Cannabis Business Summit & Expo Announces Keynote Speaker

Industry leader and advocate Troy Datcher will be presenting at the NCIA’s Cannabis Business Summit & Expo in San Francisco, December 15-17, 2021.

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bioMérieux Gets AOAC Approval for PCR Detection of STEC and Salmonella in Cannabis

According to a press release, bioMérieux has achieved the first ever AOAC International approval for PCR Multiplex Detection of STEC and Salmonella in cannabis flower for their GENE-UP® PRO STEC/Salmonella Assay.

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Lean Management in a Cannabis Lab

Lean management or Lean thinking is a process for continuous improvement that can be applied to any business. In this piece, Rob Radke, president of Method Testing Labs, walks us through how to implement Lean processes in the cannabis laboratory.

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Ask the Experts: Aspergillus Across the Supply Chain

In this Q&A, we sit down with microbiology experts to discuss contamination throughout the cannabis lifecycle. From cultivation to the laboratory, they detail best practices for cannabis cultivation facilities and testing labs when it comes to identifying and remediating microbial contamination and specifically, Aspergillus.

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Colorado to Bolster Hemp Testing Rules, Rollout Delayed

Earlier this year, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) announced a plan to introduce new testing rules for the state’s hemp industry, including residual solvents, heavy metals and pesticide analyses. While the rollout has been delayed to 2022, regulators are allowing hemp companies to work with out-of-state labs to prevent a lab testing bottleneck while they bring everyone up to speed.

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ACS Laboratory Launches Tested Safe Certified Seal Program

The Florida-based cannabis lab testing company announced the roll out of their proprietary “Tested Safe Certified Seal” program, which gives products that pass compliance testing a symbol on their label to bolster consumer trust.

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Kaycha Labs Joins NIST’s CannaQAP

The Florida-based cannabis testing laboratory announced their successful participation in NIST’s cannabis quality assurance program (CannaQAP) as part of their effort to promote industry standardization.

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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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Reducing Cross Contamination in Your Lab

Labs have long dealt with the threat of cross contamination, which leads to reduction in test accuracy and turnaround time, ultimately costing both the lab and the grower significantly.

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4 Trends Propelling the U.S. Cannabis Testing Market: 2021-2027

New market opportunities, more requirements in testing regulations, new technologies and other factors are leading to a much larger cannabis testing market in the next five years.

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