BAL’s Ecological Microbiology capabilities include analysis for mold and raw sewage contamination. We deliver accurate information in a timely manner that helps identify operational problems, anticipate areas of concern, and institute practical controls associated with food safety and quality risks.
Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. Molds gradually destroy the things they grow on.
All molds have the potential to cause health effects. Molds can produce allergens that can trigger allergic reactions or even asthma attacks in people allergic to mold. Others are known to produce potent toxins and/or irritants. Potential health concerns are an important reason to prevent mold growth and to remediate/clean up any existing indoor mold growth.
All raw sewage is contaminated with microbes, including bacteria, protozoans, molds/fungi and viruses. Many of these are pathogenic to humans. Microbes from this source can cause many diseases, including Cholera, Typhoid, Hepatitis, and numerous other illnesses.
Any contact with contaminated water or surfaces can lead to contamination of the skin and subsequent transfer to the mouth or open wounds. During and after the drying out process infections may occur through the inhalation of microbes contaminating aerosols and airborne dusts. Microbial sampling of suspect surfaces for E. coli and fecal bacteria is recommended. There is a potential health risk when present, as other pathogenic species may also be present.
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