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GBA Laboratory Group Donates to Charity: "Muenchner Tafel e.V."
To celebrate the 25 year company anniversary of the GBA Laboratory Group in June, the Managing Director Dr. Herwig Doellefeld handed over a check donating € 5,000 to the "Muenchner Tafel e.V.," a food pantry charity in Munich. Instead of celebrating the anniversary with a party, GBA donated a total of € 15,000 to food pantry charities in the cities of Hamburg, Munich, Gelsenkirchen, and Hanover. more

Dr. Doellefeld officially presented Ms. Hannelore Kiethe (co-founder and chairman of the "Muenchner Tafel e.V.") and her team with the donation, which will be used to purchase food that will be distributed to the needy and to other social institutions that provide food to the hungry.

With this gesture, GBA once again would like to highlight the company's commitment to supporting charitable projects. Dr. Doellefeld has been a Managing Director at the GBA Laboratory Group since 2012 and is responsible for GBA's business unit for pharmaceutical analysis, which is represented at three locations in Bavaria.

see also: facebook/muenchnertafel

MRL for anthraquinone - 0.02 mg/kg
According to Commission Regulation (EC) 1146/2014 amending Regulation (EC) 396/2005 a specific maximum residue level of 0.02 mg/kg has been set for anthraquinone in tea, herbal infusions and spices. more

Considering that the use of anthraquinone is no longer authorised within the Union and no authorised uses in third countries have been notified, the MRL is based on the lower limit of analytical determination. The Regulation goes into effect on 18.11.2014.

Source: EUR-Lex,, 04.11.2014

Temporary limit values have been set for BAC and DDAC
Based on existing monitoring data, the European Commission will incorporate temporary limit values for BAC and DDAC into Annex III of the Regulation (EC) No 396/2005. more

Based on existing monitoring data, the European Commission will incorporate temporary limit values for BAC and DDAC into Annex III of the Regulation (EC) No 396/2005. Within five years, these maximum residue levels should be examined in order to allow the evaluation of new studies to be taken into account. The maximum residue level of 0.1 mg/kg is valid as of November 12, 2014. For the currently acceptable limit value (0.5 mg/kg), there will be a transitional period of nine months after the regulation goes into effect, i.e. until August 12, 2015.

Quelle: EUR-Lex,, 28.10.2014

How time flies… The GBA Laboratory Group Celebrates 25 Years
This year, the GBA Laboratory Group reaches a major milestone. Twenty-five years ago, on June 27th 1989, the GBA Laboratory Group was founded in Hamburg-Harburg by Dr. Dr. Erich Döllefeld, laboratory doctor and chemist. more

In those days, Dr. Dr. Döllefeld ran a practice for laboratory medicine in Harburg. Due to the changing demands, he decided to separate the chemical analysis part from the medical analysis practice in order to meet the market demands for this field as well. The spectrum of analyses comprised the fields of food and environmental testing. This was later expanded to include consumer goods and pharmaceutical analysis. Having begun with seven employees and 450 sq.m. of laboratory space, the business continued to develop over the years.

"Today we can proudly view a group of companies that has demonstrated healthy development within the last two and half decades, with approximately 15,000 sq.m. of laboratory space and about 400 employees," said Manfred Giesecke, Managing Director and stakeholder. Over 25 years, one small laboratory has turned into 9 sites throughout Germany. Although there have also been a few hurdles to jump over along the way, Dr. Dr. Döllefeld and Mr. Giesecke both agree on their motivation: "We have always followed our vision, have believed we could succeed, we took advantage of opportunities, and together with our employees we have worked hard to come to this point."

We would like to share our success with other people, and we have decided not to do that in the form of a big celebration. As was the case on several occasions in the past, the GBA Laboratory Group would like to use its anniversary as an opportunity to highlight its philanthropy. That's why we donated the total sum of € 15,000 to the Open Kitchen Foodshare of Hamburg, Munich, Gelsenkirchen, and Hannover. The Open Kitchen Foodshare of those cities collect food donations of contributors and sponsors and share them out to people or social institutions with food distributions. "With this initiative, we would like to make people happy," said Manfred Giesecke "who, because of different fatalities, are dependent on others’ help." "Social responsibility was always a major issue at GBA,” explained Dr. Dr. Döllefeld “and we are delighted if we can help as many people in this way. That way they might participate a little bit as part of our success the past 25 years."

Last but not least, the successful development of the GBA Laboratory Group is due to the many clients who we have had the privilege of working together with over so many years. At this point, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your trust and loyalty. In the future, we will continue to make it our goal to be a competent and dependable partner for all of your analytical service needs and inquiries, so that we may celebrate many more anniversaries together in the future.

CPhI in Paris, October 7th - 9th, 2014
The CPhl is the world´s leading trade show in the pharmaceutical field. Visit the GBA Laboratory Group in hall 1 at stand 1K23. Our pharmaceutical companies Phytos Labor fuer Analytik von Arzneimitteln GmbH & Co. KG and LAT GmbH present their wide range of lab services. more

Over 34.000 pharma industry professionals from more than 140 countries take part in this pharma event and make the CPhI to the best place to network with the global pharmaceutical community.

For further information about the CPhl and appointments please click on the following company:

Phytos Labor fuer Analytik von Arzneimitteln GmbH & Co. KG

COTECA 2014 in Hamburg, September 24th - 26th
It's that time once again. The COTECA Global Industry Expo takes place in Hamburg every two years. We cordially invite you to visit us at our stand number 123 in Hall A4 and to get information about our product portfolio and services. more

From Wednesday, September 24th, to Friday, September 26th, the Hamburg expo will open its doors for all international participants in the coffee, tea, and cocoa markets. Here the focus is on the entire processing in these fields, from the harvest all the way to the delicacy of the final product. Furthermore, the expo also deals with the significance of the necessary technology and the most important services in this field.

The GBA Laboratory Group will present itself at COTECA in the service field, or more specifically, the analytical service field. 

Furthermore, Dr. Schuett, our resident tea and coffee expert at GBA, will be holding a special presentation at the accompanying COTECA conference. The general topics for the morning of Thursday, September 25th, are quality control, transparency, and product safety. At 12:15 p.m., Dr. Schuett will present on the analytical technology as an integral part of the quality assurance process, particularly with regards to the synergies between the producer, the laboratory, and the traders.

Over the years, COTECA has developed into an international meeting point for the industry. We are looking forward seeing you at the expo and having interesting conversations!

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