The Laboratory Division is a full service laboratory network providing analytical testing and assisting producers in meeting international regulatory requirements, domestic purchase specifications, and imported product testing requirements. Supporting the USDA's commodity program areas, other federal agencies, the agricultural sector and accredited to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 for specific tests in the fields of chemistry and microbiology, the Laboratory Division offers a full range of food and fiber product testing, including nutritional labeling, detection of bacterial pathogens, food contaminants, GMOs, pesticide residues, antibiotics and veterinary drugs; aflatoxin testing in peanuts and peanut products, testing for compliance to the USDA olive oil standard and determination of citrus adulteration. Laboratories also provide quality assured testing for the National School Lunch Program and the procurement of US Military Ready to Eat Meals. These laboratory programs are non-regulatory and analyses and testing services are performed on a fee-for-service basis.
Fee rates can be found in the Code of Federal Regulations (7CFR91.37). Updated schedules of the laboratory testing fees are available from the laboratory managers. Requests for laboratory services and inquiries are welcome (AMSLaboratoryDivision@ams.usda.gov