Consumer Microbiology

The Consumer Microbiology Team of the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) tests:

  • Drinking water
  • Food and shellfish
  • Milk and dairy products

Drinking Water
Tests drinking water for:

  • public water systems (cities, etc.)
  • individuals with private wells
Photo of Consumer Microbiology Analysts testing bay water samples for the presence of Fecal Coliforms.

Food and Shellfish
Tests food and shellfish:

  • for regulatory purposes
  • to insure safe food for public consumption
  • in the case of a food borne outbreak

Also participates in:

Milk and Dairy
Tests milk and dairy products

  • as part of a national regulatory program
  • as the result of complaints: implicated product is submitted by the Milk Group

Regulatory Agencies
Drinking water is regulated by:

Food and shellfish testing and Milk and Dairy testing are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

For more information about these regulatory agences, refer to the Consumer Microbiology Links page.


Note: External links to other sites are intended to be informational and do not have the endorsement of the Texas Department of State Health Services. These sites may also not be accessible to people with disabilities.



Last updated July 21, 2021