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. 


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.