Science & Research

Southeast Regional Lab (SRL)


FY 16 Analysts On-Board:  109

FY 16 Samples Analyzed:  8061

Program Capabilities

SRL’s Chemistry Laboratories have analytical capabilities in chemotherapeutics (drug residues  in products of animal origin including residues in seafood, honey, and milk), mycotoxins including fumonisins, aflatoxins, patulin, ochratoxin and vomitoxin, food and color additives, filth and sanitation (entomology), sensory decomposition and chemical indices of decomposition (seafood).  In addition, SRL performs testing for toxic elements in food and foodware (e.g. lead, cadmium, arsenic); economic fraud, and consumer complaints.

SRL’s Microbiology Laboratory is equipped to perform the full range of microbiological analyses on products regulated by FDA: foods, drugs, cosmetics, feeds, and medical devices.  Areas of analytical expertise include pathogens, parasitology, molecular biology, virus detection, bacterial toxins, and canned seam analysis.   SRL has capabilities in Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE), Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR), and Whole Genome Sequencing.  SRL Microbiology Branch is the national servicing laboratory for microbiological testing of infant formula.  In addition, Micro performs allergen testing (e.g. milk, nut, gluten allergens), as well as consumer complaints.

Specialized Capabilities

SRL is the home of the Atlanta Center for Nutrient Analysis (ACNA), which is the national servicing laboratory for nutrient analysis on domestic and imported foods that bear nutrition labeling.  Products analyzed include general foods, infant formulas, medical foods and dietary supplements.  ACNA performs nutritional label reviews as well as full label analysis including but not limited to calories, fat, vitamins, amino acids, sugars, and nutritional metals (e.g. sodium, potassium, selenium, etc.).  A typical infant formula analysis includes over 30 different tests. ACNA employs both chemical and microbiological assays for nutrient determinations.

SRL is also home of Chemistry I Branch (Tobacco Laboratory), which is the servicing lab for compliance, surveillance, and short-term Tobacco assignments established by the Center for Tobacco Products.  The Tobacco Branch performs research (method development / validation) and analysis on Tobacco products.  SRL has the capabilities of performing analysis of tobacco products for ingredients and constituents such as; nicotine, flavors, tobacco specific nitrosamines (TSNAs), polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), tar, carbon monoxide, aromatic amines, carbonyls, and a variety of other volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

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