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Paracel Laboratories Ltd. was founded in 1985 to study and develop new methodologies for the determination of fungal toxins in cereal grains. This research led to the development of economical and efficient analytical methods for the accurate detection of these toxins at trace levels. Some of the methods that Paracel developed for the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE) in the late 1980’s became the standard for Ontario. In 1990, the MOE awarded Paracel their Award for Excellence in Research of Analytical Methods for their development.

During the late 1980’s, Paracel also developed a full service environmental laboratory equipped with modern analytical instruments and a completely integrated Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). Paracel continued to expand their scope and further developed into a state-of-the-art microbiological indoor air quality (IAQ) laboratory capable of isolating and identifying fungal contaminants to the species level. Since 1996, we have been analyzing various matrices such as air, building materials, surface swabs and dust samples for fungal and bacterial components as well as allergen analysis.