Leaders in Cannabis Formulations: Part 4

In this series of articles, Aaron Green sits down and interviews industry scientists and executives leading cannabis formulation companies. In Part 4, Green chats with Austin Stevenson, chief innovation officer at Vertosa, a cannabis infused ingredients company, to learn more about their solution and challenges in cannabis beverage testing.

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Cannabis Recalls: Lessons Learned After Three Years of Canadian Legalization

Many of the leading causes for cannabis recalls in Canada since legalization can be avoided with production and quality controls to reduce labelling errors and prevent product contamination.

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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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Cannabis Manufacturing Considerations: From Raw Materials to Finished Goods

Facility design and construction is a complex task to tackle when building a new manufacturing facility. In this piece, Kathleen May and David Vaillencourt detail the most important considerations when it comes to building a facility, from raw materials and utilities to process flow and further expansion.

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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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ASTM Proposes New Standard on Change Control Process Management

The new standard is being developed to address change control process management for the cannabis and hemp industry.

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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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