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Expanded Columbia Pesticide Profile (P2210) available

December 2010 — Columbia Food Laboratories has purchased a new Agilent gas chromatograph with a triple quadrupole mass spectroscopy detector (GC/MS/MS). This equipment is allowing us to reach lower detection limits for many of the pesticides which are analyzed by gas chromatography. It is also highly selective, allowing for quicker and easier confirmation of positiveContinue Reading

Test available for tylosin in honey

May 2009 — Tylosin is an important antibiotic with relatively low toxicity. It belongs to a class of antibacterials known as macrolides. American foulbrood (AFB) is a disease of honey bees caused by a spore-forming bacteria, and is considered to be one of the most widespread and lethal diseases affecting honey bees in the world.Continue Reading

Test available for melamine and cyanuric acid

Milk Products Contaminated with Melamine In March 2007 high levels of melamine and cyanuric acid were discovered in imported flour (mislabeled as wheat gluten), which was subsequently used in the manufacture of some pet foods. It is believed the chemicals were added to increase the nitrogen content of the cheaper flour to make it appearContinue Reading

Tests available for mycotoxins

New Tests Added for Mycotoxins (mold toxins) January 2009 — CFL has added new tests for deoxynivalenol (also known as DON or vomitoxin), fumonisins, ochratoxin A, and zearalenone (also known as ZEN or ZON). Deoxynivalenol is a metabolite of Fusarium molds and occurs predominantly in grains and cereals. It can cause toxicosis in humans andContinue Reading