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Analytical Testing for the Hemp Industry – Ensuring Consumer Safety

The hemp industry is currently one of the fastest growing industries worldwide. This growth is fueled, in part, by recent revelations of the therapeutic and nutraceutical benefits of CBD-based consumer products. One challenge that has emerged is the ability to ensure safety of consumers, providing accurate labeling and products that are free from potential contaminants. Analytical testing is a necessary component to ensure consumer safety for products that are being consumed. Yet, most jurisdictions have no regulations in place to require analytical testing. Significant efforts have been focused on the development and validation of methods that can be used as a basis for this testing. These methods not only encompass testing for the active phytochemical constituents (cannabinoids and terpenes), but also for potential contaminants including heavy metals, residual solvents (VOCs), pesticides, mycotoxins, and microbiological contaminants. The methodologies that are being used to meet these testing requirements include a wide variety of chromatographic techniques in addition to mass spectrometry and variety of approaches to address microbiological contaminants. Standardization of these methods for the industry will give cultivators, processors and producers the analytical information necessary to ensure consumer safety for their products.

Speaker: Chris Hudalla – Founder/Chief Scientific Officer, ProVerde Laboratories, Inc.