ALS, a global provider of laboratory testing services, has recently expanded their scope of accreditation to include their newest food laboratory under the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) satellite program.

This new ALS laboratory is a greenfield startup laboratory in Houston, TX, that sought accreditation by A2LA for testing. Less than 90 days after construction of this new facility was completed, A2LA granted accreditation to the Houston laboratory, enabling them to perform biological testing under the quality program from ALS’s Marshfield, WI, laboratory. A2LA has a long working relationship with ALS and, using remote assessing techniques and procedures, was able to perform the necessary technical assessment remotely and grant this accreditation. Accreditation by an impartial, third-party accreditation body such as A2LA is a critical indicator of the quality of newly produced tests and methods.

“ALS is very excited to obtain its A2LA accreditation for the molecular testing of surfaces and products in environmental sanitation programs based on rapid pathogen testing using ELISA methods. Houston is home to many large food manufacturers, food distributors, and the best restaurants in Texas.” says Scott Griggs, director of Food USA. “ALS has been a leading supplier of Salmonella and Listeria testing services in food manufacturing, distribution, and restaurants worldwide. The addition of the Houston lab is a logical extension of these established services and allows ALS to service clients beyond the food industry.”

All six ALS food laboratories are accredited by A2LA for a variety of tests under the international standard ISO/IEC 17025. Accreditation to this standard confirms an organization’s competence and their capacity to produce sound, reliable results.

“A2LA has a very solid history with ALS and has tremendous confidence in their systems and technical competence, which allowed us to extend this satellite accreditation to the Houston laboratory," says Trace McInturff, A2LA vice president of accreditation services.  “A2LA is very proud to work with our laboratories and assist in adding critical technical capabilities in these particular times of need.”

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