The United Kingdom had a pepper problem of prodigious proportions.

submitted by: Clare Hovan
A 40,000-pound shipment of chili peppers was brought in from a foreign country, converted into food products, and then distributed far and wide. The government then discovered that the peppers contained Sudan Red, a dye that’s ok in furniture wax and floor polish, but hardly in food. The resulting food recall was one of the largest in history. Watch the video clip to see how Certified Laboratories helps prevent a repeat. Or view the entire video at www.waters.com/mitchell

Metabolic disorder: Find it early, save a child.

submitted by: Clare Hovan
Skipping across the playground. Trotting off to school. Flying kites in the park. The researchers at the Centre Hospital Universite De Sherbrooke (CHUS) in Quebec need not look far to see reminders of why their work is so important. Early detection of metabolic disorders in newborns offers a better chance for preventing such serious conditions as mental retardation, metabolic acidosis, even death. Listen to how the CHUS urine screening program has made a difference in helping Quebec’s...

Want to know what drugs are in a patient’s body? Doctors know not to ask the patient.

submitted by: Clare Hovan

How does a doctor determine whether a drug will work if he doesn’t know what other drugs the patient is taking? This perplexing question challenged Dominion Diagnostics, a laboratory specializing in urine drug testing and medication monitoring. Without knowing exactly what the medications are, the number of possible drug interactions is mind numbing. Questioning the patient is no guarantee of accuracy. View the video to find out how Dominion Diagnostics met this challenge.