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This is a list of specific projects EMSL has had experience with. Click on the topic for the full details.
Acrylamide in Roasted Coffees A large coffee shop operating numerous franchises nationwide had imported exotic coffee from various international points in order to offer consumers...
Allergens in Food Milk contamination in Milk-free Products A manufacturer of tofu desserts was concerned that their co-packaging facility had inadvertently introduced...
Antibacterial Activity Antibacterial activity of semiconducting photocatalytic materials A European company was interested in testing their newly developed ceramic for...
Antimicrobial Product Development We have been working very closely with a client over the past few months to evaluate the performance of antimicrobials in foam and vinyl.  This...
Antimicrobial Product Testing An existing EMSL client contact us to test their antimicrobial product for a new market they were hoping to break into. The product had not...
Asbestos - Onsite Laboratory Services EMSL Analytical, Inc. provides mobile laboratory services at a large asbestos project in the northwestern United States. Work performed over the past...
Asbestos - World Trade Center EMSL Analytical, Inc. has been providing extensive asbestos, lead, silica and man-made vitrious fiber (MMVF) analysis at the World Trade Center in...
Asbestos in Tree Bark A local community was concerned that asbestos may be present in the bark of common coniferous trees.  The assertion was made that the asbestos...
Asbestos Toxicological Studies EMSL conducted high level morphological and chemical characterization of various asbestiform minerals for the USEPA. Samples were supplied by USEPA...
Biological - Mold in Hospital A hospital was experiencing an increased occurrence of infections in one of their intensive care units.  EMSL was hired to determine the cause...
Cause Of Discoloration of Natural Salt Product Cause Of Discoloration of Natural Salt Product Our client contacted us to help them determine the source of a discoloration found in one of their...
Ceiling tiles developing a line of mold resistant tiles A manufacturer of ceiling tiles was developing a line of microbial (mold) resistant tiles and needed a 3rd-party independent lab to test various...
Chemical odor after old flooring removal Client had a building with a chemical odor after old flooring removal and new carpet installation. TO-15 air testing in the space showed heavy...
Chemical Odor Identification Carpet squares applied to a concrete floor that was previously tiled acquired a bad chemical odor. EMSL analyzed air samples in the room, and...
Clandestine Drug Labs Cleanup A large contract lab was providing services to Certified Home Inspection Companies after homes were deemed to be unsafe due to drug residues on...
Computer Failures (Room Specific) A data center was experiencing repeated computer failures in a certain room in the building. Specialists were able to pinpoint the failure type as...
Construction Worker's Contaminated Clothes A worker was asked to haul materials he later was told may have contained asbestos. Since the materials were already disposed of and no air samples...
Contaminant Identification in Soap A soap bar manufacturer was encountering manufacturing problems; small red and yellow spots, which were not part of the design, kept appearing on the...
Contamination in Powder Coating One of our clients was experiencing contamination during in their polymer powder coating.  Through laboratory analysis, EMSL was able to...
Contamination Testing - Manufactured Ice Cream Scoops A manufacturer of ice cream scoops found white powder within sealed bags containing their product.   The ice cream scoops were found to be...
Corrosion - Airplane Wings on Jet Fighter Pieces of airplane wings from jet fighters, based on aircraft carriers, were brought to EMSL to compare the degree of corrosion following the...
Dead Bed Bug Remnants Were Found in Dust Samples from Bed Room In recent years, bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) have become a big concern for homeowners and hotel travelers. The increasing activities of bed bugs are...
Degradation - Space Telescope Component A deterioration in the performance of a high precision optical component used in space telescope led to investigation of the aluminum thin film...
Discoloration on Walls Our client discovered a yellow discoloration on warehouse walls.  Through laboratory analysis, EMSL was able to determine that the yellow...
Disinfectant Testing Hard Surface Disinfectant Testing A company was developing an antimicrobial hard surface cleaner and needed preliminary tests performed on their...
