RIKILT Wageningen University & Research and the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA)’s Laboratory for Food and Feed Safety will merge into a new institute effective 1 June 2019.
This institute will be called Wageningen Food Safety Research (WFSR) and will be part of Wageningen University & Research. WFSR will also function as an international and European reference laboratory.
According to RIKILT and NVWA, the new institute can carry out lab work for the NVWA and the Dutch central government in a more effective and knowledge intensive manner. “This merger will benefit our knowledge in the area of food and feed safety, as well as our knowledge of food fraud.”
Wageningen Food Safety Research is to act as an important resource during incidents and crises that affect the NVWA, the ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV) and the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS), as well as play a role during environmental, poisoning and food contamination incidents.
RIKILT (230 employees) and the Laboratory for Food and Feed Safety (130 employees) are located in the same building and have been working closely together for some time already.