Emergency Responders in California at Risk of Exposure to Fentanyl and Other Illicit Drugs
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Huntington Beach, CA, July 23rd, 2021 Earlier this year, three California first responders were likely exposed to fentanyl when they responded to a hotel that had been converted to housing for the homeless. The building was being evacuated due to issues with the building’s sewer lines and the incident occurred when two sheriff’s deputies and a firefighter walked into an open hotel room that contained a substance believed to be fentanyl. Fortunately, all three were treated at a local hospital and later released. Fentanyl is a.......[Read More]
Insecticide Causes Soil Contamination Concerns Decades Later at a High School in California
LA Testing provides environmental and industrial hygiene testing services to combat exposure risks to chemical and biological hazards.
Huntington Beach, CA, July 21st, 2021 Earlier this year, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) collected public input about plans to remove contaminated soil from a high school in Southern California. Back in 2013, over 500 tons of soil were removed from part of the campus due to the presence of chlordane, but more contaminated soil was later discovered. Nationwide, all uses of chlordane - a broad-spectrum insecticide, have been banned in the United States since 1988. Before then, it was used to control termites........[Read More]
Imported Mushrooms Recalled by a California Company Due to Listeria Contamination Concerns
LA Testing provides laboratory services to identify Listeria, E. coli, Salmonella, and other microbial pathogens.
Huntington Beach, CA, July 15th, 2021 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently posted information about a California company’s recall of mushrooms imported from China. The recall was initiated when the potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the California Health Department revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in a package of the mushrooms. The mushrooms had been distributed from California through produce distributors and wholesalers to retail stores nationwide. Fortunately, at the.......[Read More]
Common Exposure Hazards Lurking in Some California Homes and Buildings
LA Testing provides laboratory services, sampling supplies, easy-to-use test kits, monitoring instruments, and building inspection tools to detect a wide range of indoor environmental quality issues.
Huntington Beach, CA, July 13th, 2021 In a typical year, people spend up to 90% of their time indoors at home, school, and/or work. During the past year and a half, many people spent even more time in their homes due to COVID-19 concerns and the closure of so many schools and businesses. While many people feel safe and secure indoors, there are several common hazards and indoor pollutants that could cause issues in many residential, commercial, and even institutional properties. The following list includes some of the more common indoor.......[Read More]
Dampness and Mold Assessment Tool for Building Managers in California
LA Testing provides laboratory services, sampling supplies, test kits, and building inspection tools to detect moisture, mold and other indoor environmental quality concerns.
Huntington Beach, CA, July 8th, 2021 Several years ago, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) released Dampness and Mold Assessment Tool for General Buildings. The document is available from the NIOSH website and is meant to provide a mechanism to investigate, record, and compare indoor conditions over time, as well as prioritizing remediation of problem areas. The publication discusses how the health of those who live, attend school, or work in damp buildings has been a growing concern in recent years due to.......[Read More]
Company Recalls Cat Food Products Due to Salmonella Concerns
LA Testing provides laboratory services to identify Salmonella and other foodborne pathogens from human and pet products.
Huntington Beach, CA, July 6th, 2021 The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recently posted information about the voluntary recall, by a company in Southern California, of bagged cat food products that were sold through retail and online distribution to clients across the United States. The recall was issued after the Minnesota Department of Agriculture discovered possible Salmonella contamination from a routine state surveillance sample. According to the recall notice: Salmonella can infect cats eating a product.......[Read More]
Undeclared Milk Allergen in Dietary Supplement Results in Product Recall from Southern California Company
LA Testing offers food allergen testing and labeling services to assist companies in complying with food testing and labeling requirements.
Huntington Beach, CA, July 1st, 2021 A supplement company from Southern California recently announced the recall of specific lots of MCT oil powder. The voluntary action, which was posted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recall list, was initiated because the product may contain undeclared milk allergens according to the ingredient supplier. The dietary supplement was sold online and in some grocery stores. The recall notice states that people who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of a.......[Read More]
California Company Recalls Complete Line of Products Due to Salmonella Concerns
LA Testing provides laboratory services to identify Salmonella and other foodborne pathogens.
Huntington Beach, CA, June 23rd, 2021 A California company recently announced a voluntary recall of all their food products. It includes multiple types of brie, an artichoke spinach dip, and a vegan ranch dressing. The announcement was posted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recall list and states that the agency has preliminary confirmation of Salmonella in the brie products containing cashews. The company also reported it is working with the FDA to isolate the source of the pathogen in samples collected.......[Read More]