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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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
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
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Analytical Standards for Single & Dual Speciation Analysis
Speciation analysis has become common in many testing fields, including in the environmental, food and pharmaceutical testing labs. To analyze species in a sample requires Certified Reference Materials (CRMs) for sample verification and method validation.
SPEX CertiPrep offers a wide variety of speciation standards, certified to the strictest ISO Guide 34 guidelines and tested on our own LC-ICP-MS.
Single and Multi-Element Speciation Standards include Arsenic (+3), Arsenic (+5), Chromium (+3), Chromium (+6), Selenium (+4), and Selenium (+6).
What is speciation analysis?
The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) defines speciation as ‘the distribution of an element amongst defined chemical species in a system’. Speciation analysis is the analytical process of identifying and/or measuring the amounts of one or more individual chemical species in a sample.
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SPEX CertiPrep is proud to be accredited by all three. By taking the extra steps of choosing to demonstrate our competence and comply with these standards, we are continuously proving that our tests and calibration results are technically competent and our products truly are of the highest quality.
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SPEX CertiPrep is a small business dedicated to not only meeting, but also exceeding your expectations through unparalleled value-added service. Our commitment to quality is the key element to the success of our business. Celebrate the Drive, Innovation and Passion of America’s Small Businesses like SPEX CertiPrep.
Why Support Small Business?1
- When we support small business, jobs are created and local communities preserve their unique culture.
- Because this country’s 28 million small businesses create nearly two out of three jobs in our economy, we cannot resolve ourselves to create jobs and spur economic growth in America without discussing ways to support our entrepreneurs.
- Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and the cornerstones of our nation’s promise.
SPEX CertiPrep products are proudly made in the United States. We are based in Metuchen, New Jersey and have been servicing the scientific community since 1954.
We are committed to providing products that meet your required specifications by providing superior Certified Reference Materials for Analytical Spectroscopy and Chromatography. Made for Chemists by Chemists®
Why Buy American?2
- Jobs. The most common reason shoppers buy American made products is to help save or create jobs in the United States.
- Lower Carbon Footprint. Products made overseas have a higher carbon footprint than U.S. made goods. Goods made in China or India have to be shipped all the way across the ocean to reach American stores, burning fossil fuel and spewing out greenhouse gases with every mile they travel.
- Less Pollution. One reason it’s cheaper to make goods in developing countries is that many of them have few or no regulations to protect the health of the air and water. Many factories overseas that produce goods for export to the United States also produce large amounts of hazardous chemicals that pollute the air, water, and soil.
- A Stronger Economy. Buying American-made goods doesn’t just support the workers who make those goods. Its benefits also ripple out through the entire economy. When American factories prosper, they hire American construction firms to expand their buildings, American accounting firms to handle their money, and American energy suppliers to provide them with power.
Another way we show our appreciation for your continued business is through our Loyal Customer Rewards Program, SPoints. In addition to receiving the highest quality Certified Reference Materials, every time you make a purchase with SPEX CertiPrep, you will earn 1 SPoint (or credit) for every $10 spent. There is no limit on how many SPoints you can earn and they are good for up to one year after your order has shipped. There is no need to register for this rewards program; if you place a direct order of any qualifying product, you automatically earn SPoints rewards!
Your total SPoints earned from each order can be found on the bottom of your packing slip. If you do not know your total available SPoints, you can email us at CRMMarketing@spex.com or call us at 1.800.LAB.SPEX. SPoints can be redeemed for valuable merchandise such as gift cards, electronics, and even gift certificates towards your next SPEX CertiPrep purchase. You can redeem your SPoints at any time by emailing us at CRMMarketing@spex.com or calling us at 1.800.LAB.SPEX.
SPEX CertiPrep offers a Loyal Customer Discount Program to reward our customers with an automatic discount ranging from 5% to 20% off all of our qualified products. There is no need to apply! If you purchase a minimum of $2,000 in any calendar year and are in good payment standing with us, we will enroll you into the program automatically in the beginning of the next year so you can receive these discounts!
The program starts at a 5% discount and increases by 5% each year you are a member in good standing. As long as you meet the minimum purchase requirement and remain in good payment standing with us, your discount will continue to grow until you have reached the maximum of 20%.
Towards the beginning of each year, all eligible members will receive a confirmation letter. This letter thanks you for your continued business and outlines your discount for that year. It will automatically be updated in our system and your pricing will reflect that discount, so there is no need to remember a code for each order. These automatic discounts are just one of the many ways that we like to show our appreciation for your continued business.
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In April, we celebrate the earth by observing a very important day – Earth Day!
Never heard of it? Well, Earth Day has been around for more than 30 years. It was started by Gaylord Nelson, a 53-year-old Wisconsin senator, as a way of bringing attention to how people’s actions were endangering the planet.
Nearly 20 million Americans participated in the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970 by picking up litter, collecting recyclables, and holding “teach-ins” to talk about the environment. This widespread concern by citizens about what was happening to the Earth inspired the U.S. Congress to pass the Clean Air Act (www.epa.gov/clean-air-act-overview) in the early 1970s.
This year SPEX CertiPrep celebrates Earth Day with the unveiling of our SPEX Community Garden. We all know that we need to eat fresh fruits and vegetables for a healthy diet. Some foods we will be growing include spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes, pumpkins, beets, and strawberries (yummy). Not only will our garden help us eat better, but it will help us to reduce stress, allow us to be social with our fellow colleagues, teach us how to garden, and we will be giving back to our community by donating part of our harvest to the local food pantries.
In addition to our fruits and vegetables garden, we are planting wildflowers along the right hand side of our building in an effort to bring back the bees.
Did you know that the bee population everywhere has been declining at an alarming rate¹? 1 in 3 bites of food we eat is made possible by the bees and other pollinators². 44% of bee colonies in the U.S. collapsed in 2016³. More than two thirds of the world’s crop species rely on pollinators†.
What will you do to celebrate Earth Day?
Join us to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Tweet us with what you are doing to .
1- Pollinator Health Task Force, “National strategy to promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators” (White House, Washington, DC, 2015).
2- Klein, Alexandra-Maria et al “Importance of pollinators in changing landscapes for world crops.” Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences 274,1608 (2007).