DNA Testing - Barcoding Analysis Revealed the Origin of Construction Wood DNA Barcoding Analysis Revealed the Origin of Construction Wood When repairing old buildings, the wood beams and supporting timbers often need to be...
DNA Testing - Pumpkin Seed Speciation DNA was extracted from the pumpkin seeds.  Five microsatellite markers from plant chloroplast were used for genetic analysis. Except ccSSR-4...
Dry Plant Leaves-Marijuana Suspected in a Book Cleared by Plant DNA Barcode Analysis Pieces of dried plant leaves were found in a book carried by a high school student. The plant leaves were suspected to be marijuana. Samples were...
Effectiveness of Antibacterial Spray A client contacted EMSL to see if we could provide help to demonstrate the effectiveness of their antibacterial spray. They want to have as close to...
Employee Complaint – Difficulty Breathing Major airline had an office building at a major airport that was adjacent to their repair hangar.  Office workers were complaining about having...
Erionite A client was concerned that a potential fibrous carcinogen, Erionite, was present in the asphalt road aggregate.  Through the use of our...
European Reg Compliance - Mycotoxins in Ginger A beverage bottling company was interested in verifying that their source for Ginger was in compliance with European regs related to aflatoxins and...
Eye and Skin Irritation A parochial high school held an event in a gymnasium where attendees seated in one section of seats experienced severe eye and skin irritation,...
Failure Analysis - Automobile Brake Failure An automobile was involved in an accident and the driver claimed that he could not stop.  Upon inspection by a mechanic it was determined that...
Failure Analysis - Automotive Brackets Metal brackets used on certain automobiles were breaking. This could result in a potentially dangerous outcome if the vehicle is in operation at the...
Failure Analysis - Ceramic Sinks in Hotels A building contractor working on renovation on a large hotel in New York City encountered repeat installation failures of ceramic sinks produced by...
Fire Debris Analysis - Black Carbon/Soot Combustion-by-products/Fire debris analysis (Black carbon/soot, char, ash)   Fire insurance claims, especially due to the increasing wildfires...
Fish Species Are Identified by Fish DNA Barcode Analysis Fish meat authentication is important for food supply companies. When they purchase large quantities of meat they want to insure they receive what...
Food Authenticity & Contamination Identification Sandwich sample wrapped in a napkin was sent to the lab for DNA analysis for maggot or insect materials contamination. The DNA analysis...
Food Contamination Testing A client consumed a fast-food meal and felt sick. A colonoscopy procedure revealed metal fragments present in the colon. Metal fragments were also...
Food Testing - Bad Wax on Cheese EMSL was asked to perform wax analysis for a US cheese manufacturer that had packaged some cheese that required aging.  After several...
Food Testing - Contamination on Pizza A piece of pizza was sent in for PCR analysis for rodent dropping. Both mouse and rat DNA were analyzed. Only rat DNA was presented as shown as a...
Food Testing - Development of a Better Crouton A client contacted EMSL Analytical, Inc. for help in their quest to develop a better crouton.  EMSL Analytical, Inc. used GC/MS to determine...
Food Testing - Poor Noodle Quality A well-known soup manufacturer was having difficulty with a line of prepared soups.  Their noodles would become too soft after cooking and...
Food Testing - Unknown Material in Apple Pie A client bought an apple pie at a famous fast-food restaurant. While eating, he found a “blob” of material that he suspected could be rat droppings....
Foreign Object In Cooked Food Foreign Object In Cooked Food One of our clients found a foreign object in a cooked food product.  EMSL was able to determine that the material...
Forensic - Explosion of Tanker An explosion and subsequent fire in a cargo tanker caused the ship to sink along with its cargo of iron pellets.  EMSL was asked to determine if...
Forensic - Motorcycle Headlight Failure A motorcycle was involved in an automobile accident that occurred after dark.  EMSL was asked to determine if the headlight of the motorcycle...
