ADRDL Food Safety Microbiology Lab Achieves ISO 17025 Certification
The ADRDL's Food Safety Microbiology Laboratory (FSM) recently received official notice of their certification as an ISO 17025 certified laboratory. ISO 17025 certification is the main standard used by testing and calibration laboratories worldwide, and includes certification of the competence of the lab's management, staff, equipment, and methods.
The certification is the culmination of an extensive review process undertaken by FSM and ADRDL personnel, with assistance from the A2LA accreditation body. Pictured above (left photo, L-R) are Deb Murray, FSM Senior Microbiologist; Laura Ruesch, FSM Research Associate; Rajesh Parmar, ADRDL Quality Manager; Zach Lau, FSM Microbiologist; and Heidi Phillips, A2LA assessor.
The ISO 17025:2017 standard describes the strict requirements for a laboratory’s technical and quality management system. Constant improvement...
ADRDL Building Project Progresses; Refacing of Existing Building to Begin
Contractors continue to make progress on the new ADRDL facility, being constructed to the north of the existing ADRDL on the SDSU campus. Exterior work on the building has largely been completed, with exterior site work (loading docks, curb, paving, etc.) occurring now. Interiors of most of the labs are taking shape, with cabinetry and case work installed. Currently, a major push for contractors is the mechanical spaces in the new building (air handling, heating and cooling). In order to sufficiently accommodate this work, the anticipated date for the move-in to the new building has been pushed to mid-November, 2019.
The next step in the overall project will focus on the existing 1967 and 1993 ADRDL buildings. These buildings will be refaced to match the exterior of the new ADRDL (see artist rendering below). This work will also allow for much needed improvements in waterproofing, foundation, and insulation. Work to renovate this building for teaching and research will commence following move-in to the new ADRDL; roof replacement has already begun on the older building sections.
Planning is underway for an Open House for the new ADRDL, to occur prior to the move-in date - likely in early fall. Stay tuned for forthcoming details!
SDSU ADRDL’s Active Surveillance for African Swine Fever
The outbreak of African Swine Fever in China and other countries has swine producers and veterinarians on edge about the possibility of an incursion into the US swine herd. Since early detection is critical to efforts to contain such a disease, the USDA is partnering with the swine industry, states, and veterinary diagnostic labs on an ASF surveillance effort.
Testing for ASF will focus on high-risk animals, which includes sick pig submissions to veterinary diagnostic laboratories. Diagnostic submissions of pigs with certain clinical or post-mortem signs are eligible; both ASF and Classical Swine Fever tests will be performed at the same time. Negative results will be reported to the submitter, and there is no cost to the client for this test; charges are paid by the USDA.
Q and A: Cryptosporidiosis Diagnosis at the ADRDL
With the onset of "calf scours season," we asked some questions of Dr. Angela Pillatzki, DVM, MS, DACVP, ADRDL pathologist and section leader for the clinical pathology section; and Julie Colby, principal microbiologist in the section, about one of the lab's more common diagnostic requests: cryptosporidiosis.
Q. What is the preferred sample for cryptosporidiosis detection, and what is the best way to submit the sample to the lab?
A. Fecal material in a sealed plastic bag or plastic container (e.g. pill vial). Whatever container is used should have a good seal so it will not leak during transport. Keeping the sample cool during transport and submitting samples in a timely manner are always good ideas.
Q. Are there any conditions that would make a sample unsuitable for crypto testing?
A. Overall, fecal samples are pretty stable for the crypto testing we perform. Paying attention to...
ADRDL Researcher at the Forefront of Solving Swine Health Questions
Senecavirus A poses tricky problems for swine producers and veterinarians because the disease looks similar to Foot and Mouth Disease. A blood test, along with diagnostic reagents developed at SDSU by Dr. Steve Lawson's (above, right) lab enable faster, more sensitive ways to differentiate between the diseases...Read about these tests at the Pork Checkoff site
Prompt and Accurate Veterinary Diagnostic Services
The South Dakota Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (ADRDL) has served the citizens of the state and region with timely and accurate veterinary diagnostic services since 1887. A dedicated and experienced staff performs a full range of diagnostic testing services that arm veterinarians and health officials with the information they need to protect and improve animal and therefore, human health.
The staff of the ADRDL are nationally recognized for their skill in diagnosing key diseases of cattle, pigs, and other livestock. Additionally, the ADRDL supports veterinarians and caretakers of horses and companion animals, plays a vital role in identifying zoonotic diseases such as rabies, and helps to keep our food supply safe by testing food products for bacteria that may cause food-borne illness.
The ADRDL is American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians(AAVLD) accredited. In addition, the lab is an integral member of the USDA National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN), a network of diagnostic laboratories across the US that help detect nationally significant animal diseases such as influenza and Foot & Mouth Disease. Expertise in detecting agents of food-borne illness is important in the ADRDL's role as a regional laboratory for the Food Emergency Response Network(FERN). Participation by the ADRDL in the FDA Veterinary Laboratory Investigation Response Network (Vet-LIRN) (hotlink this name to the link below… https://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/ScienceResearch/ucm247334.htm helps to document, investigate, and diagnose animal feed or drug related illnesses. These efforts can contribute to overall food safety as animal feed events could signal potential issues in human food. The ADRDL also contributes to the FDA Genome Trakr.
NOTE: Starting April 1st, as per the AAVLD Accreditation requirements, full diagnostic laboratory reports will be sent labeled as "preliminary", indicating some results are still pending, or "final", where no test results are pending. Previously, for some cases, only the newest results were sent via e-mail or fax.
Thank you for your understanding of this requirement. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact the laboratory.