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Natural vs Synthetic

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.

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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% naturally sourced. 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 […]

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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.

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Natural vs Synthetic – Turmeric Adulteration

Published on July 9, 2018

A 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 […]

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What Solution does Carbon-14 Testing Offer to Personal Care Manufacturers?

Published on May 22, 2018

Beta Analytic published an article in Personal Care Magazine entitled “Verifying natural ingredients via carbon-14 testing” detailing how carbon-14 testing can help manufacturers of personal care products. The personal care industry has seen increasing demand for “natural” products, with the natural and organic personal care products market value predicted to reach $21,776.9 million by 2024.1 The […]

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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.

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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 […]

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