Forensic Testing - Shots Fired at an Elementary School Bullets were fired at an elementary school. The projectiles penetrated the exterior walls and were acquired from within the building. The focus of...
Formaldehyde In Dental Implants A European biomedical company was working on developing a new polymer based material to be potentially used for dental fillings. The company was in...
Fungal Growth Resistance A paint product manufacturer was developing a new formulation and contacted EMSL to help determine whether the new product would resist fungal...
Fungus on Paint Product A paint product manufacturer contacted EMSL to determine whether his new formulation would resist fungal growth. EMSL recommended ASTM D5590, which...
Genotoxicity and Ecotoxicity A university research group from Canada needed to conduct testing on a novel nanofiber for genotoxicity and ecotoxicity.  EMSL is one of the few...
Grey Dust On Windows In Old Building Grey Dust On Windows In Old Building One of our clients wanted to identify an unusual build up of grey dust on a series of window from an old...
Identification and Source Determination of Powder Buildup at Different Locations   One of our clients had a series of unknown powder building up on various locations from a manufacturing process. Through laboratory analysis,...
Identification of Black Tar-Like Substance Identification of Black Tar-Like Substance One of our clients wanted to identify a black tar-like substance staining a carpet.  EMSL has become...
Identification of Foam Material Composition   One of our clients needed to identify a type of foam they were using. Through laboratory analysis, EMSL was able to determine that the...
Identification of Foreign Material One of our clients had found foreign material in office spaces.  Through laboratory analysis, EMSL was able to determine that the foreign...
Identification of Material Found On Equipment Valve Identification of Material Found On Equipment Valve One of our clients discovered a clear crystalline material on one of their equipment...
Identification of Materials Poured Down Drains An EMSL client wanted to test for unknown substances that were wrongfully poured down a municipal drain. Improper disposal of such material can lead...
Identification of Odor Causing Material   Another testing laboratory sent us a sample of building material from an old building that was found during renovation because...
Identification of Powder on Fuel Pump    Another testing laboratory sent us a sample of powder they found from a fuel pump. Through laboratory analysis, EMSL was able to...
Identification of Purple Powder Our client discovered an unknown purple powder at their facility. Through laboratory analysis, EMSL was able to identify the purple powder as a...
Identification of Residue Forming on Parts   One of our manufacturing clients needed to identify a residue forming on several of their parts used for clean room applications. Through...
Identification of Residue in Gas/Petroleum Pipeline   A large petroleum/gas company periodically discovers various types of residue build up in their pipelines. Through laboratory analysis, EMSL...
Identification of Unknown Byproduct during Manufacturing Process   A client of ours had a series of unknown ceramic byproducts from a manufacturing process. Through laboratory analysis, EMSL was able to...
Identification of Unknown on Mechanical Equipment A client of ours, another analytical firm, needed to identify an unknown brownish-purple residue in some of their client’s of mechanical...
Identification Of White Substance In Heater Exchanger Unknown White Substance In Heater Exchanger A client of ours found an unknown white substance found in a heat exchanger.  EMSL was able to...
Identification of White Substance in Pharmaceutical Product A medical device company discovered an unknown white powder-like material in some of their liquid pharmaceutical products. Through laboratory...
Indentification of grey powder in facility Our client discovered large amounts of an unknown grey powder at their facility. Through laboratory analysis, EMSL was able to determine the identity...
Indoor Air Quality - Pepper Spray Contamination A client asked us to analyze for pepper spray. It turns out that a married couple had quite the marital spat and attacked each other with pepper...
Indoor Air Quality - Respiratory Problems Respiratory problems were being experienced in a four-story post office building.  EMSL requested air samples from the consultant hired to solve...
Industrial Hygiene - Engine Exhaust Two projects that we have recently completed (or in the process of completion), one at a Nashville Hospital Helipad and the other at an USPS facility...
