The National Science Laboratory (NSL) located in Gastonia, NC is a full service laboratory testing facility assisting producers and stakeholders in meeting international regulatory requirements, domestic purchase specifications, and imported product testing requirements. NSL offers a wide range of food and fiber product testing, chemical, microbiological, biomolecular and physical analyses of poultry and poultry products, egg products, dairy products, fish, meat and processed meat products, fresh processed fruits and vegetables, and domestic and imported tobacco, and other agricultural products.
The laboratory supports the USDA's commodity program areas with centralized scientific expertise. The professional staff of chemists, microbiologists, molecular biologists, laboratory technicians, and administrative and management staff have established a high level of quality assurance and concordance, while applying the latest analytical technology to a broad range of agricultural products.
NSL has been accredited to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditations for specific tests in the fields of chemistry and microbiology.