Food Related Analyses

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.BELAC

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.


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Microbiological Food Safety

Analyses of microbiological food safety are performed to detect spoilage organisms, hygiene-indicators, pathogenic and toxin-producing bacteria.

Breeding ground for bacterial growth

Composition, Authenticity, Quality

Composition, heat load of foods and other parameters are tested. These determine the quality and properties of the foods in question.

Composition, authenticity, quality

Organoleptic Research

Taste, mouthfeel and texture of food products are evaluated by comparative tests or triangle tests.

Organoleptic research


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").

Real-time PCR


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).

Allergens of nuts and soy can be detected in all kinds of samples

In Vitro Screening en Gastro-Intestinal Simulations

Determination of antibacterial activity (MIC, MBC) of additives or organisms.

In vitro screening en gastro-intestinal simulations