Protecting Food Throughout the Food Chain

  • The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) laboratory is one of the top pesticide and safety labs in the country and is part of a comprehensive pesticide residue testing program with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.   
  • Laboratory equipment is regularly updated to permit technicians to analyze residues to minute trace amounts, including the ability to detect parts per million.   
  • MDARD's laboratory tests fresh commodities and processed foods, including baby food, for pesticide residues.   
  • In addition to the pesticide residue testing, MDARD's laboratory conducts microbiological and pathogen testing of food and dairy products; tests for antibiotic and other drug residues in milk; and mercury and other toxic elements in fish, dairy, and other food products.