Area 3 (‘Society’): Improve on-farm practices to enhance consumer acceptability and address societal challenges associated with animal welfare, product quality and safety, biodiversity and provision of ecosystem services
We intend to improve animal health by using natural products and so reduce the use of antibiotics. This will benefit animal production and reduce antibiotic resistance.
We have expertise on antibiotics residue analysis in various matrices, the use of natural products (herbs, clay minerals, organic acids, etc.), data analysis and animal trials.
We are looking for a consortium to contribute to, but are also interested to coordinate if complementary partners (especially from areas 1 (economics) and 2 (sustainability assessments)) would present themselves.
RIKILT is the food safety research organisation within Wageningen University and Research Centre (Netherlands). RIKILT - Institute of Food safety is an independent research organisation which carries out high-quality research into the detection, identification, functioning and effects of substances in animal feed and vegetables, animal and compound foodstuffs. RIKILT has high quality testing facilities and versatile, interdisciplinary expertise and equipment for analytics, toxicology, nanotechnology and –omics, and feed and food production chains. It carries out legislative and policy-supporting tasks for the Dutch government, national food safety authority and international bodies, including the European Commission and EFSA.
RIKILT is involved in the official monitoring of various residues and contaminants in food and feed and has been assigned as National reference laboratory (NRL) for dioxins/PCBs, PAHs, heavy metals, and mycotoxins and in other analyte/product domains. RIKILT participates in (inter)national scientific and normalisation committees (EU, ISO, EFSA, CODEX, WHO and many others) and is/was involved in many (inter)national projects in the field of feed and food safety.