U.S. Department of Agriculture

Food Safety and Inspection Service Midwestern Laboratory

The new laboratory building will be part of a nationwide network of regulatory analytical laboratories to coordinate and conduct laboratory services in support of the USDA-Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS) public health mission.

The single-story, 83,000-sf building will consist of microbiology and chemistry laboratories, administrative offices, supply storage, processing area and large warehouse with adjacent loading docks.

  • Chemistry labs will allow for analyses of veterinary drugs, pesticides and environmental contaminants.
  • Microbiology labs will allow for analysis of foodborne pathogens, as well as whole genome DNA sequencing on positive isolates.
  • Administration areas will allow for overseeing testing, quality control, procurement and safety.

The facility location is particularly strategic, allowing FSIS proximity to the airport for sample receiving and shipping, and close to a university for recruitment.

The FSIS is the public health agency in the USDA responsible for protecting the public’s health by ensuring that meat, poultry and egg products are safe, wholesome and properly labeled.


St. Louis, Missouri


83,000 GSF


Program validation, laboratory planning and design


Hoefer Welker