TMLA Science Honor Society Visits FDA Labs

TMLA National Science Honor Society members discovered that an amazing array of innovative technology and equipment aids researchers in our Food and Drug Administration in carrying out their responsibility for protecting  public health.   Students recently visited the Food and Drug Administration regional office/laboratory facility at the York College campus and toured several labs with their teacher Mrs. Christina Makish and Mrs. Martha Rezin, chair of TMLA Science department. 

In addition to learning about the work of researchers, the student visit  included hands-on testing at the Pesticide Lab, where students were directed to test samples of fruit for pesticides and then to analyze the results. After preparing the specimens, students were shown machines that would provide analysis by separating layers of particles so that the levels of pesticides could easily be discerned. The process of testing is only part of the work of the FDA in safe-guarding our health and our food supply and making us aware of harmful pesticides.

When students visited the Metals Lab, they were given the opportunity to test for toxic heavy metals cadmium, mercury, lead and arsenic in colored powders. Results delighted and amazed the novice researchers. During their tour of the facility, students learned much from the fully functioning labs and researchers in them.  

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