Since 1943, Anresco Laboratories has been an accurate and reliable source of independent analysis, research and consulting services to food and food-related industries. We are ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited and recognized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Our corporate headquarters is located in San Francisco, and our services are supported by branch operations in Los Angeles, New York, and Miami. Our scientists offer comprehensive skills based on education and extensive experience in nutritional analysis, food quality, food safety and FDA import regulations. We have specific and extensive understanding of FDA import requirements for sampling and analysis, having performed such work for more than 30 years.
Anresco also provides comprehensive analytical services to the cannabis industry including cannabinoid & terpinoid profiling, microbiological testing, pesticides residue screening, heavy metals analysis, nutritional labeling, and shelf life testing. Unlike many cannabis-only laboratories, Anresco is ISO 17025 accredited, FDA registered, and has a proven track record of accurate results.
Within the scope of chemistry, microbiology and food technology, Anresco Laboratories offers effective and customized solutions to support the business objectives and analytical specifications of our clients.
Testing for 13 cannabinoids including CBD, THC, in a variety of matrices.
Anresco Laboratories now offers full-service consultancy services to assist clients evaluate and validate key aspects of their food safety systems in the following food & beverage categories:
- Fruit and Vegetable Processing: Pre-cut, Juice, Fermented Beverages, Nutritional Juice blends and drinks
- Produce Industry: Growing, Production, Pack House Operations, Wholesaling and Distribution
- Meat & Poultry: Production, Capture, Harvest, Boning, Further Processing and Ready-to eat products from Chicken, Turkey, Beef and Pork.
- Dairy Food Processing: Milk, Cheese, Yogurt, other Dairy byproducts
- Food Ingredients Manufacturing: Flavors, Spices, Seasonings and other food ingredients.
Since 1973, Anresco has performed trusted food nutrition and labeling analysis for thousands of companies, helping them to comply with FDA/USDA labeling regulations. In our food nutrition and labeling analysis, we use AOAC, FDA, USDA, or equivalent recognized methods. Enlist our expertise to help you navigate the changing regulatory requirements of the food industry.
The Nutrition Labeling and Education Act (NLEA) of 1990 authorized the U.S. Food & Drug Administration to require nutrient labeling on almost all foods sold domestically. Since then, the FDA has issued additional rules requiring nutritional labeling for foods in vending machines (November, 2014 ), at “chain” restaurants and grocery stores (December, 2014), as well as new requirements for packaged foods (July, 2015).
Anresco performs trusted food shelf life testing services for perishable foods sold commercially in the United States. Conducted in our shelf life testing labs, our analytical testing determines the life expectancy, or “shelf life”, of a product under normal storage conditions before excessive deterioration occurs. While food shelf life testing is not a mandatory requirement, determining the shelf life enables vendors to establish a time frame in which to safely sell their products. Similarly, providing consumers with an expiration date ensures that a product unfit for human consumption is not unintendedly ingested.
On Day 0 of our studies, our shelf life testing lab examines the product for Salmonella, Listeria, and Coliforms (E. coli). If the product fails any of these tests, the rest of the shelf life study is discontinued. To find out more about our shelf life studies or to receive a quote, contact us today.
As advancements in bio and food technologies have grown in recent decades, so has the prevalence of common food allergens. A food allergy is a form of food intolerance characterized by a specific hypersensitivity to certain proteins that are contained in the diet. According to The U.S. Food & Drug Administration, about 2 percent of adults and 5 percent of infants and young children in the United States suffer from food allergies. Moreover, approximately 90% of all allergic reactions are caused by eight commonly consumed foods, each of which are mandated under The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) to be declared under the ingredient list if the product contains them.
Anresco Laboratories utilizes an ELISA method to quantify the presence of these 8 common food allergens.
Glyphosate is today the most widely applied herbicide in the world, used in both domestic and commercial settings as a nondiscriminatory weed and grass killer. First marketed in the 1970’s by Monsanto’s flagship product, Roundup®, glyphosate works by inhibiting a critical enzyme required by most plants to grow and has been used extensively in the agricultural industry to cultivate a variety of genetically modified (GM) crops called “Roundup Ready” that are resistant to its debilitating effects.
