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November 2014
  • LPU Belongs to the GBA Group
  • Colored Labels on Packaged Foods
  • Successful Appearance at the CPhI in Paris
  • All Lab Services GmbH
  • Donation to Muenchner Tafel e.V.
  • New Facilities in Pinneberg
 

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The GBA Laboratory Group Has Expanded:
As of August 1st, 2014, LPU Labor für Pharma- und Umweltanalytik GmbH Belongs to the GBA Group

By Carsten Schaffors, Dr. Andreas Hofmann, GBA Laboratory Group

On August 1st, 2014, the GBA Laboratory Group once again grew even larger. As of that date, LPU Labor für Pharma- und Umweltanalytik GmbH, located in Martinsried, near Munich, is now a member of the group and will further strengthen our division for pharmaceutical analysis.

LPU was founded over 25 years ago by Ernst Maier. With 30 employees and 1,000 square meters of floor space, the acquisition of LPU will complement GBA's large service portfolio in the pharmaceutical field. This laboratory has a special focus on coupled analysis technologies, such as ICP-MS, LC-IT-TOF-MS, LC-MS, and LC-CAD. The laboratory is FDA approved and has a manufacturing authorization according to the German pharmaceutical laws (AMG-Novelle) §13, 15, as well as permission to conduct third-party cross-checks according to § 65 para. 4 of the AMG-Novelle.

Together with LAT GmbH Institut für Pharma-Analytik, located in Graefelfing, and Phytos Labor für Analytik von Arzneimitteln GmbH & Co. KG, based in Neu-Ulm, these three pharmaceutical labs in the GBA Laboratory Group now form one of the largest analytical service providers in the pharmaceutical field.With this mutually beneficial merger, the GBA Laboratory Group has now grown to include 10 locations in Germany's major metropolitan regions. With about 430 highly qualified employees working on a total of 15,000 m2 of laboratory floor space, we offer a comprehensive portfolio for analytical services and consulting in the fields of environmental, foodstuff, pharmaceutical, and consumer goods analysis.

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Colored Labels on Packaged Foods:
Migration of Photoinitiators

By Carsten Schaffors, GBA Laboratory Group

Printed labels are often attached to food packaging or the label is printed directly on the product packaging, either for the purpose of providing information, advertising, and/or decoration. The transfer of chemical compounds from the labeling ink to the food product cannot always be ruled out. In official state monitoring programs, test results demonstrated contamination from printing ink components that exceeded the acceptable health limits.[1] Currently there are no legally binding, substance-specific regulations concerning the transfer of ink particles from packaging to food products, neither on the national level nor on the EU level.[2] On July 24th, 2014, the German Federal Ministry of Health published a draft for the twenty-first act to revise the German consumer goods regulation (BedGgstV), also known as the printing ink regulation. From now on, the substances used to create printed consumer products for food and the transfer of those substances onto the food should be regulated.

In the project titled "the scope of the migration of ink particles from packaging material into food products," funded by the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture, and Consumer Protection, a wide variety of different kinds and amounts of food products and their packaging were tested in order to survey the situation.[2] The focus of the project was on packaging that has long-term contact with the food product contained within. In the year 2013, the testing was expanded once again in order to enable an assessment of the significance of label stickers on packaging material as well as the practice of printing directly onto contact materials such as disposable plates or plastic cups.[2] These articles are printed using a UV printing process in which photoinitiators create free radicals under the influence of defined UV radiation, which then initiate the hardening process for the ink.

In a variety of food products, benzophenone, 4-methylbezophenone, primary aromatic amines, and petroleum-derived hydrocarbons were detected. The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) suspects that these compounds have the potential to cause damage to the kidneys, liver, lymph nodes, and even to lead to an increased cancer risk.[1] Additionally, some printing ink chemicals with unknown potential effects were found in substantial concentrations.[1] Due to the lack of a toxicological evaluation of these substances, the BfR recommends abstaining from using them in order to prevent any health risk for the consumer.

The goal of the revisions to the consumer goods regulations is to compile a list of the substances that are allowed to be used for printing consumer goods for contact with food products, including the defined limit values. Based on the toxicological data available, risk assessments will be possible and limit values can be derived. If such data is not available, then the usage of a given substance should only be allowed if there is no possibility of the substance being transferred to the food product. The presence of CMR-substances (carcinogenic, mutagenic, or toxic for reproduction) should be entirely ruled out if it is not possible to assess their safety or derive limit values for the transfer of these substances to the food products. Furthermore, suppliers should be required to issue a written statement with specific declarations for the individual printing inks, so the customer receives all information necessary for complying with the corresponding food laws and regulations.

In the field of consumer goods analysis, the GBA Laboratory Group also offers a diverse range of migration tests. In addition to checking the packaging materials, saliva tests are also part of our portfolio.

