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Dr. Sally Flowers - Laboratory Administrator

NDA LaboratoryThe mission of the NDA Laboratory is to support the regulatory enforcement activities of the Department by providing accurate and timely testing of samples. The NDA Laboratory also provides testing services to other government agencies, the general public, and provides services in other areas, as prescribed by law and assigned by NDA Administration.

NDA Laboratory testing supports regulatory activities undertaken by Animal and Plant Health Protection (APHP) and Food Safety and Consumer Protection (FSCP) Focus Areas. The majority of NDA test methods are used to examine human food, dairy products, animal food, fertilizers, and agricultural lime for chemical, microbiological, molecular, physical, or microscopic analytes. The timely and accurate analysis of submitted samples is extremely important for NDA regulatory efforts. Samples are submitted by NDA inspectors for routine surveillance or from regulatory investigations.

The laboratory is organized into three sections:

Foodborne Illness

If you believe you have become ill due to food poisoning, please report it directly to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services at (402) 471-6450.

The NDA Laboratory accepts samples from state inspectors and from local, state, or federal agencies. Additional Food Safety resources can be found on the NDA Food Safety and Consumer Protection webpage.

Federal Cooperative Agreements*

  • Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Food Emergency Response Network (FERN) Chemistry Cooperative Agreement Program (funding made possible by the FDA through FAIN: U18FD005520)
  • United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) FERN Microbiology Cooperative Agreement Program (funding made possible by the USDA FSIS through agreement #FSIS-C-15-2018)
  • FDA Animal Feed Regulatory Program Standards (AFRPS) Cooperative Agreement Program (funding made possible by the FDA through FAIN: U18FD005573)

These grants provide resources to build and sustain routine and emergency testing capacity and capabilities, to remain current with available testing technologies, and/or to maintain accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025. FDA cooperative agreement funding has supported ISO 17025 accreditation activities since 2012. ISO 17025 accreditation is considered an international gold standard for data acceptance and legal defensibility. Improved acceptance of lab test results accelerates the removal of unsafe products from the marketplace.

*Views expressed on this website do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the US Department of Health and Human Services or the US Department of Agriculture nor does any mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the United States Government.