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Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Reminds the Public of the Risks Associated with Contaminated Products

EMSL Analytical provides consumer product testing services to identify microbial contaminants in consumer products.


Cinnaminson, NJ, November 13, 2012

Recently, the public was reminded of what can happen when the products they purchase have been contaminated by microbial contaminants.  The latest high profile case of a steroid, contaminated by a fungus, used for back pain has already resulted in 438 non-fatal cases and the deaths of 32 people.

This was just the latest contamination scare to hit the U.S.  Earlier this year, the news was filled with reports of microbial contaminants in a number of food products.  These products ranged from ice creams and salads to candies and pet foods.

Microbial contaminants in foods, drugs and consumer products can include a wide range of fungal and bacterial pathogens.  Just how these microbial contaminants get into these products can at times be a real mystery.  Did the pathogens arrive in contaminated ingredients, were they growing inside the production plant, or did they arrive on the hands of a careless employee?

To discover the cause of a microbial contamination often requires a thorough investigation of everything from raw ingredients, manufacturing processes, and sanitation practices of both employees and the facility where the products are manufactured.  During these investigations sampling and testing of materials is often a key component to the success and resolution of the problem.

One of the leading consumer product testing companies in North America is EMSL Analytical, Inc.  EMSL has laboratory facilities across the U.S. and Canada that are staffed with some of the leading scientists in identifying microbial contaminants. 

“Whether a product is contaminated with fungal pathogens or bacteria such as E. coli, Salmonella or Listeria monocytogenes, EMSL can identify what is causing the contamination,” reported Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President, Marketing at EMSL Analytical.

To learn more about microbial contaminants or other consumer product testing services, please visit or, call (800)220-3675 or email .
About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public.  The laboratory is FDA registered, ISO 17025 and GMP compliant.



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