FoodChain ID, one of the world’s leading food safety, testing, and sustainability organizations, as well as the exclusive certifying body for the U.S. Hemp Authority® [USHA] Certification program, received recognition by Emerald Scientific’s Emerald Test™ for its skill in cannabis testing and commitment to good science in the cannabis industry.
The Emerald Test is an Inter-Laboratory Comparison and Proficiency Test (ILC/PT) program for cannabis and hemp testing facilities. Through the participation of labs around the world, the Emerald Test helps establish the industry standard for cannabis and hemp testing.
Emerald Badges™ are awarded to participating labs that meet the criteria established by the ISO accredited PT manufacturer with input from the Emerald Test Advisory Panel. Labs receiving badges are recognized for their capabilities after a comparison with their peers.
FoodChain ID received Emerald badges for testing proficiency in:
“These awards build upon our heritage as a leader in testing accuracy,” notes Heather Secrist, SVP, managing director, the Americas at FoodChain ID. “We were the first commercial lab in North America to use DNA based methods to test for GMOs and are consistently recognized for delivering highly accurate and reliable results. ”
According to FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, “We are aware of the risks posed by product contaminants such as heavy metals, THC or other potentially harmful substances. We also have significant concerns about products marketed with false claims or statements such as omitted ingredients, incorrect statements about the amount of CBD, products marketed for use by vulnerable populations like children or infants, and products that otherwise put the public health at risk.”
Secrist notes that certifying and testing for pesticides and potency is critically important for driving transparency and building consumer trust in Hemp/CBD products, “These badges demonstrate our commitment to accuracy in testing, which is important to Hemp/CBD manufacturers who wish to be USHA certified.”