Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Food Safety Laboratories

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Food Safety Laboratories, located in Tallahassee, work to ensure Florida consumers the safest possible food supply. Laboratory personnel analyze more than 15,000 samples each year. Samples may be analyzed for pathogenic bacteria, protozoan parasites, toxins, allergens, chemical contamination, pesticide residues, nutrition, food additives, fraudulent formulations, or any combination of these analyses.

Chemical Residue Laboratories

The Chemical Residue Laboratories are responsible for the chemical analysis of raw agricultural produce to determine the presence of chemical contaminants or residues. To complete analyses in a reasonable amount of time and to be able to detect literally hundreds of chemicals, the laboratories analyze each routine pesticide residue sample using multi-residue screening procedures. If the pesticide cannot be analyzed by a multi-residue procedure, individual residue procedures are used. See a list of pesticides screened using the multi-residue procedures [ Adobe PDF Document 210.41 KB ].

Food Laboratories

The Food Laboratories analyze samples submitted by department inspectors who inspect Florida's retail and wholesale food businesses for safety. Samples may be submitted in connection with specific food investigations or from targeted surveillance of products of concern.

Since May 21, 2007, the Food Laboratories have been accredited by the American Association of Laboratories in accordance with the recognized ISO/IEC 17025 standard, General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories, for the specific tests listed in certificates 2534.01 and 2534.02. The ISO/IEC 17025 standard is the internationally recognized standard for assessing the quality and competence of laboratories' analytical testing activities.