Dairy Laboratory

The Dairy Laboratory helps regulate the dairy industry in Iowa by ensuring the safety of the milk supply and keeping the state in compliance with regulations allowing the shipment of milk across state lines.

Tests performed in the Dairy Laboratory Include:

  • Antibiotic residue testing 
  • Butterfat content             
  • Pasteurization assurance
  • Quantitative bacterial tests 
  • Vitamin A and D extraction and quantification

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Food Laboratory

The Food Laboratory is responsible for the testing of meat products produced at locker plants throughout Iowa.

Tests performed in the Food Laboratory Include:

  • Protein content
  • Salt content
  • Fat content
  • Microbial contamination

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