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Erin Crowley Named President-elect of AOAC Int’l Board of Directors

In September, at the AOAC International Annual Meeting in Denver, Q Laboratories’ Chief Scientific Officer Erin Crowley was announced as President-elect of the AOAC International Board of Directors. She will complete one year as President-elect and then serve as President of the BOD for 12 months beginning with the 2020 AOAC Annual Meeting in Orlando. Erin is Chair of the AOAC

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Should You Use an Outside Lab? – 5 Factors to Consider

You pour your heart and soul into your products. You spend eight hours a day (who am I kidding, at least eight) assuring items are safe and of the highest quality. Except for your family, you spend more time caring for and nurturing your products than anything else in your life. How can you be

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Environmental Monitoring Can Reduce Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI)

According to data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1 in 31 (3.2%) of U.S. hospital patients contract a healthcare-associated infection (HAI).  This amounts to approximately 2 million nosocomial infections per year in the US, resulting in 90,000 deaths and incurring a cost of $28- $45 billion to hospitals, Medicare/Medicaid,

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Microbial Hazards of Seed for Sprouting

Due to concern over, “the continuing outbreaks of foodborne illness associated with the consumption of raw and lightly-cooked sprouts,” the FDA recently released a Draft Guidance entitled, “Reducing Microbial Food Safety Hazards in the Production of Seed for Sprouting Guidance for Industry.” After reviewing 50 outbreaks of foodborne illness associated with sprouts between 1996-2018, resulting

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FDA Provides Guidance on “Small Business” Designation

Stakeholders familiar with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) may have noted the Agency’s efforts to minimize the financial and time-consumption burdens placed on smaller regulated establishments who may not possess the vast resources of larger firms. Companies designated as “Small Businesses” are granted more time to reach compliance with

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Food Allergen Control Program

In 2004, responding to an increase in foodborne illnesses caused by allergens, the United States Congress passed the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA). Implemented in 2006, FALCPA established clear guidelines for labeling foods regarding the presence of allergens, providing consumers with more straightforward and accessible information to protect their families and themselves.

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To CFU or Not CFU – Probiotics Enumeration

On September 6, the FDA submitted for comment a Draft Guidance entitled, “Policy Regarding Quantitative Labeling of Dietary Supplements Containing Live Microbials: Guidance for Industry.” The document addresses how to list the quantity of probiotic ingredients on dietary supplement product labels. Current FDA regulations require listing dietary ingredients, including probiotics, by metric weight such as

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Stability Testing for Pharmaceuticals

Stability testing is utilized to determine if the quality of a drug substance or drug product is altered over time by various environmental factors, such as light, temperature, and humidity. A drug “substance,” often referred to as an Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API), is defined as the unformulated material that may subsequently be formulated with excipients

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Q Laboratories Becomes First U.S. Lab with Food Virus Testing Accreditation

Q Laboratories is the first United States-based laboratory to include Norovirus and Hepatitis A testing in food, water and environmental samples listed on their ISO 17025 Scope of Accredited Methods. An A2LA Assessor was onsite at Q Laboratories on June 15 to evaluate the rapid, qualitative methods and facilities used to screen for the viruses.

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Q Laboratories’ Collaboration Recognized for Excellence

Q Laboratories served as the expert laboratory on two studies resulting in AOAC approval of methods recently named Methods of the Year by the AOAC International Official Methods Board.  The studies, commissioned by Bruker Corporation, demonstrated proficiency of AOAC Official Method 2017.09 Confirmation and Identification of Salmonella species, Cronobacter species, and Other Gram-Negative Organisms Bruker

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Q Laboratories Cuts Ribbon on New Building

On Thursday, May 17th, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and Hamilton County Commissioner Denise Driehaus were on hand to help cut the ribbon on Q Laboratories’ new 30,000 sq.ft., $10 Million laboratory building located on Knob Hill in East Price Hill on the Westside of Cincinnati. Q Laboratories’ COO David Goins has been with Q Laboratories

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Q Laboratories Named Finalist for Deal Maker Award

The Cincinnati Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG Cincinnati) held their 19th Annual Deal Maker Awards on May 16th at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati. At the event, Q Laboratories was recognized as one of the finalists for the annual Deal Maker award. The Deal Maker Awards are a tribute to the region’s outstanding companies

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Q Laboratories Wins Growth Award

Q Laboratories’ CEO Jeffrey Rowe and COO David Goins were on hand April 19 at historic Cincinnati Music Hall to accept the James A. Wuenker Growth Award presented by The Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Cincinnati. The REDI Growth Award selection committee reviewed 86 projects submitted for the award, but only four were chosen for this prestigious

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Determining Antimicrobial Effectiveness

An antimicrobial or preservative is defined as a chemical agent that will kill or inhibit the growth of microorganisms. Common antimicrobials utilized in drug, OTC, cosmetic, and personal care products include parabens, alcohols, and quaternary ammonium compounds.  Antimicrobial Effectiveness Testing (AET) also known as Preservative Efficacy Testing (PET) is microbial challenge methodology performed to assure

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Q Laboratories Partners with Bruker on New Official Methods Approvals

MALDI Biotyper® Receives AOAC International Approvals  Q Laboratories served as the lead laboratory for two studies gaining AOAC-Official Methods of Analysis (OMA) Status for the Bruker MALDI BioTyper® (MBT): Confirmation and Identification of Salmonella spp, Cronobacter spp. and Other Gram Negative Organisms by MBT Method (OMA#2017.09) and  Confirmation and Identification of Listeria monocytogenes, Listeria spp. and

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Jeffrey Rowe Featured on Podcast

Q Laboratories’ President and CEO Jeffrey Rowe was featured on the “What Works for Biz” podcast entitled “Why Treat Employees Like Owners.” You can listen to the podcast here Jeff discusses principles from his book, “Just Do These Few Things: How to Find and Develop Exceptional Talent, Share the Wealth, and Build a Great Company

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New USP Elemental Impurities Chapters Near Implementation

On January 1, 2018, USP/NF Chapter 231 on Heavy Metals will be shuttled and new chapters 232, 233 and 2232 on Elemental Impurities will be implemented. What does this mean? It means that the century-old qualitative colorimetric test for the presence of Heavy Metals has been replaced by considerably more sophisticated methods (ICP-OES and ICP-MS)

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Q Laboratories Opens Food Virus Lab

Q Laboratories has opened a state-of-the-art Food Virus Detection Laboratory at their Cincinnati, Ohio location. Utilizing Real-Time PCR technology, Q Laboratories can test food, water, environmental swabs, and food surface swabs for the presence of Norovirus (GI and GII) and Hepatitis A. The lab was purpose-built specifically for virus detection, involving a three-room dirty to

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Erin Crowley Named Fellow of Prestigious Scientific Organization

Q Laboratories’ Chief Scientific Officer Erin Crowley has been selected as a Fellow of AOAC® International. She will be presented with the honor during the Awards Ceremony on September 25th at the upcoming AOAC International Annual Meeting and Exposition in Atlanta. Erin is has served AOAC® International in many capacities and is currently Chair of

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