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2018
01 MAR

DTU to expand its scientific advice to the EU on chemicals in food

The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, has been appointed EU Reference Laboratory in the fields of processing contaminants in food as well as metals...

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety
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
02 JAN

Danish input into U.S. roadmap to reduce antimicrobial use

A new policy roadmap aimed at reducing the U.S. farming sector’s use of antimicrobials vital to treating sick humans, draws on Denmark’s experience in this area.

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety Bacteria and microorganisms Genes and genomes
2017
13 DEC

Chicken still main source of campylobacter infections in Denmark

Almost half of all campylobacter infections in Denmark are caused by consumption of domestic chicken meat, but dogs and contaminated seawater also cause a smaller proportion...

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety
21 NOV

Prize awarded for battle against global food challenges

On Monday 20 November, Frank Møller Aarestrup received the Nils Foss Excellence Prize 2017 for his groundbreaking research within the field of antimicrobial resistance...

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

Hanna Johansson PhD thesis

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

Prize for innovative food research on the way to DTU

On 20 November 2017, the Nils Foss Excellence Prize will be awarded to an internationally recognized researcher for achievement within food science innovation and research...

Genes and genomes Food, fish and agriculture Food safety
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
06 JUL

Disease burden of congenital toxoplasmosis in Denmark quantified

Congenital toxoplasmosis – an infection passed on from mother to fetus – has a high disease burden per case. However, only a relatively small number of cases occur each...

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety
21 MAR

Detecting salmonella in pork meat twice as fast

A new method developed at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, halves the time it takes slaughterhouses to test for disease-causing salmonella...

Food, fish and agriculture Bacteria and microorganisms 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
30 NOV

Combating disease-causing microorganisms for decades

Denmark has a high level of food safety, yet every year disease-causing microorganisms in food cause illness in a significant number of Danes. For more than 30 years...

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety Bacteria and microorganisms Genes and genomes
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
23 AUG

WHO recognizes the National Food Institute's genomics research

The World Health Organization, WHO, has appointed the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, as its first ever Collaborating Centre for Genomics. As...

Bacteria and microorganisms Genes and genomes Food, fish and agriculture Food safety
11 AUG

Better data on the occurrence of resistant bacteria in Europe

National reference laboratories in EU’s member states have improved their ability to determine the occurrence of resistance in different bacterial species. The National...

Bacteria and microorganisms Food safety
09 AUG

Special topic portal highlights fight against antimicrobial resistance

Denmark's experience in reducing antimicrobial consumption and resistance over the past 20 years is often highlighted as a good example around the world. The National...

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety Bacteria and microorganisms Genes and genomes
20 JUL

Danish expertise makes African camel milk safer

Danish expertise in milk production and food safety is being put to good use in a Danish development project, which aims to make African camel milk safer to drink and...

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety Food production
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
07 JUN

Robust data an important weapon in fight against antimicrobial resistance

Robust data on both antimicrobial use and resistance is a crucial weapon in the fight against resistant bacteria. In Denmark this realization led to the establishment...

Food, fish and agriculture Bacteria and microorganisms Food safety Food production
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
11 APR

Facts about inorganic arsenic in food

Inorganic arsenic is carcinogenic according to the World Health Organization, WHO. Rice and rice products are a significant source of inorganic arsenic in Denmark and...

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety
30 MAR

Risk-benefit assessment: How healthy is our food?

Food affects your health, but to what extent particular foods are good or bad is often not clear. Therefore, it is relevant to do a scientific risk-benefit assessment...

Food, fish and agriculture Nutrition and dietary habits Food safety
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
09 DEC

Research to close knowledge gaps on burden of disease

Official statistics on foodborne diseases only show the tip of the iceberg because only a few of the people who get sick from something they have eaten go to see a doctor...

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety
23 NOV

Companies are given new tool to check for harmful chemical substances

New database containing more than 600,000 chemical structures gives companies a unique opportunity to quickly get an overview of the harmful effects associated with substances...

Biological systems Food safety Computer calculations
10 NOV

Invitation to Professor Jørn Smedsgaard’s inaugural lecture

The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, is hosting Professor Jørn Smedsgaard’s inaugural lecture on Friday 4 December 2015. Jørn Smedsgaard will...

