Health and food safety

A cocoa-based sports-nutrition bar for smooth blood vessels. A snack with less salt and healthier fatty-acid composition. Or a drink with fibers that support the immune system. Manufacturers of food and food ingredients are aiming for a leading role in health and sustainability. Wageningen Food & Biobased Research helps producers to substantiate the health effects and ensure the safety of both existing and new foods.

Revealing working mechanisms

"How can I be certain that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will approve my product health-claim statement?" "May I indicate on the packaging that a snack contains less salt than its predecessor? “Will EFSA accept this new source of protein as a novel food?" Manufacturers who want to launch a new or improved product on the market face a range of challenging questions. We help them to demonstrate the mechanisms and effects of ingredients and foods and to evaluate them in terms of legal frameworks.

Scientific and applied research

Wageningen Food & Biobased Research supports companies throughout the entire development process, from the selection of ingredients to submitting product health claims. Companies can contact us for advice, for literature support and for experimental research.

Using a unique multidisciplinary approach that combines scientific depth with practical insights, we make various disciplines applicable to our customers, from food chemistry, molecular biology and microbiology, to toxicology and nutrition research.

Wageningen University & Research and its partners have conducted more than 100 dietary intervention studies during the last 10 years.

Contract research and research programs

Wageningen Food & Biobased Research supports clients primarily through one-on-one contract research. Companies can also participate in various public-private partnerships and European research programs through us. We are ready to discuss the best approach for your organization, taking into account the stage of product development you are in.