Food and milk testing
Bacteria such as salmonella, campylobacter and E. coli O157 cause severe abdominal cramping, diarrhea and vomiting, and in some severe cases of E.coli O157, hemolytic uremic syndrome and kidney failure.
These bacteria have been positively linked to the ingestion of contaminated food.
The Environmental Microbiology Laboratory performs routine studies of retail food to screen for bacterial contamination.
The lab collaborates with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and nine other state laboratories via the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) to provide data that create a better understanding of foodborne illnesses’ public health effect.
The lab also performs analyses on large numbers of food samples suspected of being the source of foodborne illness. In collaboration with the Consumer Protection Division, we obtain food samples suspected of containing bacteria that may be responsible for illness and quickly tests food specimens to aid in the recall of contaminated food sources.
As the primary site in Colorado for milk testing, we perform various analyses on all milk samples to ensure a safe and quality product is available to consumers.