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Let’s continue off with my laboratory journeys since I only have 2 more labs left to show. So next on the labs that I’ve entered would be on the local food and drug administration. I honestly thought I wouldn’t even make it in since I applied really late there. I’m just happy that I was pretty persistent in following up with them, else I probably wouldn’t have managed to get in and experience their extremely awesome and organized laboratory. 

So back when I was doing my internship there, I was deported to the food section. You see, FDA has 5 major testing priorities, namely being Drugs, Microbes/infestations, Medical equipment, containers/toxicology, cosmetics, and of course, food! I was happy to have been assigned to the food section there because I never went hungry there 🤣🤣🤣🤣The first thing my supervisors taught me there was actually how to sneak food into their lab gowns so we could eat it in the pantry. Sometimes we ate the food samples in the lab while sampling but sneaking them into the pantry was the best part.

I think I was pretty lucky when I was assigned to my laboratory because, in those times, I and my fellow interns were assigned to the fake vinegar incident. (yes, there is fake vinegar that was made from petroleum gas byproducts, then those would just be oxidized so that they would become acetic acid. It’s disgusting when you think about it but maybe I’ll write about that on another day)

I remember testing all those vinegar samples and more XD
for almost 2 weeks, I always came home smelling like vinegar

I also had to do the testing for the lambanog poisoning incident, there was also benzene poisoning in some juice brands, nitrate overusing in some processed meat products.

This was all the dissolutioned meat products we needed to filter off since meat fats
and a few other solid contaminants could cause a big problem for us when we check the
niytrate contents of those samples
I think we had to analyze processed meat for a week as well. No other samples besides 
these ones came in

then fortifications law adherence on some products. I think we also tested the histamine poisoning that happened in the year 2019. Also, the Borax incidents and I had to test a lot of candies in my stay there.

These were some of the candy samples we had. You see, these candies are checked for 
sugar contents and the candy color component used. We extract the color through acid 
dyeing then base bleaching. The concentrated color is then spotted on a strip of filter
paper then we leave them in an incubation chamber for almos a whole day
You can see that the colors separate to the basic colors of RGB and that's what we have 
to check on their ingredients list. If the color is not listed, the company receives a 
warning or if the color is banned here, the candy gets pulled out of the market
this method also applies to spices, to see which brands are real spices and which have 
food colorants mixed in it

It was an awesome experience! Made me very wary of what products I used at home but it was still an awesome experience!

What was more amazing was that the types of analysis they did in the lab was mostly traditional analysis like titrations, gravimetry, and the likes. It really made me acknowledge the fact that whatever experiments we were doing in the lab really had practical applications in the industry. It was really an eye-opener. And I really stepped up my studying game then despite always being tired from running around the laboratory. I also had to study hard because my fellow interns asked me to help them review for the chemical technician board exam. I didn’t mind since they shared their food with me all the time during lunch and I did the same UwU

This is one of their most interesting equipment there. This is basically a mini fume 
hood specifically designed for the hydrolysis of protein products. This equipment is 
only ever used for protein analysis (kjeldal method) And the color change in this kind
of titration is cool because it starts with blue, then green then a light violet and I
think it's the prettiest end point next to the vitamin C end point because that has a 
really pretty pink color when you're done

Anyways, I didn’t really get to do that much instrumental analysis because I needed permission from the section head. I couldn’t get that because she was always in meetings but when she was there, she always gave me sweets because she thought I was too thin and that I needed some fats in me 😅😅😅 I loved her tho OwO and all my other supervisors because they answered all my questions and allowed me to do the analysis on my own after a month of training. I was their most asked intern during my stay there because of how fast I picked up the procedures and with how good the results I got were

Ahh, there were more stories I could write bout my 4 months stay here but I’ll tell them in fragments relevant to some science article I’ll be writing in the future. This is all from me today!

 


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Ang angas hahaha. Naalala ko tuloy si Professor yung may gawa sa powerpuff girls HAHAHAH. Pero seryoso, ang angas. Lagi ko ngang iniisip anong laman ng FDA na yan, ganyan pala itsura hahaha

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2 months ago

That's just the food lab.iba itsura Ng toxicology lab cuz they need hazard suits there minsan. The pharma/drugs lab and cosmetics look similar na puro powderized meds makikita mo sa table nila then sa microbio and physics lab nila, iba din itsura kasi they have heavy equipment there

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2 months ago

Feeling ko eh suoer talino talaga ng mga chemist kasi aa trabaho pa lang nila eh, grabe na.. Wjat do you mena the lambanog poisoning, yun nabalita dati sis?

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2 months ago

The 2019 lambanog cases where the lambanog was at a 40,000 ppm methanol concentration Kaya madami nabulag because of those lambanog. It's cool Lang Kasi to study chem cuz of practical applications

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2 months ago

Oh I see.. Hope maging licensed chemist ka na sis, heheh

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Hopefully!!! Naghahanap pa talaga ako Ng sipag na magbasa Ng libro

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How about the last lab you've been to? The one you last had your job? 😬😅

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I was gonna publish that tomorrow 😅😅😅 I have way too much to complain about there

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I'm excited. Hahaha

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I don't think resignation is exciting??? 😂😂😂😂😂

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Naaah, that's not what I meant. 😅 Hehe. Sorry.

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2 months ago

I'll be reading more of this, lalo an ung fake vinegar, kso d q familiar sa mga laboratory terms😅

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I'll write an article about that one of these days for enlightenment on the topic lang since technical din Yun eh

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Horay! Love reading this! Its like we were getting to know each other 😳 but some words are very science and chemicals. Haha. I really don't have a talent on chemical combinations! But, its nice to read you enjoyed yours! Yiee may friend akong chemist! Haha nakakilig pala yon! Haha. Feeling close. Ahhaa

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Kasi masaya talaga mag chem when you're at the point of application na OwO I wanted to add my thesis days and all the appliances I broke kaso wag na pala 😅😅😅 It's this interesting to have a chemist friend? Cuz I always get that "you're so weird" from my friends irl 😂😂😂

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Would that happen to be a kjeltec digester in your post? What make is it? The one I have come across was made by FOSS

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User's avatar M3i
2 months ago

I didn't get the manufacturer for the kjeltec digester since I was only allowed in the room it was in maybe twice or thrice? And the kjeldal method was rarely done in the lab. I think it's more common in water and soil treatments

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The digester can be used for a wide variety of samples. I have personally used it to digest different plant materials as well liquid samples. It is especially useful for researchers in animal nutrition as well as feed production in determining the crude protein content of feeds and other materials.

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User's avatar M3i
2 months ago

Oh yeah, I saw that in the animal House they have in the back too. I think it was for the animal food but I wasn't allowed out back so I never got to see. But for the food section, it's mostly focused on dairy usage then in the rare cases, fish pastes and sauces then other reported protein based contaminants but

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2 months ago

It looks like you had a great time. Between experiments and experiments, then some food. It is disheartening to know how industries play with our body's resistance to mass consumption products.

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Well food additives has and probably will be a part of our diet ever since they figured out how to do it. The best the government law can do is to monitor the food that goes out in the market

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2 months ago

Jan ka nagwork dati? Curious tlga ako sa loob ng malalaking lab..

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Yeahh, I worked here for a while since 4 months Lang max Ng internship ko Super laki Ng lab dito, we have 2 floors na puro lab Lang kaso hati into 5 sections

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2 months ago

When mo balak magwork ulit?

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After boards. It's not like I wanted to stop working in the first place, any bitch Lang talaga nung matanda

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