Public Health Laboratories
Have You Heard? Facts From The Field is a weekly feature from the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support to provide CDC and the field with facts and news from state, tribal, local and territorial public health agencies. We invite you to read and share this information broadly.
February 1, 2012
- Partnerships with the FDA and Food Emergency Response Network provided the necessary instrumentation, training, and infrastructure for Colorado's state laboratory to respond rapidly to the 2011 Listeria monocytogenes outbreak.
- In 2011, the Texas Department of State Health Services laboratory confirmed that a Mexican face cream contained mercury levels as high as 239 times the FDA limit, leading to a product recall in Mexico.
- The New Jersey Public Health and Environment Laboratory significantly reduced the reporting time of influenza test results by implementing an automated, electronic reporting system from the state lab to CDC.