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Microbiology Laboratory

What We Do...

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture’s highly skilled scientists analyze a variety of raw and ready-to-eat foods, water, pet food, ice cream, hemp products, and environmental samples for bacteriological, viral, toxins, and foreign material contaminants.

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The WVDA food laboratory is accredited for 17 methods. This was accomplished through a FDA grant that provided funding from 2012 through 2018. The accreditation process involves the standardization of quality assurance practices regarding to management and technical competencies. This designation allows the laboratory to assist the state in complying with the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards (MFRPS). The accreditation is used to prove the laboratory’s technical competence and support analysis for USDA and FDA programs.

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The WVDA Microbiology Laboratory is ISO 17025:2005 accredited by the International Organization for Standardization and A2LA


We analyze samples for bacteria, viruses, and toxins for:

Regulatory and Compliance Testing



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We analyze Service Samples for

Food Manufacturing HACCP Programs



Service Sampling Request Area


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We analyze foods for Large-Scale National Events such as the RNC, DNC, Presidential Inauguration, and Sporting Events


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We provide Surge Capacity for Federal and State Laboratories throughout the United States



We analyze samples related to Consumer Complaints

Consumer Complaints


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The WVDA conducts all food related outbreak testing for the state of West Virginia


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We analyze for the following bacteria:

Salmonella spp., General E. coli, Listeria spp., Coliforms, APC, E. coli O157:H7, Big 6 STEC’s, Staph aureus, Listeria monocytogenes, Shigella spp., Vibrio spp., Cronobacter spp., Campylobacter spp., Bacillus anthracis (anthrax), Yersinia pestis (plague), Francisella tularensis, Bacillus cereus



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We analyze for the following viruses:

Hepatitis A, Norovirus, & Murine Norovirus

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We analyze for the following toxins:

C. botulinum toxins, Ricin, Staphylococcal enterotoxins, Abrin, Tetrodotoxin, T-2, Aflatoxin, & α-Amanitin



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