The United States is one of the world’s biggest suppliers of seafood. Ensuring the quality and safety of products sold here and overseas requires leading-edge science. And that’s exactly what our National Seafood Inspection Laboratory does.
A key role of the lab is to test products collected through our Seafood Inspection Program. This fee-for-service program helps ensure that seafood processors and distributors—both in and outside of the United States—are complying with food safety, quality, and trade requirements. Many of the products that pass through the lab are destined for foreign countries, where they’ll be sold in grocery stores or added as an ingredient in animal feed.
Located in Pascagoula, Mississippi, the lab houses two teams that test products for bacteria and chemicals that threaten seafood safety. Check out our web story series below to learn more about the lab’s work and the people who do it.
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