Archive for the 'Botanical Identification' Category

DNA Testing Perspectives with Susan J. Murch, PH.D.


As Alkemist Labs begins providing Next Generation DNA testing services to clients, we are expanding our education to help demystify testing issues around using DNA for botanical identity in the natural products industry. Here we have some explanations to common questions from our friend and colleague Susan J. Murch, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry, University of

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Lab Questionnaire Guides Contract Lab Audit


In a previous article titled, “Picking the Right Contract Labs for Testing Success,” I brought to light some of the many aspects and considerations involved in choosing the best fit for cGMP (current good manufacturing practice) testing needs.

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Picking The Right Contract Labs for Testing Success


Rare is the company that solely sows the seed, grows the botanical, processes or combines it with other ingredients and finally puts the finished product on the store shelf. A handful of them still exist today, making up many of the leaders in this industry.

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It’s Now Herbal Products’ Turn to (Unfairly) Wear the Scarlet Letter


A recent research article, “DNA barcoding detects contamination and substitution in North American herbal products,” has generated a considerable amount of attention toward its findings. Having read, reread and read again the entire article, I humbly accept any offerings of gratitude for saving you time, as these two sentences summarize the entire article:

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Quality Assurance as Marketing Strategy


In today’s marketplace, differentiating your brand from others can be a delicate dance amongst trending value propositions (i.e., Why should potential customers use your services over others?). While marketing relevance can be like aiming for a moving target, one marketing trend whose relevance is growing exponentially is quality assurance.

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Pursuing Botanical Sports Supplements Means Separating Fact from Fiction


As the CEO of a quickly growing testing lab, I offset the stresses of work and life with a strict regimen of boot-camp-like exercise. That said, I am also guilty of trying to alleviate my self-induced fitness “hardships” and enhance my physical abilities with a barrage of novel sports supplements, specifically powdered pre-workout sports nutrition supplements and post-workout supplements.

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