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Lab Sample Submission Manual:
Ready To Eat, Native Style Smoked Fish, and Shelf Stable Testing
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Test Method
Minimum Sample Size

Ready- to-Eat Microbiology

Includes Listeria monocytogenes,Salmonella spp, and fecal coliform/E. coli.

8 ounces
0.5 pounds
227 grams

Native Style Smoked Fish

Includes Staphylocuccus Aureus, fecal coliform/E. coli, Listeria monocytogenes, and Samonella spp.

Decomposition analysis (requires separate sample)


8 ounces
0.5 pounds
227 grams

Shelf Stable Testing Program

Includes Water Activity and Water Phase Salt

8 ounces
0.5 pounds
227 grams

Sample Packaging & Preservation Guidelines

Several inexpensive options exist for packing your laboratory samples in a manner that guarantees your samples will arrive in optimal condition for testing. EHL receives many samples that are needlessly destroyed or made unsuitable for testing because of poor packaging or improper preservation.

Good Example Of The Proper Way To Prepare A Shipment


Obtain an insulated container, with sufficient room to accommodate your samples and enough gel ice to maintain temperature during shipment.


Package the sample(s) in the container. Add packing material to minimize shifting of samples and gel ice during shipment.


Close the inner container and place the completed Food Sample Collection Report on top in a sealed Ziploc® bag.


Seal container,label and ship via overnight mail, courier, or Goldstreak.


  • Proper documentation necessary to ensure prompt processing of your samples.
  • Clearly print or type the sample submission form so that it is fully legible to our staff.
  • Each sample must be clearly labeled, and have a unique Sample number.
  • Check that the lot # of the sample packaging matches your submission paperwork.
  • Indicate the process, product form, and packaging type for your sample in your submission paperwork.
  • Samples received without proper documentation may be rejected.

Shipping and Notification

Sample must be received by the Friday before your testing is scheduled. Ship samples via overnight mail, FedEx overnight, or Goldstreak to:

State of Alaska
Environmental Health Laboratory
5251 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99507
ATTN: Eagle Express Courier

Contact the EHL Sample Receiving department at 907-375-8231 or via email at immediately upon shipment of samples. Please include waybill number.

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