UDAF Chemistry Division's Move to New Building on Hold Until January 2017
The new multi-agency laboratory building in Taylorsville will be completed and ready for move-in on Dec. 5, 2016. However, pending audits of the UDAF dairy lab program will delay the Chemistry Division's move for at least a month.
The first is a triennial FDA audit to re-certify the three dairy lab analysts and also to re-certify an analyst as a Laboratory Evaluation Officer (LEO). All analysts in the dairy lab are required to be FDA certified to perform dairy testing mandated by the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance. The LEO is responsible for conducting audits of dairy plant labs in Utah to certify analysts to conduct testing of dairy products produced or processed at those plants.
The second audit is a biennial evaluation to renew the dairy lab's ISO accreditation. ISO accreditation involves following rigorous testing and quality control standards that are internationally recognized. Accreditation allows the UDAF Dairy Lab's test results to be accepted internationally, including Federal and foreign governments.
The ISO audit will not happen until January. "We are trying to schedule the ISO audit for early January so that we can move to the new building after that (in January). Basically, we are trying to schedule the move around the ISO audit," said Dr. Weston Judd, director, UDAF chemistry division.