Georgia poultry producers are making plans to begin construction on a new, $11.2 million laboratory that will replace the current 50 year-old facility.

The design of the new facility will be larger than the old, and will take into consideration the flow of samples to avoid cross-contamination as well as the laboratory's function of export certification. "We need a lab that's going to be able to handle the expanded volume, the even more complex diagnostic requirements, and we need a lab that will also continue to be a vital part of our biosecurity," said Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. 

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The lab will also take visitors into account, providing viewing mezzanines and platforms for people to watch testing going on, instead of visitors being in the testing areas.