The expertise and services of ILVO’s labs are available to members of the entire food production chain, from primary production to the food processing industry. Several of our lab analyses are BELAC-accredited.
Chemical Food Safety
Analyses for the presence of residues of veterinary drugs (e.g. antibiotics, chemotherapeutics, anthelmintics, anti-inflammatories, etc.) and contaminants (e.g. mycotoxins) are performed by means of screening methods (microbiological, immunological and receptor tests) and/or chromatographic methods (liquid chromatography - tandem mass spectrography (LC-MS/MS), liquid chromatography – fluoresence (LC-fluorescence), gas chromatography – mass spectrometry (GC-MS)). These analyses are done primarily in foodstuffs of animal origin.
Microbiological Food Safety
Analyses of microbiological food safety are performed to detect spoilage organisms, hygiene-indicators, pathogenic and toxin-producing bacteria.
Composition, Authenticity, Quality
Composition, heat load of foods and other parameters are tested. These determine the quality and properties of the foods in question.
Taste, mouthfeel and texture of food products are evaluated by comparative tests or triangle tests.
Food and feed samples are analysed for the presence of genetically modified organisms (GMOs "screening"), kind/type of GMOs ("identification") as well as the relative content of the GMOs events per ingredient ("quantification").
Food allergens of plant origin (e.g. soy, nuts, mustard, etc.) and animal origin (e.g. milk, eggs, fish & shellfish, etc) can be detected in all kinds of samples. The detection of these foods is based on PCR (polymerase chain reaction) and/or ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay).
In Vitro Screening en Gastro-Intestinal Simulations
Determination of antibacterial activity (MIC, MBC) of additives or organisms.