Quality control is an important element in the constant pursuit of integrated and sustainable quality assurance in animal and human nutrition. This covers several aspects:
- Monitoring of the biological and chemical quality of the marine environment and habitat.
- Determination of contaminants within the framework of fisheries-related environmental management.
- Composition and product quality of fish and cattle feeds.
- Composition of animal end-products, such as eggs, milk, and meat, plus fisheries and aquaculture products.
Accurate and reliable analyses are extremely important for the governmental bodies in charge of policy as well as the fish and cattle feed industry, private aquaculturists and animal farmers. For this reason, the ILVO Animal Sciences Unit has grouped all its testing laboratories into the ANIMALAB, short for the Animal Marine Laboratory. Each of these laboratories works according to the criteria of the NBN EN ISO/IEC 17025 standard. This standard, and the more general Belgian accreditation system (‘BELAC’), gives laboratories, certification institutions and the inspecting organisation the opportunity to demonstrate their expertise and gain credibility at the national and international levels. The scope of these accredited analyses can be consulted on the BELAC website under certificate number T-315.
Intermediate products (incubation residues, intestinal fluid)
Animal trials by code of ethics and transparent
Excretion products (faeces, urine)
Animal-related end-products (egg, milk, meat)
Marine environment (fishing gear, seawater)