Food safety
20 OCT

Considerably fewer resistant bacteria in broiler meat

Considerably fewer resistant ESBL bacteria were found in Danish and imported broiler meat in 2014 compared with the year before. It is the second consecutive year that...

Bacteria and microorganisms Food, fish and agriculture Food safety
08 OCT

Decrease in antimicrobial use in animals in Denmark

Antimicrobial use in animals has decreased in 2014 due mainly to decreased consumption in the pig production. In general very little of the critically important antimicrobials...

Bacteria and microorganisms Food, fish and agriculture Food production Food safety
28 SEP

Invitation to Professor Lisbeth Truelstrup Hansen’s inaugural lecture

The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, is hosting Professor Lisbeth Truelstrup Hansen’s inaugural lecture on Friday 23 October 2015. Lisbeth Truelstrup...

Bacteria and microorganisms Food, fish and agriculture Food production Food safety
17 SEP

Research leads to better predictions of cocktail effects

In order to protect people from chemicals’ harmful effects it is not sufficient to carry out risk assessments one by one of the chemicals people are exposed to every...

Food safety Mathematical modelling
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
26 AUG

Most salmonella infections still come from overseas travel

Almost every other registered salmonella infection in Denmark in 2014 was brought back by Danes travelling overseas. Travel thus remains the largest cause of salmonella...

Bacteria and microorganisms Food, fish and agriculture Food safety
18 AUG

Toilet waste provides knowledge about diseases’ global transmission routes

Analysis and genome sequencing of disease-causing microorganisms and antimicrobial resistance bacteria in toilet waste from international aircraft could be a first step...

Bacteria and microorganisms Genes and genomes Food safety Computer calculations
02 JUL

Toolbox for testing chemical cocktails under development

A new test strategy for mixtures of some of the many chemicals that people are exposed to every day is being developed by 26 partners in a large EU project. The National...

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety
28 JUN

Computers predict effects of chemicals on human health

Computer models can group chemicals according to their health effects and can contribute to calculating and predicting cocktail effects on human health. These are some...

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety Computer calculations Biological systems
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
31 MAY

Working across sectors to solve food safety problems

Many important microbiological risks in food, such as salmonella, relate in some way to food producing animals. The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark...

Food safety Biotechnology and biochemistry
20 MAY

Uncovering foodborne outbreaks using the latest technology

In the future it will be possible to uncover cases of foodborne disease and solve many more outbreaks through the use of whole genome sequencing, WGS, in which an organism...

Food safety Genes and genomes
13 MAY

Danish inspiration in the global fight against antimicrobial resistance

It is possible to significantly reduce the use of antimicrobial agents in food production without compromising welfare and production. This is evidenced by the Danish...

Food safety Bacteria and microorganisms
28 APR

Invitation to professor Dang Duong Bang’s inaugural lecture

The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, is hosting professor MSO Dang Duong Bang’s inaugural lecture on Friday 22 May 2015. Dang Duong Bang will...

Food safety Bacteria and microorganisms
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
11 MAR

PhD defence on adverse health effects in paper and board materials

The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, invites you to Linda Bengtström’s PhD defence on potentially adverse health effects in paper and board materials...

Food safety
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
10 FEB

Connecting the Seas of Norden

Nordic marine researchers push for increased collaboration across disciplines to handle growing pressure on the oceans.

Marine research Food safety Fisheries and fish stocks Climate change
02 FEB

Ranking the risk of disease from microorganisms in fresh produce

The risk of getting a foodborne infection from fresh fruit and vegetables in Denmark is highest from consumption of berries, lettuce, sprouts, tomato and melon. This is...

Food safety Bacteria and microorganisms
01 FEB

Predicting the shelf-life of cottage cheese

New mathematical models that predict the growth of listeria and lactic acid bacteria in different types of cottage cheese can be used by producers to determine the shelf...

Food safety Food production Mathematical modelling Bacteria and microorganisms
28 JAN

The disease outbreak detection system of the future

An internet-based tool can analyse the genetic material of bacteria and help detect disease outbreaks as well as find the source of an outbreak. The tool uses a new technique...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Genes and genomes Bacteria and microorganisms Food safety Computer calculations
15 JAN

PhD defence on problematic compounds in food packaging materials

The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, invites you to Anna Kjerstine Rosenmai’s PhD defence on problematic compounds in food packaging materials...

