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The North American Leader In Pesticides, Genetically Modified Organisms, Microbiology & Nutrition.
NOVEMBER 2013 As part of our continuous in-house quality control procedures, we have recently completed a re-validation of our analysis methods for nearly 600 unique pesticides. We are very proud of the work completed by our analytical team as this process has been quite involved and taken the better part of this past year. The validation included each compound being analyzed as 10 individual spikes at the minimum detection limit (MDL) with a Trueness threshold of 70-120% recovery in each case. A robust 5 point calibration curve was used for confirmation. For these recovery studies we required Repeatability Precision with a relative standard deviation (RSD) of <20%. As part of the process a full signal to noise evaluation was completed for each analyte, as well, in order to further our understanding of the behavior of these residues on our instruments. For all analytes success was measured as a signal to noise ratio of greater than 10. Through this process we were able to refine many of the methods that we use for pesticide residue testing and also confirmed the capabilities for our ever expanding pesticide residue testing services.
OMIC USA Passes EPA Audit With Flying Colors
Exciting news: Last Month the EPA visited OMIC USA to audit a completed Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) study previously submitted to the EPA. The inspection team also performed a facility compliance review to assess OMIC’s compliance status with the EPA’s Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) GLP regulations.
The purpose of EPA study audits is to validate data in final reports that have been submitted to the EPA in support of a registration or marketing petition. Compliance reviews are performed to determine that FIFRA GLP regulations are being observed in the testing facility’s current procedures and practices for pertinent studies.
That both the study audit and facility inspection resulted in only one minor finding demonstrates OMIC’s ongoing capability for analytical performance of GLP compliant studies.
GMO Labeling The Next Frontier
June 2013 Issues surrounding genetically-modified (GM) food products are having a polarizing effect on the nation as “the right to know” increasingly affects consumers’ food choices. The controversy has deepened further now that the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that would require GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) labeling.
The term “GMO” refers to any plant or animal species into whose genetic material a gene or group of genes from a different species have been transferred using accepted genetic engineering techniques. It is the deliberate and controlled manipulation of genes in an organism.
Updated Multi-residue Screens (Basic Profile and Extended Profile) for Pesticide Testing
February 1, 2013 Effective February 1, 2013, we are updating our Multi-residue Screens (Basic Profile and Extended Profile) for Pesticide testing. The cost and total number of compounds tested will remain the same. These changes result from our ongoing spike recovery studies and as a result we have removed some compounds and replaced them accordingly.
OMIC USA Inc.'s Analytical Laboratory Offers Expanded Arsenic Testing Services
July 18, 2012 With the repeated presence of Arsenic in the news and mounting congressional demand for the development of new FDA guidelines, it has become increasingly difficult for food manufacturers to know where to stand. As regulations evolve, the next likely progression will be toward the testing of Arsenic down to parts-per-billion (ppb) levels and lower in order to differentiate between the various forms of Arsenic that are present.
Amid this ongoing evolution, OMIC USA Inc. has purchased and validated instrumentation necessary to differentiate between these "species" of Arsenic according to the current revision of the FDA method.
OMIC USA Inc. Announces FDA Import Detention Testing Service
July 2, 2012 With the ongoing expansion of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) there is an increasing number of foods and commodities being tested by the FDA at the time of import. Illegal residues are often detected through routine sampling, which leads to a refusal of entry for that shipment and automatic detention going forward.
Unfortunately for importers, this Detention Without Physical Examination or DWPE (formerly referred to as FDA Automatic Detention) can be a worrisome and confusing situation.
OMIC USA Inc. Granted KFDA Accreditation in GMO Testing Field
March 29, 2012 The Korea Food and Drug Administration (KFDA) has accredited analytical laboratory OMIC USA Inc. in the field of genetically modified organism (GMO) testing as per a communiqué received from the KFDA on March 29, 2012. This certification is the culmination of a two-year approval process that began in 2009 and included two on-site audits performed by the KFDA. OMIC USA Inc. now boasts the ability to issue KFDA-accredited GMO certificates to companies and individuals exporting food and feed products to the Republic of Korea.
OMIC USA Inc. in 1999 became the first private U.S. laboratory to be approved by the Korean Food & Drug Administration to test for pesticide residues; this scope was broadened in 2008 to include testing and certification in the fields of nutrition, food supplements, and vitamins.
The benefit of OMIC USA’s new scope of accreditation is twofold: 1) U.S. exporters can now rest assured that their cargo will be accepted at South Korean ports of entry because KFDA standards have been met, and 2) Korean consumers will have peace of mind knowing that their food products are safe and compliant with Korean GMO labeling standards.
The DNA/GMO laboratory at OMIC USA operates under ISO 17025 quality management systems in GMO testing under the leadership of Dr. Chong Singsit, Ph.D., a transgenic research and GMO testing veteran with twenty years of experience. As an additional asset OMIC USA has a Korean analytical chemist, Seong Rai Cho, M.S., who is a native speaker and has trained in a KFDA-affiliated laboratory in Seoul, South Korea.
View the KFDA certificate here.
Ensuring Food Safety For Over Half a Century
OMIC USA Inc.'s roots trace back to 1959 when the Overseas Merchandise Inspection Company (OMIC) Group first introduced inspection services for major import/export shipments of wheat and grain. As demand grew over the years and new regulations were put in place, it became necessary to streamline testing in order to effectively meet the new demand. As a result, OMIC USA Inc. an OMIC Group company was established in 1992 as a American comprehensive analytical laboratory with a global network.
Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, OMIC USA Inc. has provided unparalleled independent laboratory and inspection services to the world food supply and agricultural industries for more than 50 years. Representing the best of the industry, our full-scale lab features internationally-recognized chemists, PhDs, and state-of-the-art instrumentation from around the world.
The ability to introduce products into expanding local and global markets is just one of the many benefits that OMIC USA Inc. clients enjoy. Competitive pricing, unrivaled turnaround times, and exceptional customer experiences define who we are as an analytical laboratory and inspection service provider and who we are as your worldwide possibilities source.
Independent lab testing and inspection services you can trust.