AOAC Accreditation: Why Third-Party Approval Matters More Than Ever

At the end of the day, cannabis testing labs want to keep the public safe and it is our job to do so. This means implementing these independently approved methods from agencies such as AOAC at various touch points in the seed to sale cycle to ensure the data is validated and reliable.

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How Do You Know You’re Right? qPCR vs. Plating

When it comes to cannabis pathogen testing, facts are more important than comfort. In this piece, Dr. Hom advocates for qPCR over plating methods when conducting microbiology testing in cannabis

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The Need for More Stringent Testing in Cannabis

Milan Patel, CEO and co-founder of PathogenDx, shares insights on the current state of cannabis testing in the U.S., where we’re falling short, and how we can right the trajectory of the industry by establishing better testing procedures.

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Beyond Compliance: Understanding and Combating Contamination

In this piece, Jill Ellsworth and Dr. Tess Eidem discuss an overview of microbial contaminants that can adversely affect harvests and consumers, while providing insights into the importance of quality assurance and Good Manufacturing Practices.

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Salmonella & Aspergillus: Controlling Risk in Your Supply Chain

Salmonella and Aspergillus contamination can occur throughout the cannabis supply chain, from seed to sale. Implementing a supply chain risk assessment and management program will enable you to determine where the greatest risks lie among your ingredients and suppliers, allowing you to allocate resources based on that risk.

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Connecticut Seeks to Change Microbial Testing Regulations

Regulators in Connecticut have submitted a rule change for allowable levels of yeast and mold, following a feud between a testing lab and stakeholders in the state’s medical cannabis industry.

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Detecting Microbial Contamination in Cannabis

Two steps are better than one: In this piece, we suggest a cost-effective protocol for microbiology testing in cannabis that satisfies state regulations and streamlines the testing process.

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AOAC Approves Two New Microbiological Assays

Last week, AOAC approved PathogenDx’s Quantx assay for total yeast and mold. This week, they approved Medicinal Genomics’ PathoSEEK 5-Color Aspergillus Multiplex Assays.

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Leaders in Cannabis Testing – Part 1: A Q&A with Milan Patel, CEO and Co-Founder of PathogenDx

In this series, Aaron Green sits down and interviews a number of laboratories and technology providers leading the cannabis testing space. In Part 1, Green sits down with Milan Patel, CEO and co-founder of PathogenDx, to learn more about their technology and business model.

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Ask the Experts: Microbiological Contamination in Cannabis & What You Should Look for

Anna Klavins and Jessa Youngblood of Hardy Diagnostics discuss the biggest challenges facing cannabis testing labs when it comes to microbiology testing.

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