After an unsuccessful pursuit of a budgetary increase, the decision has been made to close the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory Systems' Fresno facility, effective July 19, according to the CAHFS Web site.

The lab, which operates out of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in partnership with the CDFA and poultry producers, diagnoses mainly avian diseases.

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Some of the testing performed at Fresno will be redistributed throughout the other four CAHFS laboratories: Davis, Turlock, Tulare and San Bernardino. The remaining services will be outsourced to qualified laboratories throughout the U.S., according to CAHFS.