Microbiology

Microbiology

Wageningen Food Safety Research (WFSR) conducts indispensable research into the safety of our food. Every day we test products for the presence of pathogenic bacteria and viruses. Consider for example Salmonella or Campylobacter in chicken, or norovirus in oysters and on raspberries. In addition, we analyse our food for the presence of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. With our research, we provide support to the NVWA (Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority) among others.

Our expertises on microbiology and food safety


Working towards food safety in the Netherlands and Europe

But research at the Wageningen Food Safety Research goes beyond the testing of products for pathogens. Our in-depth research means that we extract more from the data that we generate. Over the years, we monitor trends to compare the genetic codes of pathogens. By this means, we look proactively for sources of infection, along with our partners, such as the NVWA, the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) and the GGD (Municipal Health Service). We also analyse bacteria for the pattern of their antimicrobial resistance, working in different ways towards food safety in the Netherlands and across Europe.

Hundreds of thousands of analyses every year

Wageningen Food Safety Research is the perfect partner for research into food safety. Every year, our research associates conduct hundreds of thousands of analyses. Our laboratories are moreover ISO 17025 accredited, ensuring that we can guarantee the quality of our research.

Microbiology and food safety

Read more about our four areas of expertise: Virology, Bacteriology, Genomics and Antimicrobial Resistance Research (AMR), what goes to make up these fields, and how we make a contribution through them to food safety.

Sign up and send bacterial isolates

If you have an arrangement to sign up and send bacterial isolates to Wageningen Food Safety Research, you can do so using this form.

Why choose Wageningen Food Safety Reseach

  • Laboratory and desk expertise
  • ISO17025 accredited research
  • From classical to molecular methods
  • Routine analysis and research
  • National Reference Laboratory (NRL)