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Category Press Release
Publish Date 7/7/2014
Author Christina Puggi
Title LA Testing’s Pasadena Lab Now CDC ELITE Approved
Introduction LA Testing’s South Pasadena Lab has received its CDC ELITE approval.

South Pasadena, CA, July 7th, 2014

LA Testing is proud to announce that its Pasadena laboratory has been certified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the Environmental Legionella Isolation Techniques Evaluation (ELITE) Program. The ELITE Program allows laboratories to test Legionella isolation techniques against standardized samples. As a member of the program, LA Testing will have access to individualized performance reports, the latest CDC policies and guidelines, and CDC staff scientists to help optimize isolation procedures.

“Legionella outbreaks and causes are often times very complex,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at LA Testing. “It’s important for LA Testing to have prime access to sampling techniques as well as information regarding this potentially deadly bacteria in order to better serve California and its surrounding states.”

Legionella is a gram negative, rod-shaped bacterium that can cause Legionnaires' disease or flu-like illnesses. It was first identified and recognized as causing disease during the outbreak that occurred in conjunction with the American Legion Convention in Philadelphia in 1976. There are over 40 species of Legionella and 18 of those can cause disease. It is estimated that the species Legionella pneumophila causes most of the infections.

To learn more about Legionella and our testing services, please visit or, email or call (800) 755-1794. For service questions, please contact Diane Miskowski, MPH, at LA Testing’s parent company, EMSL Analytical, Inc., for expert information at 1-800-220-3675 extension 2528.

About LA Testing and EMSL Analytical, Inc.

LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for indoor air quality testing of asbestos, mold, lead, VOCs, formaldehyde, soot, char, ash and smoke damage, particulates and other chemicals. In addition, LA Testing offers a full range of air sampling and investigative equipment to professionals and the general public. LA Testing maintains an extensive list of accreditations including: AIHA LAP LLC., AIHA ELLAP, AIHA EMLAP and AIHA IHLAP, NVLAP, State of California, State of Hawaii Department of Health and other states. LA Testing, along with the EMSL Analytical, Inc. network, has multiple laboratories throughout California including South Pasadena, Garden Grove, San Leandro and San Diego.

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