If you have any questions about this field, then please feel free to contact us:

GBA Gesellschaft für Bioanalytik mbH
Dr. Reiner Ranau
Tel: +49 (0)40 797172-0

Literature:
[1] „Entwurf der Einundzwanzigsten Verordnung zur Änderung der Bedarfsgegenständeverordnung (BedGgstV)“, BMEL - Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft (German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture) July 24, 2014
[2] „Bunte und schillernde Farben – Einfluss der Bedruckung von Lebensmittelkontaktmaterialien auf das verpackte Lebensmittel“, Report by CVUA Stuttgart, April 14, 2014

 

The GBA Laboratory Group Makes a Successful Appearance at the CPhI in Paris

By Carsten Schaffors, GBA Laboratory Group

More than 34,000 visitors from 140 countries visited over 2,200 exhibitors at the CPhI in Paris, October 7 – 9, 2014. This year, the GBA Laboratory Group, with our business unit for pharmaceutical analysis, participated for the first time as an exhibitor at the leading international trade fair for the pharmaceutical industry. The three pharmaceutical labs of the GBA Group – LAT GmbH, LPU GmbH, and Phytos GmbH – each of which are already big names in pharmaceutical analysis, exhibited together at one booth.

The appearance of the "new" name caused quite a buzz. The visitors were very interested in seeing our booth. The event organizer, ICSE, awarded the GBA Laboratory Group's stand a prize for sustainability. Interesting talks with our existing clients and successful introductions to potential new customers both ensured that the GBA Laboratory Group's premiere at the world's leading trade fair for the pharmaceutical industry can be considered a great success.

The comprehensive portfolio that the GBA Laboratory Group can offer due to the merger of the three labs – LAT, LPU, and Phytos – represents an interesting option for many international customers who would like to receive services in the analytical and regulatory sector all from one source.

If you would like to gain further information about the pharmaceutical analysis division of the GBA Laboratory Group, then please contact us:

LAT GmbH
Tel.: +49 (0)89 858967-0

Phytos Labor für Analytik von Arzneimitteln GmbH & Co. KG
Tel.: +49 (0)731 / 97 439 - 0

LPU Labor für Pharma- und Umweltanalytik GmbH
Tel.:+49 (0)89 899229-0

 

Joint Venture Company Gaining Speed: All Lab Services GmbH

By Carsten Schaffors, GBA Laboratory Group

The joint venture company All Lab Services GmbH, founded in December 2013 and located in Vienna, Austria, is supported by the GBA Laboratory Group's 51% stake in the company. In the past few months, All Lab Services GmbH has been able to acquire the first major contracts and has thus successfully completed its entry into the Austrian market. Together with our partners Dr. Roland Buchner (Vienna) and Werner Weninger (from Klagenfurt, Kaernten), we offer high quality analytical services in the fields of environmental, foodstuff, and consumer goods analysis. Moving forward, in addition to Austria, the Adriatic region will also be developed as a market for the joint venture.

The GBA Laboratory Group is rooting for the success of All Lab Services.

Contact us at:

All Lab Services GmbH
Dr. Herwig Doellefeld
Tel.: +43 (1)98286-30

 

GBA Laboratory Group Donates to Charity:
"Muenchner Tafel e.V."

By Carsten Schaffors, GBA Laboratory Group

To celebrate the 25 year company anniversary of the GBA Laboratory Group in June, (as reported in » Newsletter No. 11), 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.

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.

 

New Facilities for the GBA Laboratory Group Completed: The Division for Environmental Analysis Has Expanded

By Carsten Schaffors, GBA Laboratory Group

The time has finally come. In September, the expansion of the Pinneberg laboratories were completed and now an additional 800 m2 of lab space is available on two floors for GBA's environmental analysis division. In addition to the new offices for the further expanding project management team at that location, the main focus was on modernizing the laboratory space. Sections from the original laboratory wing were moved to the new facilities and the departments for liquid chromatography (HPLC and LC-MS/MS) for environmental analysis in Hildesheim and Hameln have now been merged together at the Pinneberg site. The modernization and repurposing of the older facilities will now be carried out in the coming weeks.

We are pleased that the GBA Laboratory Group is constantly growing. With these measures, GBA will continue to meet the demands of the market, which constantly require labs to stay up to date with state-of-the-art technology.

Contact us:

GBA Gesellschaft für Bioanalytik mbH
Mr. Ralf Murzen
Tel.: +49 (0)4101 7946-0

 

The GBA Laboratory Group Successful at the COTECA Fair in Hamburg

von Sabine Gerkau, GBA Laborgruppe

In September, the tea and coffee trade fair "COTECA" in Hamburg was a complete success for the GBA Laboratory Group. For the first time, we presented the new "face" of the company (see » Newsletter No. 12) to over 3,000 domestic and international visitors in this business. The associated technical conference provided detailed information about upcoming topics in the field. Dr. Schuett, our resident tea and coffee expert at GBA, held a special lecture as part of the segment on quality control, transparency, and product safety, titled "Residue contaminant dualism – a challenge for tea trade in the E.U." Keep an eye out for the next newsletter, where we will provide an in-depth report on this topic.

If you have any questions about this field, feel free to contact us:

GBA Gesellschaft für Bioanalytik mbH
Dr. Frank Schuett
Tel.: +49 (0)40 797172-0


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