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Water Activity (aw) Test

Water Activity (aw) Test

To grow, all things need food and water. Without water, life does not exist. One molecule of water is composed of two hydrogen atoms bonded with one oxygen atom. Water is required by all cells to: Transport oxygen, nutrients, and wastes,  Support DNA and protein cell structure, and Buffer drastic changes in pH levels. Water’s molecular structure with one positively charged side and one negatively charged side allows water to bond with other asymmetrically charged molecules to do things like support cell structure. In the case of ‘free water’ or unbonded water, the asymmetric charge breaks up or dissolves bonded...

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FDA Registered Facility

FDA Registered Facility

Imagine living in the 19th century. It was an age of industry, experimentation, and scientific discovery. Some advancements, however, were not always in the best interests of public health and safety. According to a federal government history site, the United States government began using chemical analysis to monitor the safety of food products as early as 1848. The passing of the Pure Food and Drugs Act in 1906, gave the federal government regulatory power to protect the public from misbranded or adulterated food and drugs. The regulatory body in charge became officially known as the US Food and Drug Administration...

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Amazon ISO 17025:2017

Amazon ISO 17025:2017

To ensure only lawful and safe dietary supplements are sold on Amazon, Amazon announced new policies in November 2020 for supplement products. Amazon will take down supplement brands’ merchandise if the required documentation has not been provided. Documentation is required for products requiring a supplements fact panel according to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act). What are Dietary Supplements? According to the National Institute of Health, dietary supplements are any products intended to supplement the diet. These supplements include minerals, vitamins, amino acids, fish oils, enzymes, herbs or botanicals, and many other ingredients taken to improve health and...

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ISO/IEC 17025:2017

ISO/IEC 17025:2017

CTLA operates on open, honest communication and a dedication to providing timely and reliable laboratory test results for food, dietary supplements, and cosmetic products. We are committed to providing the best possible laboratory services and have obtained ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accreditation from Perry Johnson Laboratory Accreditation, Inc (PJLA). What is ISO/IEC Accreditation? To set global standards for products, manufacturing, and services, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) first met in 1946. ISO’s 23,777 set standards oversee international standards for every aspect of modern life and focus on raw materials and process control. These standards are documented in ISO publications and materials and help assure...

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Food Allergen Testing

Food Allergen Testing

Millions of Americans are affected by food allergies. An allergic reaction may be relatively mild, but uncomfortable, like dealing with hives. Some people, however, develop extremely dangerous food allergy reactions that cause life-threatening respiratory issues and shock. For food safety, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires all ingredients be listed on packaged food products and beverages. More specific labeling requirements are required for identified major food allergens. Major Food Allergens Food allergies cause a person’s immune system to react to the proteins in a certain food. The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 identifies...

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