New Institute for Food Safety to Open in Netherlands
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.
All required documents were signed in Wageningen on 14 January 2019.
Unique knowledge institute
With the merger of the two organizations, the Netherlands will be welcoming a unique knowledge institute for food and feed safety. 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 (MZS), as well as play a role during environmental, poisoning and food contamination incidents. WFSR will also function as an international and European reference laboratory.
Owing to this joining of forces, the new institute will be able to further enhance its reputation as a world-class research centre.
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.
The merger was effected after a long and laborious process, part of which was the political decision made in June 2018 that was confirmed in a letter to parliament by the ministers of LNV and MZS.