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Year-End Update

What a year it has been at PhytaTech. In 2017 we’ve tested almost 30,000 Cannabis samples, achieved ISO-17025 certification and continued to offer more tests, with faster turnaround time, than any other laboratory in Colorado! As we end 2017 and move into 2018, PhytaTech would like to update you on our completed goals of 2017 as well as our new goals for 2018.


In 2017 we sent out notifications on genomic testing, Client Portal updates, product formulations, pesticide safety training, featured articles on the laboratory, Aflatoxin/Mycotoxin testing, ISO certification, and MED rulemaking updates. A lot has been accomplished! We feel we are well positioned to continue to offer improved services, including expanded testing, for the upcoming year. We are also the most audited laboratory in the State of Colorado, perhaps even the nation, after our ISO certifications, CDPHE and MED audits, and Patients First Certification (Americans for Safe Access).

Come experience what the regulators all agree to regarding PhytaTech Lab; ie high quality systems, defensible data, fast turnaround, and friendly service.


In our ongoing cycles of improvement and growth, PhytaTech anticipates the following tests coming online during the first and second quarters of 2018:


   • Aflatoxin Testing (Tentatively Feb. 2018)

   • Heavy Metals Testing (End of 2018)

   • Pesticide Testing (Tentatively Feb. 2018)

   • Medical Residual Solvent Contamination     (01.01.2018)

   • Medical Microbial Contamination (Early 2018)


It has been quite a journey, growing with the pace that we have in 2017 and we have only you, our clients, to thank for our progress. So please take a few minutes next time you are dropping off samples to meet our staff and tour our facilities. We’re sure you will like what you see and what you hear.


As we transition into 2018, please let us know if you’d like to rush your samples as we do have holiday days coming up on the calendar.


Thank you for your support and Happy New Year!

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PhytaTech Now Offers a HPLC Method

PhytaTech is proud to announce it now offers a HPLC method, which detects and quantitates Aflatoxins and Ochratoxin A (OTA) in cannabis flowers and concentrates!

The specific molecules included in our internally validated method are:

1.    Aflatoxin B1
2.    Aflatoxin G1
3.    Aflatoxin B2
4.    Aflatoxin G2
5.    Ochratoxin A


Aflatoxins and ochratoxins are secondary metabolites created by certain Aspergillus fungal species and are known carcinogens in extremely low levels. Aflatoxins have been classified as group 1 carcinogens, which is the highest classification a substance can receive. A statistically significant increase in the incidence of hepatocellular (liver) cancer has been linked to aflatoxin exposure at 20 parts per billion (ppb) and higher.


They exhibit their genotoxic effects by altering the human p53 tumor suppressor gene and by binding to albumin (an abundant drug binding protein in blood). Common testing protocols exist in other industries to monitor these dangerous small molecules as food products enter the human consumption chain. The FDA mandates that food products intended for human consumption must not exceed 20 ppb for total aflatoxins. Aflatoxin testing in cannabis is mandated in other states such as Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, and New Mexico. These states have limits of 20 ppb for aflatoxins and OTA.


Although OTA testing is not mandated by the FDA, the European Commission has set Ochratoxin A limits from as low as 0.5 ppb to 80 ppb depending on the food classification (cereal-based infant food and licorice extract, for example). OTA has been linked to a specific, fatal kidney disease called Balkan Endemic Nephropathy. Other processes involved with OTA that contribute to its carcinogenicity involve its ability to cause breaks in DNA strands and inhibit DNA repair mechanisms.


These molecules are heat stable and maintain their molecular structures at temperatures below 160°C. Therefore, it is important to know whether these harmful substances exist in any harvest batch prior to any processing of cannabis material. If they are present in cannabis flower, then they can be concentrated during the extraction process to make cannabis concentrates and eventually consumed in cannabis edibles!


Importantly, through genomic testing, we have detected the fungal strains known to produce these molecules in Colorado cannabis flowers! Don’t delay, ensure your products are safe for human consumption.

PhytaTech asks for samples sizes of 1.0 gram for both flowers and concentrates to perform this testing. Feel free to call the lab if you would like to know more about our procedures for Aflatoxin and Ochratoxin testing at PhytaTech. If you’d like to hear more about our value-added test capabilities, tests we’re bringing on line, or our long-term projects, please contact us.

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Welcome to the PhytaTech Blog

Welcome to PhytaTechSM CO LLC. We hope you like the new look and feel of our website, and our services. We strive to be the fastest laboratory in the industry. Please feel free to ask us about our turnaround time. The next time you’re dropping off samples, also ask for a laboratory tour. We love to show off our facilities, meet you, and discuss our tests. We’ve built a LIMS system and a client portal website to save our customers as much time as possible. Please see the client portal section of our website for more information. Lastly, we are certified to test for potency, residual solvent contamination and microbial contamination; all the required tests for the State of Colorado. Fast, Friendly, Efficient and Comprehensive, that is what PhytaTechSM is. Please sign up to receive our news feed and get email alerts about our progress. Also, subscribe to our Newsletter to stay connected to all new testing information at PhytaTechSM.

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