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From all of us at SPEX CertiPrep

Our US office will be closed on Monday, July 3rd and Tuesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. We will reopen on Wednesday, July 5th.

Want your order shipped before the Independence Day holiday?
All stock orders received by 3 PM EDT on Friday, June 30th will ship that day.
To place an order, go to www.spexcertiprep.com, call us at 732.549.7144 or email us at crmsales@spexcsp.com
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Summer is Here! Check Out Our Summer Issue of SPEX Speaker.

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SPEX Speaker – Summer 2017 Issue Now Available

Speciation In Our World
In this issue we discuss the importance of arsenic speciation in rice products and a case study for methylmercury poisoning in Japan.

IN THIS ISSUE:

An In-Depth Look at the Importance of Arsenic Speciation in Rice Products
ABSTRACT:  Rice is an agricultural commodity of high economic and nutritional importance around the world.  Rice is a staple for nearly half of the world’s seven billion people with between 500 – 8000 million metric tons consumed each year.  Rice consists as a staple in more than 80% of Asian diets.  In recent years, there have been ongoing studies pointing to high levels of natural arsenic accumulation in rice. Rice is unique among the grains to exhibit this kind of contamination and the reasons for it are as interesting as they are necessary to understand in order to ensure a safe food supply.  Take a look at our article on rice and arsenic species in this issue!

A Case of Methylmercury Poisoning
ABSTRACT: Mercury is a common environmental and aquatic contaminant this found as both natural chemical by-products and persistent pollutants from agricultural and industrial processes.  In the 1940’s and 1950’s, Japanese citizens were plagued by mysterious neurological symptoms which later would be linked to industrial chemical manufacturing discharges into bays and rivers.  Our article on a historical methyl mercury poisoning event is featured in this issue’s discussion of speciation in our world.

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Today the US Celebrates Flag Day

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Flag Day honors the resolution from the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777 which called for an official United States Flag

Here are some interesting facts about Flag Day and the American Flag
  • Flag Day is not a federal holiday, however, it is a state holiday in Pennsylvania
  • The colors of the American Flag are quite significant
    • Red symbolizes hardiness and valor
    • White symbolizes purity and innocence
    • Blue symbolizes vigilance, perseverance and justice
  • For a while the U.S. added stars and stripes to the flag when welcoming new states. As the country continued to add new states, the U.S. decided to go back to 13 stripes to represent the original 13 colonies
  • A local Philadelphia seamstress, Betsy Ross, sewed the original United States flag
  • Why stars and stripes? Stars are considered a symbol of the heavens and the divine goal to which man has aspired from time immemorial; the stripe is symbolic of the rays of light emanating from the sun
Know any other interesting and fun facts about the American Flag? Tweet us with your facts @SPEXCertiPrep

Tired of Mixing Your Own Standards? Let SPEX CertiPrep Save You Valuable Time!

SPEX CertiPrep offers Custom Certified Reference Materials (CRMs) because we realize that no two laboratories face exactly the same samples or have precisely the same requirements.

With SPEX CertiPrep’s custom CRM program, you can create custom standards to meet your specific laboratory needs. Our specialists will be happy to discuss combination of analytes, concentrations and preferred matrices with you. Our chemists will then design the most compatible, stable mixture using our comprehensive supply of starting materials and certified solutions.

Features of SPEX CertiPrep Custom Standards

  • Single and multi-component standards manufactured to meet your exact specifications
  • Packaged in a variety of convenient sizes and packaging types
  • Concentration, accuracy and stability of components guaranteed
  • Private labeling available
  • Custom packaging available; options to package in multi-packs or kits
  • SDS available in multiple languages

For additional information and to request your custom standard quote visit https://www.spexcertiprep.com/products/custom-standards or contact us at +1.732.549.7144 or via email at CRMSales@spex.com