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2018
22 FEB

Invitation to Professor Rene Hendriksen’s inaugural lecture

Come to an inaugural lecture and learn how whole genome sequencing can be used in the global surveillance of infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance.

Bacteria and microorganisms Genes and genomes Food, fish and agriculture Food safety Health and diseases
2017
02 NOV

Hanna Johansson PhD thesis

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety Health and diseases
14 SEP

Novel way of identifying chemicals in paper and board packaging

A novel approach to identify problematic chemicals in food contact materials made from paper and board has been developed at the National Food Institute, Technical University...

Health and diseases Food, fish and agriculture Food safety
02 MAR

DTU share in EU recognition of four chemicals as endocrine disruptors

Following a proposal from Denmark, the EU in February 2017 decided to recognize four phthalates as human endocrine disruptors. The National Food Institute, Technical...

Food safety Health and diseases
26 JAN

Towards global surveillance of antimicrobial resistance

Analysis of waste water from 100 countries worldwide will be used to monitor the occurrence of antimicrobial resistance in up to half the world’s population. This is...

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety Health and diseases
2016
01 DEC

Foodborne salmonella infections in Denmark reach historic low

A record low number of foodborne salmonella cases were registered in Denmark in 2015. While travel remains the leading cause of salmonella infections, no cases have been...

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety Health and diseases
29 NOV

Monitoring antimicrobial use in Denmark important in the fight against resistance

Denmark has monitored the use of antimicrobials and the occurrence of antimicrobial resistance among animals, humans and foods for the past 20 years, making it possible...

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety Health and diseases
05 JUL

Special topic portal on chemicals’ harmful effects

Research carried out by the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, into the many thousands of chemical substances that people may be exposed, is contributing...

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety Health and diseases
29 JUN

Compounds in meat may be carcinogenic

Population studies indicate a possible link between intake of meat and cancer. Meat may contain carcinogens, but it is also an important nutritional source of iron. This...

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety Health and diseases
11 MAY

Invitation to Professor Tine Hald’s inaugural lecture

The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, is hosting Professor Tine Hald’s inaugural lecture on Friday 3 June 2016. Tine Hald will give a lecture on...

Bacteria and microorganisms Food, fish and agriculture Food safety Health and diseases
18 APR

Bisphenol A in low doses can affect the reproductive system and behaviour

If rats are exposed to bisphenol A in low doses during early development it can lead to reduced sperm count, obesity and changes to breast development and behaviour...

Food safety Health and diseases
20 JAN

Weight-loss supplements containing raspberry ketone may be harmful

If your trousers are feeling a little too tight post-Christmas and a weight-loss supplement seems tempting in an attempt to shed the extra weight, researchers from the...

Food, fish and agriculture Nutrition and dietary habits Food safety Computer calculations Mathematical modelling Health and diseases
18 JAN

Global figures for the burden of foodborne disease

Every year one in ten people around the world gets sick from food they eat and 420,000 die as a result. This is the finding of a report from the World Health Organization...

Bacteria and microorganisms Food, fish and agriculture Food safety Health and diseases
2015
15 SEP

Endocrine disrupters can affect breast development

Studies in rats indicate that endocrine disrupters can affect breast development in humans. Their effect on breast development can however be overlooked by current methods...

Food safety Health and diseases
28 AUG

Guidance value on fluorinated substances in food packaging

The Danish food authorities have introduced a guidance value on fluorinated substances in food packaging to reduce the use of these substances, which can be harmful to...

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety Health and diseases
02 JUN

Method provides more knowledge about harmful substances in food packaging

A new method for faster analysis of chemicals in paper and board food packaging materials has been developed in a PhD project at the National Food Institute, Technical...

Food safety Health and diseases Computer calculations
19 MAR

New knowledge strengthens risk assessment of chemical cocktails in food

Denmark's largest research project on chemical cocktail effects in food, spearheaded by the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, has just...

Food safety Health and diseases
18 MAR

Paper and board food packaging contains endocrine active chemicals

For paper and board food packaging only little regulation and legislation exists, and the composition of the packaging is in many cases unknown for the consumer and the...

Food safety Health and diseases
17 MAR

PhD defence on chemical compounds with unwanted health effects

National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, invites you to Kristine Grønning Kongsbak’s PhD defence on computational systems biology methods as a supplement...

Food safety Health and diseases Computer calculations
23 FEB

National Food Institute maintains its assessment of bisphenol A

After having examined the European Food Safety Authority, EFSA's new health assessment of bisphenol A, the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, maintains...

Food safety Health and diseases
2014
12 NOV

The real disease burden of foodborne infections

Campylobacter is the foodborne bacteria that contributes most to the burden of disease in Denmark. This is the finding of a study from the National Food Institute, Technical...

Food safety Bacteria and microorganisms Mathematical modelling Health and diseases
27 AUG

Leading scientists call for a stop to non-essential use of fluorochemicals

A number of leading international researchers, amongst others from the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, recommend that fluorochemicals are only...

