Chemical food safety


In the screening laboratory for antibiotics, foodstuffs of animal origin and water can be screened using microbiological tests for the presence of inhibitory substances (mainly antibiotics and chemotherapeutics). Foods of animal origin can also be group specific analysed with immunological, Charm II- and receptor tests for the presence of residus of β-lactam antibiotics, tetracyclines, sulfonamides, streptomycins, macrolides & lincosamides, quinolones and chloramphenicol. Kiwis can also be immunologically screened for the presence of streptomycins.

Table analyses screening laboratory (PDF)


In the chromatographic laboratory, residues of veterinary drugs and contaminants are analysed in several matrices such as milk, eggs, meat, honey and feed. Analysis techniques such as liquid chromatography – fluoresence (LC-fluorescence), gas chromatography – mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and liquid chromatography - tandem mass spectrography (LC-MS/MS) are used for this purpose.

Table analyses chromatographic laboratory (PDF)


Screening laboratory: Wim Reybroeck, Sigrid Ooghe
Chromatographic laboratory: Els Daeseleire