Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

UDAF Lab Expands to Meet Future Food Safety Challenges

 

 


Partnership in Unified Lab Helps UDAF Meet Future Food Safety Challenges

 

Utah Commissioner of Agriculture and Food (UDAF), LuAnn Adams helped turn the first shovels of dirt for the construction of the State’s new Unified Laboratory Building Monday, June 29th.  The building will house the UDAF Division of Laboratory Services, the State Medical Examiner’s Office and the State Crime Laboratory. 

The new building will house the UDAF’s four laboratories; the Dairy Testing Lab where products from dairies and dairy plants are tested before they are sold in grocery stores; the Feed and Fertilizer Lab tests animal feed and fertilizer products to confirm content; the Meat Lab tests consumer grade meat for water and fat content and samples from meat plants are tested for the presence of pathogens; and the Pesticide Lab tests for pesticide residue in soils, foods, and other products. 

“This is an excellent example of the good things that can happen when state agencies form partnerships and work for a common goal,” said Commissioner LuAnn Adams. “By coming together, we consolidated our resources, and found efficiencies that benefit all of our missions.  This is a wise use of public funds.” She added. 

One of the upcoming challenges for the UDAF is implementing the new federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  Joining the Unified Lab will help the agency keep up with Utah’s growth and respond to the technical demands associated with FSMA and other programs.    

The Division of Laboratory Service’s current lab is situated in space at the UDAF Building that is designed for traditional office duties, not laboratory science. 

“The environmental controls needed in a laboratory, such as temperature and adequate ventilation, are often difficult to maintain,” said Dr. Weston Judd, Director of Laboratory Services.  “We welcome the move to our lab’s new home,” he added.

The Unified Lab Building is to be located at, 4451 South 2700 West Taylorsville, and scheduled to be completed by the winter of 2016.

 

See more about the UDAF lab in Lab Manager Magazine

See a video about how our lab stays proficient in its testing.

 

UDAF employees and Commissioner Adams at the Unified Lab groundbreaking ceremony June 29. (left -right) Larry Lewis, Jennifer Sung, Mohammed Sharaf, Sushma Karna, Commissioner Adams, Dr. Weston Judd, Fernando Pitore, CRSA Project Manager, and Steven Wright.

 

 

 

 Posted June 29, 2015