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EMSL Chicago Earns A2LA Food Chem Accreditation

Category Press Release
Publish Date 7/12/2017
Author Alexa Surmick
Title Chicago Food Testing Laboratory Adds A2LA Chemistry Accreditation
Introduction EMSL Chicago is now accredited and ready to accept food chemistry samples.

Chicago, IL, July 12, 2017

EMSL Analytical, Inc. is pleased to announce that its Chicago laboratory has added 10 tests to its scope of accreditation for food chemistry testing services by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) Program. These new tests have been combined with the laboratory’s current A2LA accreditation that already includes 17 microbiological tests on food, food products, feeds, food additives, beverages and environmental samples.

Under this program, EMSL Chicago is in compliance with the International Standard ISO/IEC 17025:2005 / AOAC along with additional program requirements in the chemistry field. The laboratory can now perform the following food chemistry tests:


  • Ash
  • Crude Fat
  • Crude Fiber
  • Dietary Fiber, Soluble and Insoluble Dietary Fiber
  • Moisture by Forced Air
  • Moisture by Vacuum Oven
  • pH
  • Protein by Kjeldahl
  • Salt by Potentiometric 
  • Water Activity 

“These newly added tests are beneficial to industry professionals and requirements for food products during the manufacturing process,” said Deepa Thakar, National Food Technical Sales Manager at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Our food chemistry division helps support analysis for the standard nutrition label requirements as well as specialty fibers and other common components. In addition to providing testing services, Chicago laboratory’s professionals can provide assistance on choosing the right tests and interpreting results.”

Along with food chemistry and microbiology, EMSL Chicago holds a food proficiency testing certificate from the American Proficiency Institute (API). Chicago also holds a number of AIHA accreditations including AIHA ELLAP for paint, soil, settled dust by wipe and airborne dust, AIHA EMLAP fungal for air, bulk and surface, AIHA IHLAP, AIHA ELPAT for paint chips, soil, dust wipes and air, AIHA EMPAT for fungi and AIHA IHPAT for asbestos and metals. The laboratory is also certified as proficient in the CDC ELITE program for Legionella, as well as NVLAP for air and bulk asbestos.

The laboratory is located at 4140 Litt Drive in Hillside, Chicago. To view a complete list of EMSL’s laboratory locations, accreditations and capabilities, please visit For more information about EMLS’s testing services, please call (800) 220-3675 or email

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.

EMSL Analytical, Inc. is one of the leading testing laboratories with 40 locations throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for mold, bacteria, Legionella, USP <797>, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, char & ash from fires, VOC’s, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environmental, industrial hygiene, radiological, food, beverage & consumer products and material testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL services both professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies including, but not limited to A2LA, AIHA LAP, LLC. (AIHA EMLAP, AIHA IHLAP, AIHA ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at for a complete listing of accreditations.  In addition, EMSL carries a wide range of Sampling Equipment and Investigative Products for environmental professionals.

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