Food Safety Laboratories

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The Food Safety Laboratories (FSL) at the Center for Analytical Chemistry generates high-quality and defensible data for risk assessment, enforcement, and regulatory purposes. Providing dietary risk assessment data as part of pesticide registration and review, including the setting of food tolerances and Maximum Residue Limits, FSL analyzes pesticide residues in fresh produce in the channels of trade to ensure their wholesomeness.

FSL also monitors for pesticide exposure of field workers and takes part in the investigation of illnesses related to the misuse of pesticides. This is accomplished by utilizing sophisticated analytical instruments in our analytical work: Gas Chromatography and Liquid Chromatography-Triple Quadrupole Mass Spectrometry; High Resolution Liquid Chromatography- Mass Spectrometry.

FSL can confirm analytical testing of more than 520 pesticides and metabolites across a various matrix type which includes hemp, cannabis, and wine grapes, among many other commodities, using Multi Residue Screen method detection. This is performed under strict quality control measures, and results are ready within 24 hours.

Finally, FSL participates in relevant scientific studies with governmental agencies to further our objective of being in the forefront in the pesticide analysis arena and ensure the program’s relevance in our mission of protecting the food supply and consumers.