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Food and Drug Laboratory Branch

Chemistry Section



  • Chemical contaminants in processed food, drugs, medical devices, cosmetics, and consumer products
  • Lead in candy, candy wrappers, and dinnerware
  • Metal contaminants in other processed food and cosmetics
  • Seafood toxin (domoic acid) in seafood and histamine in fish
  • Food preservatives in processed food
  • Drug analysis in prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, ethnic medicines, herbal medicines, and nutritional supplements
  • Color additives in processed food, drugs, and cosmetics

PRODUCTS TYPICALLY ANALYZED: Processed foods, drugs, herbal products, seafood, cosmetics, consumer products, and ceramic ware

RESEARCH: Emergency response, rapid screening methods, drug analyses (herbal products and ethnic medicines), arsenic, lead, mercury, and cadmium in consumer products

Last modified on: 11/5/2008 11:31 PM