The Food Laboratory’s mission is to provide expert state of the art analytical testing in support of food safety and security programs and consumer and agricultural interests in New York State.

The Food Lab serves the Divisions of Food Safety and Inspection, Plant Industry, and Milk Control and Dairy Services. The Food Lab’s primary function is to protect public health by analyzing food, beverage, animal feed/pet food, and fertilizer samples for health hazards, purity of product, and accuracy of labeling. Division staff also provides support to the state Liquor Authority and the New York State Department of Health. Specialized analytical services are also provided on a contract basis to universities and state and Federal agencies within and outside of New York State. 

The Food Lab is accredited to the ISO 17025 and AOAC ALAAC standards.

The Food Laboratory analyzes nearly 20,000 samples each year that the Department's Food Safety and Milk Control staff collect during their inspections. In 2018, these tests resulted in over 200 recalls and more than 2,208 seizures of adulterated or misbranded food to protect the public.

In addition, the Food Laboratory, along with the Division of Food Safety and Inspection, was also key in the creation of a Center of Excellence on Food Research, in cooperation with the New York State Department of Health, to determine health-based limits of contaminants, such as heavy metals in spices.

Learn more about the Food Laboratory's work by viewing the 2018 annual report, below.

Contact the Food Laboratory

Contact us by phone:

Main Line: (518) 457-4477

Mailing Address:

1220 Washington Avenue
Building 6
Albany, New York 12206