Based in San Antonio at Fort Sam Houston, the DoD Food Analysis and Diagnostic Laboratory (FADL) is primarily charged with protecting US Service Members by ensuring food safety, fitness for consumption, and contractual compliance through microbiological, chemical, and toxicological testing of food and bottled water. The lab performs zoonotic and diagnostic testing of animal and human serum samples, including Coggins testing for equine infectious anemia. The lab requires .5-1.0 ml serum samples for either ELISA or AGID testing.
As a government-run safety and regulatory institution, the FADL is used by veterinarians, animal and public health researchers, and other relevant parties who are charged with monitoring, studying, and controlling animal diseases. Their mission is to provide innovative, adaptive, timely and accurate testing of all food, water, and diagnostic submissions for DoD from a highly efficient and accredited institution. The DoD FADL is comprised of four testing sections (Chemistry, Cholinesterase, Diagnostics, and Microbiology) and two administrative sections (Quality Assurance and FieldTechnical Support). View a full list of tests from the FADL.
Their normal hours of operation are 7am – 4pm CST Monday through Friday. Closed weekends and holidays. Authorized parties can find shipping labels for Coggins samples and other Category B Biological Substances.