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.
In this Q&A, we sit down with legal experts, James T. O’Reilly and Edgar J. Asebey, to discuss the many intersections between cannabis business and the law. Following the release of the latest edition of the Legal Guide to the Business of Marijuana, published by Practicing Law Institute, they offer some insights on state regulations, federal law, employment, taxes and much more.
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.
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.
The Cannabis Labs Virtual Conference. Check out sessions from the September 14, 2021 event such as: Hemp & Delta-8 in the United States: The Evolution of the Hemp Testing Market, ISO 17025 Accreditation is NOT the Golden Ticket, Pesticides in Hemp: Challenges and Solutions and What to Expect When Opening a Lab in a New State.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.