New Research Links the Historic Use of Leaded Gasoline with Soil Contamination in Santa Ana
LA Testing offers soil, air, dust, water, paint chip, and bulk material testing services to identify exposure risks to lead and other heavy metals.
Huntington Beach, CA, August 10, 2022
Researchers from the University of California, Irvine recently published their findings for sources of lead-soil contamination in Santa Ana, California. According to the study, a “predominant contributor to contemporary soil-lead contamination in Santa Ana” came from the past use of leaded gasoline.
The toxic metal was released from vehicle exhaust into the air where it would then settle onto the ground and contaminant the soil. The research suggests that busy intersections.......[Read More]
Food Company in California Issues Allergy Alert and Product Recall Due to Undeclared Egg Allergen
LA Testing provides food testing services to protect the public and to help companies comply with food allergen and labeling regulations to prevent costly product recalls.
Huntington Beach, CA, August 5, 2022
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted information about an allergy alert and product recall initiated by a food company out of the Los Angeles area. The alert and recall were issued because two brands of their fish and shrimp products may contain undeclared eggs. The recalled products were distributed to retail stores in California, Indiana and Illinois.
According to the recall notice, this action was initiated after receiving a consumer complaint of an anaphylactic.......[Read More]
Acrylonitrile Exposure Risks for Workers in California
LA Testing provides environmental and industrial hygiene laboratory testing services to identify and mitigate occupational exposures to acrylonitrile and other industrial chemicals.
Huntington Beach, CA, August 1, 2022
California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) added acrylonitrile to the list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer for purposes of Proposition 65 back in 1987. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) currently classifies acrylonitrile as possibly carcinogenic to humans. Acrylonitrile is described by the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR) as a colorless, liquid, man-made chemical with a sharp, onion- or garlic-like.......[Read More]
Apartment Fire in Southern California Displaces Residents and Leaves Behind Indoor Environmental Quality Concerns
LA Testing provides laboratory services, sampling supplies, test kits and building inspection tools to identify smoke and water damage, odors, mold, lead, asbestos and other common exposure risks following fire damage.
Huntington Beach, CA, July 28, 2022
A fire recently broke out at an apartment complex in Chula Vista, California displacing several residents. While firefighters were able to contain the flames to several units, several other apartments were damaged from the smoke and water.
Fires in apartment buildings are all too common. Anytime there is a fire in a multifamily or multitenant complex there can be a tremendous amount of smoke that travels throughout the units and floors. This smoke is made up of a number of combustion.......[Read More]
OEHHA Submits Acute Notification Level Recommendations for Cyanotoxins in California’s Drinking Water
LA Testing provides laboratory services and sampling supplies to identify harmful algal blooms, algal toxins and other contaminants to safeguard the public to help protect industries that depend on clean water.
Huntington Beach, CA, July 25, 2022
Last month, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) submitted to the State Water Resources Control Board (Water Board) acute notification level (NL) recommendations for four cyanotoxins. They represent OEHHA’s recommended maximum concentrations for these cyanotoxins that people can consume over a 24-hour period.
Cyanotoxins are toxins produced by cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, during algal blooms. Cyanobacteria are naturally-occurring.......[Read More]
Nasal Spray Recalled by Pharmaceutical Company in California Due to Bacterial Contamination Concerns
LA Testing provides product testing services to identify microbial and chemical contaminants to protect consumers and help to prevent costly product recalls.
Huntington Beach, CA, July 21, 2022
Last month, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) posted information about a pharmaceutical company in Ventura County voluntarily recalling one lot of a homeopathic over the counter (OTC) nasal spray used to help stop or reduce symptoms of snoring. The recall was initiated because of concerns over potential microbial contamination with Providencia rettgeri. The product was distributed online and through health food stores nationwide.
According to the recall notice:
Occupational Exposure Risks to MRSA and Other Superbugs in California
LA Testing offers environmental and infection control testing services to identify MRSA and other opportunistic pathogens to help protect workers, building occupants and to confirm disinfection procedures.
Huntington Beach, CA, July 19, 2022
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reports that approximately of 1% of people in general are colonized with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). MRSA is a potentially dangerous type of staph bacteria. It is resistant to an antibiotic known as methicillin and is often resistant to other antibiotics as well. Being colonized means a person carries the organism, but shows no clinical signs or symptoms of infection.
For those that do become infected with MRSA, it.......[Read More]
Two Major California Cities Make the Top 10 Most Rat-Infested List
LA Testing provides laboratory services and easy-to-use test kits to identify indoor allergens caused by rats, mice, cockroaches, pets and other common sources.
Huntington Beach, CA, July 15, 2022
The most recent Top 50 Rattiest Cities list from Orkin includes two major population centers in California. The highest ranking California city on the list was Los Angeles (2nd) followed by San Francisco (5th). The list was compiled from new rodent treatments performed by the company from September 15, 2020 through September 15, 2021.
Rats and mice rodents will try to live in and around people’s homes, schools and businesses as they seek shelter and food. The presence of rodents can.......[Read More]