Industrial Hygiene - New Carpet Odor in Homes A client recently asked us to analyze for a compound named 4-phenylcyclohexene. It turns out this compound is responsible for giving new carpet that...
Industrial Hygiene - Pesticides in Buildings We have been having inquiries about organophosphorus pesticides. Clients are being asked to sample in homes and businesses where clients have...
Industrial Hygiene - Sewer Gas Odor ID One of our workshop attendees wanted us to test for various ‘gaseous' components. He is working for a school district that has a cafeteria kitchen...
Industrial Hygiene - Stadium Construction Project We recently completed a project in support of the new Philadelphia Phillies Stadium construction project. Air quality was inadequate in the...
Industrial Hygiene - Tobacco Smoke A client from San Antonio asked us to measure ETS (environmental tobacco smoke) also known as second smoke in a bowling alley that had air quality...
Insurance Claim - Spoiled Product A producer of cured meats needed to provide testing results to their insurance carrier as part of a claim for reimbursement. They were claiming the...
Irritant in High School Gymnasium A high school hosted several events in their gymnasium over a weekend. The event on Saturday proceeded in exemplary fashion. During the next...
Latex Allergies In Workplace Healthcare workers in a facility were coming down with skin rashes and latex allergies were suspected. The facility had a policy in place to reduce...
Lead Paint - White Pigment Lead EMSL was asked to determine if the paint covering the woodwork of an apartment building contained a specific type of lead pigment, which would point...
Material Identification in Mechanical Equipment A client of EMSL, another analytical firm, needed to identify an unknown brownish-purple residue in some of their customers' mechanical equipment....
Melamine In Milk Chocolate An importer of milk chocolates was concerned about the inventory he had accumulated and wanted to verify that none was made with contaminated milk...
Microbial Activity Effects Of A Fuel Additive On Microbial Activity In Diesel Fuel A company had developed a fuel additive and needed to show that...
Microbiological - Mycobacterium by MIDI GC We have recently completed projects where we were asked to analyze for Mycobacterium. We were able to use our MIDI GC system with great success.
Microbiological - Mycotoxins We have a new test to offer our clients. We can perform total trichothecene mycotoxins produced from Stachybotrys using an ELISA procedure....
Microbiological - Mycotoxins in smokeless tobacco  A series of smokeless tobacco products; snus, moist, dry, and loose leaf were under some question as to whether they could become a source for...
MRSA Microbial Efficacy Testing A client needed independent, 3rd-party testing performed on their bipolar ionization/cold plasma system. They wanted to see the efficacy specifically...
Mystery Fish Disease Identified A university medical center was concerned that their fish and fish eggs used for research were infected with some type of white microbial organism....
Odorous Drywall - Chinese Drywall Syndrome Odorous drywall- AKA Chinese Drywall Syndrome   Chinese Drywall”, also called odorous gypsum wallboard, is an emerging issue in the IAQ...
Oxidation - Magnesium Oxide in Materials Magnesium (Mg) is a very active metal and fine Mg metal powders exposed to atmosphere will be oxidized to a certain degree.  However, the amount...
PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) DNA Sequencing - Bacteroides PCR is very busy these days at Cinnaminson. We recently were selected as a contract lab for one of the EPA Regions to analyze water samples for...
Plastics and Polymers - Patented Antimicrobial Compound An entrepreneur was in discussion with a Chinese company for the rights to market and sell their patented antimicrobial compound in...
Product Failure - Galvanized Coatings Metal is commonly coated with zinc (galvanized) to inhibit the formation of damaging rust. The thickness and uniformity of the coating can be the...
Product Testing - Counterfeiting Fraud A reputable company producing maintenance products for automobiles (metal polishing lotions, leather care) received complaints from their clients...
Product Testing - Light Transmission Through Glass A manufacturer of specialty glass containers needed to verify the effectiveness of coatings used to limit the transmission of light. The containers...
