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Bureau of State Laboratory Services

Centennial Celebration

Arizona State Public Health Laboratory Turns 100 in May 2012.

The Arizona State Public Health Laboratory (ASPHL) is turning 100 years in May 2012. As part of the anniversary celebration, a history of the laboratory from the early 1900s to the present will be posted over the next few months on our website.

The Counts Years - 1975 to 1990

  • 1975 - A new laboratory is constructed in Phoenix at 1520 W. Adams. The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by Governor Raul Castro.
  • 1978 to 1980 - The State Health Laboratory found high levels of mycotoxin and aflatoxin in milk samples. In addition there were concerns about milk being sold with DDT and toxaphene. The clinical microbiological testing continued to increase during this time frame and the laboratory data helped to show an association between Rye's syndrome and influenza A.
  • 1981 to 1983 - During this time, the laboratory found high levels of trichloroethylene (TCE) in wells around the Tucson International Airport, leading to further testing and closing of wells contaminated to protect public health. And Salmonella was found in raw milk products. The Flagstaff regional laboratory moved from the Coconino County Court House to another county facility shared with the Medical Examiner's Office. In 1982, a mobile laboratory was added to assist with needed testing around the state, including defoliants in children and coliform bacteria in wells and rivers.
  • 1984 - The State Health Laboratory tested for a variety of contaminants related to public health emergencies during this time. The list included: aspartame, aflatoxin in milk, EDB in fruits and vegetables and grain products, DBCP and TCE in water, contaminated bulf food supplies, pesticide contamination of Mexican products and wildlife, toxaphene, DDT and DDE contamination of milk, Salmonella in milk, asbestos, encephalitis, hysteria contagion in schools, sulfites in food, hepatitis, giardiasis, salmonellosis and shigellosis.

Read more about the Crecelius Years at the Arizona State Public Health Laboratory in Chapter 3.

Arizona State Public Health Laboratory Celebrates 100 Years

Note: Information provided in PDF files.