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Microbial Identification Capabilities

Q Laboratories, Inc. has added another tool to our microbial identification capabilities by acquiring the Bruker MALDI Biotyper®. This technology allows for rapid, cost-effective, accurate identification of thousands of microorganisms (including yeasts and filamentous fungi) using state-of-the-art technology. It can be used for environmental, product and/or research and development applications. Classification and identification are based

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Restaurant Labeling Provision in Limbo

Post-election angst about the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare, has spilled over into the food/restaurant industry. Since the new Menu Labeling requirements for restaurants with 20 or more units, as well as rules for vending machines and supermarkets that serve ready-to-eat food, are part of the ACA, industry stakeholders are anxiously

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Is it a Cosmetic or a Drug… or Both

The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) defines cosmetics by their intended use, as “articles intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the human body…for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance” [FD&C Act, sec. 201(i)]. Among the products included in this definition are skin moisturizers,

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Food Recalls – Environmental Monitoring

Two (at least) recent food recalls were the result of FDA inspectors finding a positive pathogen result on an environmental monitoring (EM) sample, such as a swab or sponge. More troubling to hear was the fact that the positive result came from a sample taken from a Zone 3 or 4 location, meaning a non-food

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Safe Transport of Food Products as per FSMA

Another aspect of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that attempts to provide food protection throughout the entire supply chain is the safe food transport rule. According to an FDA press release, “the rule will require those involved in transporting human and animal food by motor or rail vehicle to follow recognized best practices for

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FSMA Addresses Companion Animal Food

Due to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), pet food now faces similar FDA regulations as human food. Companion animal food and treats are now subjected to Good Manufacturing Practices and Preventive Controls, just like the food you put on your table. The pet food industry has experienced recalls and alerts due to pathogen contamination in the

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Q Laboratories, Inc. Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Founded in 1966, Q Laboratories, Inc. has served the food, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, health & beauty care and OTC industries, providing cutting-edge microbiology and analytical chemistry laboratory services. For 50 years, we have helped companies around the world produce safe, high quality products and assisted them in maintaining the high level of excellence they demand for

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Welcome to the Q Laboratories, Inc. Blog

As a leader in the microbiology and analytical chemistry laboratory industry we will utilize this blog to keep other industry stakeholders apprised on issues in the industries we serve as well as relevant information on what is happening at Q Laboratories, Inc. Stop back often!!

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