DoD Food Analysis and Diagnostic Laboratory (FADL)

Last Updated: March 08, 2023
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The DoD’s premiere Food Analysis and Diagnostic Laboratory (FADL) protects U.S. Service Members and their Families by ensuring food safety, food fitness for consumption, and contractual compliance through microbiological, chemical, and toxicological testing of food and bottled water. The lab also performs diagnostic testing of  human and animal sera for Rabies. In addition, FADL also performs testing for Brucellosis, Ehrlichiosis, Lyme Disease, and other vector-borne and zoonotic diseases.  The FADL is home to the DoD Cholinesterase Monitoring Program and Reference Laboratory offering occupational health screening for Federal Employees.  Our staff of subject matter experts provide technical expertise to the DoD on integrating laboratory testing and food safety into science-based inspection systems and work with the U.S. Army MEDCoE to identify capability gaps in food protection missions, ensuring future developed systems provide safe sustenance to our Warfighters.

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The DOD FADL complies with Association of Official Analytical Collaboration (AOAC) International Guidelines for Laboratories Performing Microbiological and Chemical Analyses of Food, Dietary Supplements, Pharmaceuticals and performs sample analyses under ISO 15189/CLIPExternal Link and ISO 17025:2012External Link​ standards. Please visit the following links for scopes covered under ISO 15189:2012/CLIPExternal Link​ and ISO 17025:2012External Link


Provide premier Force Health Protection through innovative, adaptive, timely and accurate testing of all food, water, and diagnostic submissions for DoD through a highly efficient and accredited institution now and in the future.

The DoD FADL is currently comprised of four testing sections: Chemistry, Cholinesterase, Diagnostic, and Microbiology; and two administrative sections: Quality Assurance and Field Technical Support.

For information regarding food or water testing, contact the Field Technical Support Section.
For information regarding government owned animals or rabies testing, contact the Diagnostic Section.
Information regarding Fluorescent Antibody Virus Neutralization (FAVN) testing is under Pet Travel Requirements.

Hours of Operation:

07:00 AM - 4:00 PM Central Standard Time Monday-Friday
CLOSED Weekends & Holidays

Questions concerning importation of pets and high-risk countries for dog rabies please visit the links below:

Traveling with Pets​External Link

High-Risk Countries for Dog Rabies​External Link

Contact Information:

FAVN questions: 210-295-4387/4010/4605 (DSN: 421)​
Fax:  210-635-1025
Email Us​
Alternate Email​​​​

Diagnostic office
Phone:   210-295-4736 (DSN:  421)​
Email the Diagnostic Office​

Food Protection
Phone: 210-295-4708/4210/4783 (DSN:  421)
Fax:  210-295-4612
Email Food Protection

DoDFADL SARS-CoV2-Survelliance Testing
DODFADL SARS-CoV-2 Surveillance Testing Hotline: 210-778-9511
DoDFADL SARS-CoV2-Survelliance Testing Email 

For food and water samples:

DoD Food Analysis and Diagnostic Laboratory
Attn: Food Receiving
2899 Schofield Rd., Suite 2630
JBSA Ft Sam Houston, TX 78234-7583
Sample Receiving: 210-295-4210/4708/4219

For diagnostic samples (FAVN, MWD, etc.):

DoD Food Analysis and Diagnostic Laboratory
Attn: Diagnostic Receiving
2899 Schofield Rd., Suite 2630
diagnostic testing.
JBSA Ft Sam Houston, TX 78234-7583
Sample receiving area: 210-295-4605

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