Announcement according to agave syrup
As from November 2017 testing according to the Mexican standard for the export of agave syrup will be required, QSI offers/will offer these tests. In addition to testing by NOM-methods (official Mexican norm), QSI offers sophisticated and comprehensive authenticity tests using LC-IRMS and NMR. Please click here for further information.
We are pleased to announce that QSI staff is supported competently by
Martin Linkogel, food chemist
Mr Linkogel has longtime experience in the fields of method development and quality control on food and pharmaceuticals.
In his capacity as QSI deputy managing director he provides competent expertise to all questions according to our services on food and pharmaceuticals.
Analysis of hemp products and cannabis
The popularity of products containing hemp (Cannabis) for industrial use (low in cannabinoids) is continuously increasing. Hemp seeds or protein powder produced from hemp are typical products available on the market. As the amounts of narcotic/psychotropic substances may differ considerably between different types of hemp it is crucial to know the exact content of these compounds in the product.
Analysis of these substances requires a special authorization by the Federal Opium Agency (Bundesopiumstelle) as the necessary reference materials belong to the group of narcotic/psychotropic substances. QSI holds this special authorization and is entitled to perform these analyses of hemp products.
For further information click here.
Furan in coffee beans
Furan can be formed in foods during heat treatment, for example during coffee roasting. Furan has also been found in further heat-treated foods like bread or canned vegetables and canned meat. Amino acids and sugars are believed to play a key role in the formation of furan in foods.
Furan has been classified as possibly carcinogenic for humans by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), therefore the intake by humans should be as low as possible. Up to date there are no legal limits or indicative values for furan in foods. Please click here for more information.
Neonicotinoids in Honey
The use of neonicotinoid pesticides has increased significantly since the introduction in the 1990s. Currently, they represent a quarter of the world’s insecticide market. By eliminating of patent protection, the production of cheap generics in India and China has also become available. The most used substances are imidacloprid, thiamethoxam, clothianidin, acetamiprid and thiacloprid.
The substances are particularly relevant for bees due to the comparatively high toxicity. For further information on Neonicotinoids please click here.
Quant QS new member in Tentamus Group
We are delighted to welcome Quant Qualitätssicherung GmbH (Germany) as a new member under the auspices of the Tentamus Group. With the key focus of Quant QS is microbiology including hygiene & consulting services to regional clients with strong focus on bio product we are again able to broaden our microbiological portfolio.
Gudrun Beckh speaker and guest at annual Hungarian Beekeeping Congress
At Szent István University in Gödöllő the annual Beekeeping Congress took place in November 2016. QSI-CEO Gudrun Beckh took part and gave a speech. Her lecture presented the frauds which are detectable by many analyses in laboratories and thereby expose the adulterators. Etienne Bruneau was another international guest, he is President of Apimondia Commission “Beekeeping Technology and Quality”.
Arne Dübecke speaker and guest during his Asia business trip
Within the scope of travelling Asia Arne Dübecke visited the “China International Food Safety and Quality Conference” from 2nd to 3rd November 2016 in Shanghai. He gave a speech according to “Fighting Food Fraud with NMR Spectroscopy”, Wuhan appeared on his agenda, too. In Kaohsiung, Taiwan he took part in “BIT’s 5th annual World Congress of Food and Nutrition – 2016″ from 18th to 20th November 2016. In addition to NMR analysis he made a speech about “Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids in food – A potential Health Thread?”
Kudam S. L. new member in Tentamus group
We are delighted to welcome Kudam S. L. (Spain) as a new member under the auspices of the Tentamus Group. With its expertise in pesticide analyis we are again able to broaden our scope of services internationally.