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How to Spot and Stop Aphids If You’re Interested in Cannabis Quality Assurance

Similar to other crops, cannabis plants are susceptible to pests and disease. Pest control products are regulated by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA), and their guidelines should be consulted on a regular basis. A few of the most commonly mentioned pests you may have to deal with in the cannabis industry include the following: Aphids Spider mites Fungus Gnats More specifically, there is the phorodon cannabis, which is one of approximately four thousand species of aphid. How does the cannabis aphid, and other aphids, get into grow rooms? One entomologist in Colorado suggests that the movement of cuttings and.. READ MORE »

February 6, 2020

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A Good Time to Take Food Technology Courses? Find Out as Ontario Invests in Food Safety

The responsibility to protect consumers from foodborne illness, commonly referred to as food poisoning, belongs to all three levels of government. The average spending on food safety by the provincial Ontario government and municipalities, along with the Federal government, is approximately $105.7 million each year. If you are interested in science and understanding how food makes it onto grocery store shelves or restaurants, a career in food technology might be right for you. Why might this be a good time to train for a career in the food industry? Earlier this year, the Canadian Agricultural Partnership was announced, and the.. READ MORE »

February 4, 2020

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Quality Assurance and Quality Control for Natural Health Products

According to Health Canada, fruits and vegetables are the best food sources of vitamin C. Things like red cabbage, strawberries, and citrus fruits have this vitamin, which helps the body absorb iron, heal wounds, and acts as an antioxidant. How else can people get vitamin C? This natural health product is also available in tablet form. Other Natural Health Products (NHPs) include: Herbal remedies Homeopathic medicines Probiotics Amino acids Much more NHPs are regulated by Health Canada to ensure that Canadians are getting safe, effective, and quality goods. How is the quality of NHPs assured and maintained? Keep reading to.. READ MORE »

January 30, 2020

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Entering a Cannabis Career? Here’s How Cannabis-Infused Drinks Are Made

A little over a year before cannabis edibles and infused drinks became legal to sell in Canada, journalists reported that Coca-Cola was pursuing a way into the market. Despite a video—posted and deleted in December 2019—purportedly showing a coke can with a childproof lid, the company denies any interest in making cannabis-infused drinks currently. On the other hand, there are many partnerships openly ready to stock licensed retailers with so-called drinkables. They include: Molson Coors and HEXO Group Constellations Brands, the makers of Corona Beer, and Canopy Growth Corp. Greenhouse Juice Co., a Toronto company and Canopy Rivers Keep reading.. READ MORE »

January 28, 2020

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Financial Planning Tips for AGCO Cannabis Businesses

When the Cannabis Act—officially known as Bill C-45—was passed, the market in Canada for cannabis was projected to be valued at $9.2 billion by 2025. Since then Ontario has gone through a number of changes with respect to cannabis retail business licenses, among other things. In late 2019, it was announced that there were new rules coming into effect in January 2020. The changes that have gone into effect include: 1) The removal of the cap on the number cannabis retailers the province will allow. 2) The end to the lottery system used for awarding licenses. According to CBC, the.. READ MORE »

January 23, 2020

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Descriptive vs. Inferential Statistics and What They Mean for Students in Clinical Research Training

Over the past decade Canada has made significant investments into clinical trial health research through educational institutions, research centres, and hospitals. These investments are intended to maintain Canada’s status as a top site for global pharmaceutical companies to do clinical trial research. It is therefore important for anyone interested in clinical research to understand the roles of different branches of statistics in this area of study. From research and development to post-marketing monitoring of pharmaceuticals, clinical research relies on statistics. To test hypotheses, answer questions, and adhere to regulations, a study or trial must be designed to gather the appropriate.. READ MORE »

January 21, 2020

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How You Can Handle Complaints in a Cannabis Retail Ontario Store

In business, keeping your current customers is just as important as attracting new ones. In fact, according to the Harvard Business Review, it can cost five to 25 times more to acquire a new customer than to retain a current one. So, if you’re thinking about getting into cannabis retail in Ontario, you need to make sure your customers are happy. However, no matter how well you run your retail store, you’re bound to encounter customer complaints from time to time. Knowing how to handle these complaints goes a long way towards retaining customers—and towards giving your business a reputation.. READ MORE »

January 16, 2020

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Risk Communication and What it Means for Food Safety Workers

The food industry and Canada’s food safety regulators are responsible for making sure food is safe. However, approximately 4 million illnesses occur each year from food-borne pathogens in Canada. One reporter also noted that many food-borne illnesses go unreported, suggesting that a higher estimate could be made. A study was released by the University of Guelph in 2019 and its researchers think one way to reduce these illnesses is through cookbooks. Why? They say cookbooks could be a form of risk communication for consumers if authors worked with food safety professionals. Whether or not that will happen remains to be.. READ MORE »

January 14, 2020

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Pests and Plant Diseases Those in Cannabis Careers Should Watch Out For

When working with plants, pests and disease are always a concern. For professionals in the cannabis industry, it’s important to be familiar with the ones that threaten cannabis plants, in particular if you’re working in an area like cultivation, where you’re directly in contact with the product in its vulnerable state. Pests that can attack cannabis plants include: Aphids Mealybugs Other insects These are insects that cultivators know to look out for. In addition, fungi can be a threat to the plants, such as: Powdery mildew Phythium (Root Rot) Other fungi Plant pathogens like alternaria can also ruin cannabis plants… READ MORE »

January 9, 2020

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Why You Need to Learn About Scientific Communication in Quality Assurance Courses

Engaging the general public with what’s going on in the world of scientific research and quality assurance is important, if we are to raise awareness about issues in the science community. These issues can be difficult to communicate to the public, as often language is used that reaches past general knowledge and acts as a barrier to comprehension. Science communication helps to increase: public understanding; enthusiasm; and support Read on to learn more about why it’s so important! Quality Assurance Training Prepares You to Work with Different People If you’re looking forward to a career working in the sciences, you’ll.. READ MORE »

January 7, 2020

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