration in natural products.

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