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Consumer and Industry Services Division

Laboratory Technician running testsThe Consumer and Industry Services Division monitors a diverse range of materials, products and services to assure quality, consumer protection, public safety and a fair marketplace.

The division works to control animal diseases. Accomplishments include the complete eradication of bovine brucellosis and tuberculosis, swine brucellosis and pseudorabies and a reduction in the incidence of equine infectious anemia.

Nursery, greenhouse and plant dealer certification ensures healthy pest-free plant material in interstate and international trade. Consumer and Industry Services registers pesticides, certifies applicators, monitors groundwater quality and inspects pest control businesses. The division also monitors the quality and safety of feeds, seeds and fertilizers.

Ensuring a safe food supply, the division inspects dairy farms, plants, milk transport trucks, dairy and trade product distributors and milk samplers and registers dairy products. The division also licenses and inspects retail food stores, food manufacturers, warehouses and distributors. Other responsibilities include enforcing bottled water regulations, performing custom slaughterhouse inspections, hazardous substance inspections and labeling and enforcing state laws prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to minors.

The Weights and Measures section works to ensure citizens get what they pay for by testing devices such as fuel pumps, scales and liquid propane gas meters for accuracy. Inspections are also made for net quantity on packaged products and for the accuracy of price verification systems. The state metrologist ensures the accuracy of mass and volume standards. Truth in labeling is also verified for fuel quality standards.

TDA's laboratory supports many programs through animal diagnostics, food microbiology, toxicology, food residue, environmental monitoring and quality assurance for agricultural inputs such as feed, seed and fertilizer.