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Chemical Analyses Performed:

  • Chemical contaminants in processed food, drugs, medical devices, cosmetics, and other  consumer products
  • Lead in candy, candy wrappers, and dinnerware
  • Metal contaminants in other processed food, vegetables and cosmetics
  • Seafood toxin (domoic acid) in seafood and histamine in fish
  • Food preservatives in processed food
  • Drug analyses 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, spices, cosmetics, consumer products, and ceramic ware.


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



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