About Wageningen Food Safety Research

Wageningen Food Safety Research conducts high-quality independent research into safe and reliable food. We work mainly for the Dutch government and our main clients are the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality and the The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA).

Detecting harmful substances and contamination

We measure residues, toxins, contaminants and microbial and viral contamination in food and feed.

Our job is to contribute to risk assessments, monitor trends in the food production chain, identify new risks, verify food for authenticity and conduct forensics.

Reference laboratory and training activities

In addition, WFSR is a national and European reference laboratory and we provide a wide range of training activities.

Statutory Research Tasks (WOT)

WFSR performs Legal Research Tasks for the Dutch government. Based on national and international legislation and regulations, the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality must perform tasks in the field of food safety. This includes investigation, supervision and enforcement. WFSR helps the government with analyses, expertise and facilities. These are called Statutory Research Tasks.

History Wageningen Food Safety Research

Wageningen Food Safety Research is a merger of RIKILT Wageningen University & Research and the Laboratory for Feed and Food Safety of the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA). The institute is part of Wageningen University & Research and started on 1 June 2019.

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