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The Food Chemistry Laboratory supports the investigation of consumer complaints, FDA programs with meat analysis, USDA programs with analysis of dairy products for pesticides, PCBs and vitamins. Surveillance programs of meat and dairy products receive laboratory support for the purpose of monitoring conformance to state and federal safety regulations and standards of identity. The laboratory also identifies foreign material in food products
This area provides analytical support to principally the Food Protection Division of the Indiana State Department of Health. Through that division, laboratory services are also provided to the local health departments which serve the individual citizens of Indiana. Assistance is often provided to other state agencies such as Department of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Management, and the Department of Administration. Most of the routine work involves supporting the investigation of consumer complaints or surveillance programs of meat and dairy products from the Indiana Board of Animal Health.