Food quality Food safety Health and diseases
05 AUG

New methods to identify MRSA in pigs

It is important to keep the number of MRSA infections at a low level. In a PhD project at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, the latest technologies...

Food safety Production animals Health and diseases Biotechnology and biochemistry Genes and genomes
24 JUL

New methods of detecting Salmonella in pork meat processing

Infections caused by foodborne microorganisms are an increasing public health burden. In a PhD project at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark...

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety Food production Health and diseases Bacteria and microorganisms
10 JUL

Food-producing animals as a source of Salmonella in humans in the European Union

Part of the occurrence of Salmonella in humans comes from food-producing animals. A PhD project at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, estimates...

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety Production animals Health and diseases
13 JUN

More ESBL bacteria at farms with high consumption of antibiotics

There is a connection between previous consumption of cephalosporin antibiotics and the amount of ESBL bacteria in pigs. At the same time, there is an increased occurrence...

Bacteria and microorganisms Food, fish and agriculture Food safety Production animals Health and diseases
07 MAY

Breastfeeding promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut

The nutritional factor that has the greatest impact on the development of a child's gut flora is whether the child is breastfed, according to a new study by the National...

Food safety Nutrition and dietary habits Bacteria and microorganisms Health and diseases
07 APR

Study of five bisphenol A analogues

Bisphenol A, used in plastic packaging and paper, is suspected of having health-damaging effects in humans. The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark...

Food quality Food production Food safety Health and diseases
30 JAN

An alternative to phthalates is on its way

The harmful phthalates, which have been used as softeners in e.g. plastic toys and food packaging, will possibly be replaced by a plastic softener produced from sunflower...

Food safety Food technology Health and diseases
16 JAN

Effect of disinfectants on bacteria developing resistance

Biocides, e.g. disinfectants, are used to fight disease-causing bacteria in hospitals and in the food industry, as well as to fight pests and fungi. A PhD project at the...

Food safety Health and diseases
2013
20 DEC

Chemical mixtures - Challenges for research and risk assessment

On 10 and 11 December 2013 an international conference was held in Paris on the research and risk assessment challenges posed by chemical mixtures. The goal of these two...

Food safety Health and diseases
18 DEC

Faster diagnosis and treatment possible

Danish researchers from National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, DTU Systems Biology and Hvidovre Hospital have demonstrated how—within the space of a...

Food safety Bacteria and microorganisms Food, fish and agriculture Genes and genomes Health and diseases
09 DEC

Support to analyse chemical compounds’ harmful effects in humans

The new biotech company Saxocon offers companies direct access to the high-quality knowledge of researchers at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark...

Food quality Food safety Food technology Biotechnology and biochemistry Health and diseases Food, fish and agriculture Computer calculations
03 DEC

Exposure to chemical mixtures - challenges for research and risk assessment

Together, the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, ANSES, French Institute for Risk Assessment, and BfR, Germany's Federal Institute of Risk Assessment...

Food safety Health and diseases
27 OCT

Conference on endocrine disrupters

National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark invites as co-organizer to a international conference on challenges and risk assessment of simultaneous influence...

Food safety Health and diseases Food, fish and agriculture
23 OCT

Extensive use of fluorinated substances with potentially harmful effects

More and more scientific studies indicate that perfluorinated substances are carcinogenic or otherwise hazardous to health. In the Nordic countries, new per- and polyfluorinated...

Food safety Health and diseases Food, fish and agriculture
18 SEP

More and more Danes infected with MRSA bacteria

The increase in the number of Danes infected with MRSA bacteria continued in 2012, and the total number of those infected has almost doubled since 2009. The vast majority...

Food safety Bacteria and microorganisms Food, fish and agriculture Health and diseases
16 JUL

Invitation for an international workshop on fluorinated substances

The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, in its capacity as co-organiser, invites you to the international workshop on fluorinated compounds in materials...

Food safety Health and diseases Food, fish and agriculture
05 JUL

Pesticide residues in our diet Q1 2013

None of the pesticide residues detected in fruit, vegetables and corn constitute a health risk, show the results of the Danish pesticide control in Q1 2013 from the Danish...

Food safety Food, fish and agriculture Health and diseases
20 FEB

PhD defence on food enrichment

The National Food Institute invites to Henna Lu Fung Sieng’s PhD defence on the applicability of marine phospholipids intended for food enrichment. The defence takes place...

Nutrition and dietary habits Food safety Health-promoting compounds Food, fish and agriculture Food technology Health and diseases
30 JAN

Pesticide residues in our diet Q3 2012

None of the pesticide residues detected in fruit, vegetables and corn constitute a health risk, show the results of the Danish pesticide control in Q3 2012 from the Danish...

Food safety Food, fish and agriculture Health and diseases
14 JAN

European assessments of a GMO study

Several European institutions have evaluated the much spoken-about French study of the effect on rats’ consumption of genetically modified corn and the herbicide Roundup...

Food safety Health and diseases Food, fish and agriculture