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Read time: 2 minutes According to a recent study from Harvard University, the US EPA, and NIEHS, traditional targeted analysis techniques poorly characterize the PFAS
If you’re in the dairy or food testing business, you know the threat aflatoxins pose. Aflatoxins are a type of mycotoxin produced by Aspergillus parasiticus, aspergillus flavus , and rarely aspergillus nomius.1 These are likely the most extensively researched group of mycotoxins because of their adverse health effects.2 What’s more, they are widely found in a variety of crops, namely maize, tree nuts, and spices. Believed to be primarily caused by rising temperatures and humidity, these naturally occurring fungi grow on crops in the field, or during storage of feed and raw materials, where they can potentially produce toxins that enter the food chain.
If you have ever wondered what gives long-lasting cosmetics their staying power, you may now have your answer. Scientists have found highly persistent, potentially harmful “forever chemicals”—known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)—in half of the cosmetic samples they tested in a new study published in June 2021.
Short-chain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are increasing in the Canadian Arctic environment, with the most rapid increases occurring post-2000, according to a recent study in Geophysical Research Letters (April 2020). For example, trifluoracetic acid (TFA) in the Devon Ice Cap increased ~10-fold from 1.4 μg/m2 per year during 1977–1989 to 10.3 μg/m2 per year during 2001–2014. The authors of the study suggest that the increased short-chain PFAS concentrations post-2000 were from new chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) replacement chemicals produced as a result of the 1987 Montreal Protocol treaty. One of the paper’s lead authors, Professor Cora Young of York University in Toronto, Ontario, discussed the study findings during the inaugural episode of my new video podcast, “PFAS fireside chats with Craig Butt.
The completion of the human genome project in 2003 opened the door to unprecedented insight into the human body through its DNA code. We now know that our genome encodes our proteins, that our proteins are the molecular machinery of certain functions that take place in our cells and that the end products of these functions are our metabolites.
When Pacific salmon start to die in large numbers, with no identified cause, people take notice. This concern stems not only from the possibility of an environmental issue that could additionally affect human health, but also, in this case, from the cultural and economic importance of Pacific salmon.
Cannabis strains not only have different effects, but also serve different purposes. In the mainstream world, cannabis is grouped into 3 distinct strains: Indica, Sativa and hybrid. Indica strains are of Hindu Kush Mountain origins, and they are high in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content and dense cannabidiol (CBD). They are often believed to be relaxing and are used in pain management. Sativa strains, on the other hand, have a more energizing effect, and hybrid strains are a combination of Indica and Sativa.1
Read time: 4 minutes Introduction to cannabis: analysis Cannabis is a broad umbrella of classification that includes both hemp and marijuana. Check out a recent
Swimming is a favorite summer pastime for many, and swimming pools are frequent destination for this activity. Of course, keeping the water in swimming pools clean means the use of disinfectants, and researchers at the University of Alberta in Canada published some insightful findings in this area. Wei Wang and coworkers in the university’s Division of Analytical and Environmental Toxicology conducted a study using the SCIEX Triple Quad™ LC-MS/MS System to quantify the presence of halobenzoquinones (HBQs), a class of disinfection byproducts (DBPs) of health relevance, in swimming pools.