The U.S. FDA has approved the commercial cultivation of 6 GM herbicide resistant crops: soybeans, corn, cotton, canola, alfalfa, and sugar beets (other GM crops have been approved for insecticide, viral, and other resistances). Based on a 2017 study conducted by the USDA, GM crops account for 94% of soybeans, 92% of corn, and 92% of cotton (used in foods as cottonseed oil) currently produced in the U.S. However, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in 2015 classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans” and as of July 7, 2017, has been added to California’s Prop 65 list of chemicals known by the state to cause cancer.
Anresco Laboratories has performed analytical testing for glyphosate in fruits and vegetables for over 30 years, and today is capable of quantifying glyphosate and its metabolite, AMPA, in a variety of food matrices with an estimated LOD ranging from 5-25ppb.
Although small amounts of certain heavy metals is a necessary requirement for life, heavy metals poisoning (or metal toxicity) can occur due to the ingestion or exposure of contaminated foods, cosmetics, dietary supplements, pet foods, ceramicware, and other everyday products. The majority of products may only possess low levels of heavy metals (if any at all), but overall exposure can add up over time and latent health effects may not appear until many years later. The primary heavy metals commonly associated with poisoning are arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury. Some products are inherently prone to hyperaccumulate particular heavy metals (e.g. mercury in fish, arsenic in rice) and should be monitored to ensure safety for consumers.
Anresco Laboratories offers a wide array of heavy metals testing utilizing ICP-MS, Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS), and other equivalent recognized methods.
When manufacturing cannabis concentrates, chemical solvents are often used to extract the active compounds from the resin glands of the plant matter. While effective in producing highly concentrated extracts, the residual solvents are often times not purged completely and can be hazardous to health if inhaled or consumed.
Anresco Laboratories can test for many solvents, including all 20 of the residual solvents required by the State of California for Phase I and Phase II of compliance testing. Contact us if you’d like to test for a solvent not on this list!
- Ethyl Acetate
- Ethyl Ether
- Ethylene Oxide
- Isopropyl Alcohol
- Methylene Chloride
- Xylenes (ortho-, meta-, para-)
Anresco offers a full range of food microbiological testing and services. Our food quality testing services include routine QA testing, FDA Detention Without Physical Examination (DWPE) testing, shelf life studies, inoculation challenge studies, validations of food safety programs (e.g. for compliance with HACCP), and FSMA mandated environmental testing. Our food quality microbiological testing services ensure the safe consumption of a variety of perishable food products.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that roughly 48 million Americans contract food poisoning each year. 128,000 of which are hospitalized and 3,000 of which die. The reduction of microbial contamination was a point of emphasis of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 (FSMA), which required many manufacturers to establish “preventative control” systems closely modeled after HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points) and increase regular food microbiological testing for quality assurance purposes. Contact us to get a quote today.
Our GC and HPLC staff have over 80 years of experience detecting and testing pesticide residue. Our pesticide residue analyses are available for a variety of food products including fruits, produce, spices, and processed goods. Anresco runs both “Luke” and “QuEChERS” multi-residue analyses (MRAs) as well as tests for specific pesticide compounds such as glyphosate. The “Luke” pesticide residue analysis has been the standard FDA method for over 20 years and is adequate for capturing most older pesticides. The “QuEChERS” MRA is a relatively young method developed by the USDA and can detect many newer pesticides. Trust Anresco for your pesticide residue testing needs.
The US EPA performs risk assessments for pesticides to determine whether they can be used safely without endangering human health. From this data, they determine pesticide tolerance levels, also known as maximum residue limits(MRLs), which are the maximum permitted levels of pesticide that can remain in or on a target food. The US FDA is responsible for monitoring and enforcing these tolerances for raw agricultural materials and processed foods, while the USDA has the same responsibilities for meat, poultry, and certain dairy products. While regular testing of food products is ethically justified, both the FDA and USDA have demonstrated an inability to perform adequate testing in a cost-efficient manner on their own. That’s why third-party laboratories, like Anresco, have proven themselves vital to maintaining the integrity of the country’s food supply. Contact us to get your quote.
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