Product Testing - Transmission of Phthalates A US manufacturer of soft sided lunch pails requested EMSL to perform a saliva transfer study for phthalates.  EMSL utilized GC/MS analysis for...
Quality Assurance - Raw Materials Testing Many companies send the material used in the production of specialized products to EMSL for Quality Assurance.  For example; a major...
Raw Materials Testing - Mycotoxins Nivalenol and Aflatoxin B in malt for beverages - A major supplier of malt was concerned that a new source would not be able to meet their...
Raw Materials Testing - Nicotine and tobacco A Canadian importer was interested in verifying the label claim of a shipment of imported flavored molasses. The molasses matrix is very complex...
Raw Materials Testing - Red Dye A distributor of a Nutritional supplement wanted to get a beverage they were marketing tested for red dye#40 which is permitted in food and check for...
Raw Materials Testing - Stainless Steel One of our clients is receiving a stainless steel water bottle product from a manufacturer in China.  They are now being required to have...
Reddish Stains on White Marble Floor Tile A large beachfront resort recently installed expensive white marble floor tiles in several of their units as part of a renovation. Over time, large...
Research & Development - Allergen Study A university researcher contacted EMSL to help with a study they wanted to conduct. The researcher was studying intervention methods for different...
Rodent Droppings Have Been Analyzed by Detecting Rat-Mouse Specific DNA Rodent droppings can harbor pathogens and transmit them to humans. Sometimes it is hard to differentiate droppings from other materials or dirt....
Safety Harness Fails on the Jobsite A safety device, known as a fall limiter, is meant to reduce the stress on a person in the event of a fall. Under normal circumstances a 220 pound...
Shelf Life Study - Chemotherapy Drugs A large Pharmaceutical Manufacturer was interested in learning about their extended shelf-life of an injectable chemotherapy formulation. The main...
Sick Building Syndrome - Bacteria from Pigeons Respiratory problems were being experienced in a four-story post office building. EMSL requested air samples from the consultant hired to solve the...
Smoke Damage Testing - Poultry Protein on Furniture Poultry protein residue on home furniture after smoke damage - An issue after a fire was raised as to whether articles exposed were clean after a...
Soot and Carbon Black Sourcing: Sometimes It's Marijuana! EMSL examines several  cases of potential fire damage in residential areas. Many cases are from insurance claims trying to prove or disprove...
Stain on Walls One of our clients wanted to identify a stain on a wall.  The client suspected a beverage stain.  Through laboratory analysis, EMSL was...
Surface Analysis - Depth Profile Si3N4 has good oxidation resistance and hence potential in many applications where strong resistance to environment-accelerated oxidation is...
Suspected Blood Stains on Fried Shrimp Were Confirmed by DNA Analysis Fried food with tomato sauce is a common combination on restaurant menus. One day, our customer bought a box of fried shrimp and suspected that there...
Testing of Anti-Algae Manufactured Solutions A manufacturer of coatings approached EMSL to do independent testing on a new formulation they developed. The solution would be used to combat algae...
The Origin of a Bundle of Hairs in Dried Fruit Were Identified Foreign material contamination in food may be detected by visual examination. When foreign material is seen in food often the origin is investigated....
Unidentified Contamination on Magnetic Head of MAG Reader A Global magnetic card reader and printer manufacturer had received several complaints from one of his clients (one of the major national banks)...
Unknown Substance Identification One of our clients wanted us to identify an Unknown brown substance in white material.  Through laboratory analysis, EMSL was able to determine...
Vermiculite - Attic Insulation EMSL Analytical, Inc. has provided a client with analytical services for a consumer product study and an attic insulation study. EMSL has also...
Which Skillet is Best for Cooking? A manufacturer of skillets wanted to compare his product to the competition. Testing performed at EMSL revealed that there is a marked difference in...
White Residue Buildup During Shoe Manufacturing White Residue Buildup During Shoe Manufacturing A fashionable shoe company wanted to identify a white residue build up found on batches of their new...