Fayetteville, AR - - The Poultry Federation Board of Directors has selected Whitbeck Laboratories, Inc., as the provider for TPF lab work services, effective December 17, 2012. The announcement was made by Marvin Childers, President of The Poultry Federation. All Federation lab equipment currently housed in the Fayetteville facility will be relocated to Whitbeck Laboratories, Inc. in Springdale, located at 1000 Backus Avenue. Whitbeck Laboratories, Inc. is a commercial, private, independent laboratory and will continue to provide the services and testing performed by The Poultry Federation Lab. Gordon Whitbeck is President / Microbiologist at Whitbeck Laboratories, Inc, and is also President of Whitbeck Group, Inc, and A&A Laboratories, Inc.
“TPF members and lab customers should expect a seamless transition, without any interruption in services or changes in price, as they move from the Federation Lab to Whitbeck Lab,” stated Childers. “We are pleased that Whitbeck Laboratories, an Allied member of the Federation, will continue to provide laboratory services for our industry. We have operated a blood testing laboratory for over 50 years and it’s important that these services continue to be available to our association members and our industry members.”
According to Childers, the decision to transfer the Federation Lab to Whitbeck Labs came about after the departure of Dr. James Barton, TPF Lab Director. Dr. Barton has accepted a position with TPF Allied member, Pacific Vet Group. “Dr. Barton has been a valuable asset to our lab and our industry. His expertise and knowledge made him instrumental in upgrading our products and services. We wish him the best in his new endeavor,” stated Childers. “The good news for our customers is that Nikki Giurbino of the Federation Lab will be joining Whitbeck Labs in Springdale. Nikki is a NPIP certified lab technician and will play an important role in the transition of the two labs.”
The decision to move the laboratory was a difficult one to make, according to Childers. He credits many people in this important decision making process. The Executive Committee of the Board, including a special appointed Lab committee, and many company representatives provided advice and counsel, which guided the Board in making the final decision.
“We are equally as pleased to be the chosen laboratory to encompass the Federation lab services,” stated Whitbeck. “Customers can expect the same professional service and the same competitive pricing they received from the Federation Lab. I’ve been actively involved as a member of The Poultry Federation for more than 20 years and the opportunity to continue services to our industry as a private independent laboratory is important to our industry and will be equally as important to our company.”
Whitbeck Laboratories, Inc. will continue to offer the services of flock inspections, audits, sample packing and shipping. They will continue to procure and sell supplies that are of use to poultry farmers and will constantly research new services in an effort to meet the current and future needs of customers. In addition, Whitbeck Labs will continue to help reduce losses to farmers and processors by providing accountable, accessible, and accurate laboratory testing services to veterinarians and flock managers.
Whitbeck Laboratories, Inc. will continue to offer the testing services that the Federation Lab offered: Turkey ELISA Tests, Avian Influenza (AI), M. synoviae/M. gallisepticum (Combo), M. meleagridis (MM), M. gallisepticum (MG), M. synoviae (MS), Newcastle Disease (NCD), Hemorrhagic Enteritis Virus (HEV), B. avium, Ornithobacterium rhinotracheale (ORT). Other tests include: Newcastle HI Test, Paramyxovirus Type 3 (PMV3) HI, Avian Influenza (AI) AGID, and Avian Influenza (AI) Flu Detect.
In addition to the current testing offered by the Federation Lab, Whitbeck Laboratories, Inc. also offers environmental testing, egg pooling, feed and ingredient testing for Salmonella. Besides Salmonella testing, we offer complete microbiological testing including E. coli, total plate count, Campylobacter, yeast / mold count, Listeria and many more.
Complete analytical chemistry testing is available via A&A Laboratories, Inc. which is located at the same facility. A&A Labs is owned and operated by Gordon Whitbeck and is part of the Whitbeck Group. The unique pairing with A&A Labs allows for complete testing capability for the poultry industry at one location.
Whitbeck Labs will continue to offer the following supplies and services: shell vials and corks, leg bands, aluminum wing bands, brass wing bands, pliers, loops and handles, glass plates, stained pullorum antigen, and sample shipping.
The Whitbeck Group core is currently comprised of Whitbeck Laboratories, Inc. and A&A Laboratories, Inc. The combination of these two companies provides comprehensive services to global clients in the consumer products, food service, food production, veterinary, and animal feed industries.
Whitbeck Laboratories, Inc. is an organization that provides high quality microbial analyses for the global community. Established in 1978, by Gordon Whitbeck, the company’s capabilities have expanded to encompass food and product safety, as well as, veterinary diagnostic analysis needs. The company provides rapid turnaround time while maintaining the integrity of the highest testing standards. With the increasing need to ensure a safe food and product supply for consumers, the goal is to provide customers with the knowledge and assurance that their products are safe for general use or consumption.
A & A Laboratories, Inc. provides a broad spectrum of analytical expertise in the feed, food, forage, dairy, grain and other related industries. They utilize the methods of the AACC, AOAC, AOCS, and APHA in their analysis. They recognize the great importance for quality control and therefore participate in a program that includes reference standards, controls and extensive check sample programs to ensure quality analytical results are produced for clients.
In April of 2011, Whitbeck Laboratories, Inc. was officially recognized by the USDA NPIP (National Poultry Improvement Plan) as a provider of Salmonella culture testing, including Salmonella enteritidis (SE).
Effective December 17, 2012, all samples being delivered or mailed should be sent to Whitbeck Laboratories, Inc. located at 441 Reinert Drive, Springdale, AR 72764. Telephone: 479-756-9696 / 800-874-8195 Fax: 479-756-1271 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org