Approximately 100 Residents of Apartment Complex on the West Coast Temporarily Moved Due to Legionella Concerns
LA Testing offers PCR and traditional culturing methods to quickly and accurately identify the microbial pathogen that causes Legionnaires’ disease and Pontiac fever from all types of environmental samples.
Huntington Beach, CA, February 23rd, 2021 A county health department in Oregon recently notified neighbors in the immediate vicinity of a North Portland apartment building where Legionnaires’ disease has been detected, to be aware of any signs of illness and ways to lower the risk and spread of Legionella in their homes and buildings. This warning came as the county temporarily moved almost 100 residents of the apartment complex into motels until the building’s water system could be disinfected. All of these actions.......[Read More]
New Study Examines the Increasing Frequency of Harmful Algal Blooms in West Coast Waters
LA Testing provides laboratory services and sampling supplies to identify aquatic contaminants and toxins.
Huntington Beach, CA, February 18th, 2021 A new study, led by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Northwest Fisheries Science Center, was recently published in a professional journal on climate research. It examines how ocean heatwaves are triggering harmful algal blooms (HABs) on the west coast of the United States and investigates the increasing frequency of these HABs and how climate change creates new seed beds for their survival and distribution. “Coastal communities, including Native.......[Read More]
California Pet Owners Concerned Following the Recall of Pet Food Products Linked to Multiple Animal Illnesses and Fatalities
LA Testing’s network of laboratories provide animal food and feed testing services to identify mycotoxins and other contaminants.
Huntington Beach, CA, February 15th, 2021 The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recently published an alert over contamination concerns in certain lots of cat and dog pet food products due to potentially fatal levels of aflatoxin. Aflatoxin is a toxin that can be produced by a type of mold known as Aspergillus flavus. The mold can grow on corn and other grains commonly used as ingredients in pet food. According to the FDA, pets experiencing aflatoxin poisoning may have symptoms such as sluggishness, loss of appetite,.......[Read More]
California Department of Toxic Substances Control Advises Manufacturers to Explore Alternatives to Using Zinc in Rubber Tires
LA Testing provides laboratory services to test for zinc in bulk materials and from environmental and industrial hygiene samples.
Huntington Beach, CA, February 11th, 2021 Last month, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) published a news release putting tire manufacturers on notice that the State wants them to explore alternatives to using zinc, a chemical element they describe as harming aquatic life and burdening waterways. The agency shared the following in their announcement: Zinc helps make rubber stronger, but also wears off tire tread and washes into storm drains, streams, rivers and lakes, threatening California fish and other.......[Read More]
California Study Examines Hexavalent Chromium from Iron Pipes
LA Testing provides laboratory services and sampling supplies to test for hexavalent chromium from environmental and industrial hygiene samples.
Huntington Beach, CA, February 9th, 2021 A new study was released last year by engineers from a university in California. Published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, it examined the corrosion of cast iron pipes that come in contact with residual disinfectants in water distribution systems and found that chemical reactions can form hexavalent chromium (chromium VI) in some circumstances. Hexavalent chromium is a form of the metallic element chromium. It can occur from chemical reactions as described in the research study, and is used.......[Read More]
National Cancer Prevention Month and Identifying Exposure Risks to Carcinogens in California
LA Testing provides laboratory services, sampling supplies, test kits and monitoring instruments to identify known carcinogens, respiratory irritants, allergens and asthma triggers.
Huntington Beach, CA, February 4th, 2021 A California program that collaborates with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and several other entities, reported that an estimated 1 out of every 2 Californians born today will develop cancer. The program also reported that more than 175,000 people in California will be diagnosed with some form of cancer this year. A significant portion of cancer deaths in California and across the nation can be attributed to preventable causes. To help raise awareness of ways to avert new cancer.......[Read More]
California Residents Advised of Potential Lead Hazards Lurking in Homes
LA Testing provides environmental testing services to identify lead hazards.
Huntington Beach, CA, February 1st, 2021 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 24 million housing units across the U.S. have significant lead-based paint hazards. Of these homes, found in California and every other state, the agency reports that about 4 million have young children living in them. This is bad news as lead exposure can affect nearly every system in the body and is especially true for children. They are particularly vulnerable to lead exposure and the CDC states that no safe.......[Read More]
Indoor Environmental Testing for Pathogens in California and the Rise of Antimicrobial Resistance
LA Testing offers laboratory testing services to identify environmental pathogens to help prevent infections and to confirm disinfection procedures in California businesses, institutions and homes.
Huntington Beach, CA, January 26th, 2021 The COVID-19 pandemic has made everyone aware of the ease at which some pathogens can spread. Unfortunately, there are many types of microbial pathogens that can cause disease, and many can be found in both indoor and outdoor environments. Another growing concern today is the fact that all types of microbes have the ability to develop resistance to the drugs created to destroy them, becoming drug-resistant organisms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines antimicrobial.......[Read More]