Chemical food safety & quality from farm to fork

Farm to fork horizontaal

From a historical point of view the Laboratory of Chemical Analysis has more than 35 years of experience in the analysis of residues in matrices of animal origin. In recent years, this general sphere of activity has been expanded to emerging contaminants and bioactive food constituents within the farm to fork approach applicable for food safety and quality in the European Union. In this context, a broad spectrum of mass spectrometry based detection methods are developed, optimized and validated in collaboration with other research groups and universities at the national level and abroad. In particular targeted multi-compound approaches and untargeted metabolomic profiling and fingerprinting are developed and applied.

Ongoing projects

  • Measurable animal welfare - applicability of the REIMS technique for monitoring compliance with animal welfare requirements in pork (VLAIO): Anneleen Decloedt
  • Fermentomics: development of an integrative real-time metabolomics approach for the enhanced production of biochemicals: a case study for innovative biosurfactant molecules (FWO): Nicolas de Fooz
  • Implementing actinobacteria as a pathogen tailored biocontrol tool to reduce Fusarium graminaerum and its mycotoxins in wheat (FWO): Larissa De Troyer
  • Boosting the production of innovative bola amphiphiles by applying integrated comics analyses (FWO): Sven Dierickx
  • REDBOAR: Strategies for the processing of pig carcases with boar taint: Lieselot Hemeryck (Flanders' Food:

Finished projects

  • NEWSTEPHSPassive sampling and analysis of emerging organic micropollutants in the marine environment (Belspo): Francis Vanryckeghem - view PhD
  • NEWSTEPHS: Development and validation of high-resolution mass spectrometry-based approaches for active and passive sampling of emerging micropollutants in the marine environment (Belspo): Steve Huysman - view PhD
  • EDINCO: Microbial and chemical food safety risks during rearing of insects (FOD Public health): Ellen De Paepe
  • BOARLINE: Research into the rapid detection of boar taint at the slaughterline (Flemish Government dpt. Animal Welfare): Lieselot Hemeryck
  • DOSERESIST: Influence of dosage, administration route and intestinal health on antibacterial resistance selection in pig intestinal commensal flora and optimization of dosage regimen of selected antibacterial drugs (FOD Public health): Joren De Smet - view PhD 
  • Development of alternative methods for the detection of boar taint at the slaughter line (IWT): Kaat Verplanken - view PhD
  • LA TAINTLESSCompany-specific strategies for the reduction of boar taint (IWT)Jella Wauters
  • ZENDONCONVERT: Research into the conversion profile of the masked mycotoxins deoxynivalenol and zearalenone in the gastrointestinal tract of porcine and human (FOD Public health): Marthe De Boevre
  • Marine toxin profiling from native algae to seafood (BOF): Gabriel Orellana - view PhD
  • Plant phytohormonal profiling in relation to food safety and quality (anti-oxidant status, yield) (IWT): Lieven Van Meulebroek - view PhD
  • Multiresidue analysis of anabolic substances, veterinary drugs: comparison between different analytical platforms (Collaborative project): Julie Vanden Bussche
  • BOARVAL: Impact on the introduction of pig meat with boar taint on the perception of meat and meat products in Flanders: Jella Wauters (Flanders' Food:
  • (Masked) Alternaria mycotoxins in food commodities: incidence and influence of processing (FOD Volksgezondheid): Jeroen Walraevens - view PhD
  • Novel approaches for the detection of boar taint (IWT finished): Karen Bekaert - view PhD
  • INRAM: Micropollutant analysis in environmental matrices (water, biota, passive samplers)(BELSPO-SSD): Klaas Wille - view PhD