Institute :
Institute of Food Safety (RIKILT)
NL -

Units :
  • Institute of Food Safety
  • (RIKILT)
    Staff :
  • Dr
  • Jacob DE JONG (Senior scientist)
  • Dr
  • Dr
  • Henk AARTS
  • Victor PINCKAERS

    Description of Institute of Food Safety :

    The Institute for Food Safety (RIKILT) conducts research to assure that agricultural products and foods are safe, healthy and of good quality. RIKILT has set up a microscopic database containing images of ingredients of animal feeds. RIKILT, in close cooperation with the University of Utrecht, has developed a ruminant-specific PCR test for use in feedingstuffs containing meat-and-bone meal. RIKILT, as a centre of excellence in the field of NIR-applications, is actively involved in the development of rapid and non-destructive analytical methods. RIKILT is the Dutch official control laboratory for agricultural products, including feedingstuffs. Among other things this means that feedingstuffs are analysed for meat-and-bone meal (annual number: ca. 1500). Since long, RIKILT is also actively participating in the harmonisation of methods of analysis for feedingstuffs (EU, ISO, CEN).

    Capacity to provide contribution to the project.

    • Laboratories equipped for microscopical analysis of feedingstuffs.
    • Laboratories equipped for molecular microbiological analyses (Automatic Laser Fluorescent Analysis of AFLP-fingerprints, equipped for PCR, NASBA and other molecular detection methods) and for recombinant DNA technology.
    • Laboratory equipped for NIR-spectroscopy for qualifying raw materials and finished products (InfraAnalyzer-450, 500 and a NIRSystem-6500 equipped with an optical bench and fibre optics)
    • Facilities and expertise for development of computer based expert systems.

    Role :
  • Classical microscopy method : Coordination of the workpackage and co-production of the microscopic images.
  • PCR method : Testing the extent of reliable PCR detection of several DNA targets from MBM that followed well-defined heat treatments.
  • NIR Spectroscopy method : Construction of spectral libraries and interlaboratory results comparison.
  • Expert system development : Construction of an expert system for the differentiation of feedingstuff compounds.

  • Relevant Publications in the field of BSE :

    Author(s) : Dóka, O., Bicanic, D., Goeleman, J., Gerkema, E. and Frankhuizen, R.
    Title : Monitoring the severity of the heat treatment in pressure toasted peas and soybeans by means of the photoacoustic and NIR reflectance spectroscopies.
    Publication year :

    Author(s) : Voehringer,H.
    Title : Die Mikroskopische Untersuchung von Fischmehlen auf Echtheid und Reinheit
    Publication year : 1958

    Author(s) : Vazquez, A.W.
    Title : Principles of food analysis for filth, decomposition and foreign matter - Hairs
    Publication year : 1981

    Author(s) : Aarts, H.J.M., Van Hoef, A.M.A., de Jong, J., Buntjer, J.B. and Lenstra, J.A.
    Title : Optimisation and validation of a ruminant-specific PCR test for use in meat-and-bone meal and feeding stuffs containing meat-and-bone meal.
    Publication year : 1998

    Author(s) : Aarts, H.J.M., van Lith, L.A.J.T. and Keijer, J.
    Title : High-Resolution Genotyping of Salmonella Strains by AFLP-fingerprinting.
    Publication year : 1998

    Author(s) : Frankhuizen, R.
    Title : Detection of meat and bone meal in feedingstuffs for ruminants using Near Infrared Spectroscopy.
    Publication year : 1998

    Author(s) : Aarts, H.J.M. and Keijer, J.
    Title : Molecular Microbial Ecology Manual .
    Publication year : 1999

    Author(s) : Savelkoul, P.H.M., Aarts, H., Duim, B., Dijkshoorn, L., de Haas, J., Otsen, M. , Rademaker, J., Schouls, L. and Lenstra, H.
    Title : Amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) : The state of an art.
    Publication year : 1999

    Author(s) : Aarts, H.J.M., Hakemulder, L.E. and Van Hoef, A.M.A.
    Title : Genomic Typing of Listeria monocytogenes Strains by Automated Laser Fluorescence Analysis of AFLP fingerprint patterns.
    Publication year : 1999

    Author(s) : Gibkes, J., Bicanic, D., Cozijnen, J., Frankhuizen, R., Koehorst, R., Dóka, O. and Jalink, H.
    Title : Detection of changes induced in margarine exposed to air and to low level UV radiation : an intercomparison study.
    Publication year : 1999

    Author(s) : Dóka, O., Bicanic D. and Frankhuizen R.
    Title : Photoacoustic study of heated binary mixtures containing whey and skimmed-milk powders.
    Publication year : 1999

    Author(s) : Van der Voet, H., de Jong, J. and Pinckaers, V.G.Z.
    Title : Reliability and repeatability of the microscopic method for the determination of meat and bone meal in feedingstuffs.
    Publication year : 1999

    Author(s) : de Jong, J., Keukens, H.J., Thalmann, A., Michels, K., Stoisser, B., Towell, D., Hofmann, P. , Brambilla, G. and de Froidmont-Görtz
    Title : Development and validation of HPLC methods for coccidiostats, growth promoters and antibiotics in feed : results of an on-going European Union project.
    Publication year : 1999

    Author(s) : Raamsdonk, L.W.D.and van der Voet, H.
    Title : A ring trial for the detection of animal tissues in feeds in the presence of fish meal.
    Publication year : 2003

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