Wageningen Food Safety Research investigates samples for a wide range of issues, which cover various levels of identification. The boundary of microscopic research lies between visual inspection and instrumental research. At Wageningen Food Safety Research microscopic research is primarily used to address questions regarding authentication and identification.

Both low-magnification (10x-40x) and compound (100-400x) microscopes are used in our labs. Various kinds of colour reactions and illuminations are applied to make specific details or aspects visible.


Important applications of microscopic research include:

  • Inspecting animal feed for banned animal proteins
  • Inspecting the composition different types of milk powder and milk replacer feed
  • Inspecting mixed feed for compliance with the open declaration
  • Inspecting feed for banned admixtures (poisonous weed seeds, packaging material)
  • Conducting import regulations related product screenings
  • Ascertaining the tissue damage caused by the use of banned veterinary drugs and growth accelerants (histology).

Experienced researchers

One essential aspect of microscopic research is the assessment of microscopic images by experienced researchers. The researchers at Wageningen Food Safety Research have a high level of expertise, giving Wageningen Food Safety Research a unique position in Europe. Additionally, Wageningen Food Safety Research has invested significantly in knowledge-based systems for collecting, structuring and disseminating expertise. We also offer training and e-learning courses.