Food safety
13 JAN

The best way to determine salmonella type using whole genome sequencing

There is no single analytical method for whole genome sequencing data, which can be used universally to determine salmonella bacteria’s type. A PhD project at the National...

Genes and genomes Biotechnology and biochemistry Bacteria and microorganisms Food safety Computer calculations
2014
23 DEC

PhD defence on whole genome typing of E. coli bacteria

The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, invites you to Rolf Sommer Kaas’ PhD defence on the development of a method for typing E. coli bacteria by...

Food safety Bacteria and microorganisms Genes and genomes
21 DEC

More knowledge needed to ensure safe use of botanicals in food

The challenges related to assessing the safety of botanicals in foods and food supplements and regulating their use were highlighted at a conference held in Denmark in...

Food safety Food, fish and agriculture Nutrition and dietary habits
16 DEC

Many children and adolescents get too much caffeine from energy drinks

When children aged 10-14 consume energy drinks, one in five consumes too much caffeine. When their caffeine intake from other sources such as cola and chocolate is included...

Nutrition and dietary habits Food safety
11 DEC

Danish fruit and vegetables still contain fewest pesticide residues

Danish fruits and vegetables continue to contain fewer pesticide residues than imported produce. Residues from more than one pesticide in the same sample are also found...

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety
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
06 NOV

Less nitrite in meat products reduces the levels of nitrosamines

The less nitrite added to processed meat, the lower the levels of potentially carcinogenic nitrosamines formed in the products. The formation of nitrosamines can be reduced...

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety Food quality Food production
31 OCT

Last chance to register for the conference on botanicals in food

The registration deadline for next month's conference on the use of botanicals in food supplements and foods has been extended until 10 November in order to give more...

Food, fish and agriculture Nutrition and dietary habits Food safety
14 OCT

Seminar on benefits of restricted antimicrobial use in organic pigs

The spread of antimicrobial resistant bacteria is a major food safety concern. A seminar in October 2014 organised by the National Food Institute, Technical University...

Food safety Food, fish and agriculture Biotechnology and biochemistry
12 OCT

Invitation to professor Egon Bech Hansen’s inaugural lecture

The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, is hosting professor Egon Bech Hansen’s inaugural lecture on Friday 31 October 2014. Egon Bech Hansen will...

Food safety Food production Biotechnology and biochemistry
09 OCT

New increase in antimicrobial use in animals in Denmark

Antimicrobial usage in animals in Denmark continued to increase in 2013 – mainly due to an increased use in pigs. However, antimicrobial use in pigs is still 12% lower...

Food safety
01 OCT

Workshop on detection and quantification of protein modifications

Non-enzymatic modifications of protein affect their function and structure. Such modifications in food have implication for food flavour or texture while in biological...

Food safety Enzymes and proteins
29 SEP

Fewer resistant bacteria in Danish broiler meat

Significantly fewer resistant ESBL bacteria were found in Danish broiler meat in 2013 compared with the year before. However, the occurrence of ESBL bacteria in imported...

Food safety Biotechnology and biochemistry Production animals
29 SEP

Prawns with less salt

Salt is currently used to preserve all kinds of fish products as it reduces bacterial growth and improves shelf life. We are consuming too much salt, however, so food producers...

Food safety
25 SEP

PhD defence on new tools for risk assessment in dairy products

The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, invites you to Nina Bjerre Østergaard’s PhD defence on new tools for risk assessment and dairy product development...

Food safety Mathematical modelling
25 SEP

Universal metric to assess and prioritise risks

When decision-makers have to decide how to handle various risks in our society, they need one metric to assess and prioritise these risks. The National Food Institute...

Food safety
10 SEP

Conference on botanicals in food – here is the programme

Botanicals have gained popularity as ingredients in food supplements and are lately also collected from the wild and used in ordinary food. However, some botanicals may...

Food, fish and agriculture Nutrition and dietary habits Food safety
05 SEP

PhD defence on nitrosamines in processed meat products

The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, invites you to Susan Strange Herrmann’s PhD defence on nitrosamines in processed meat products. The defence...

Food safety
04 SEP

Salmon contain health-promoting bioactive peptides

By-products from salmon production contain bioactive peptides which among other things could have a positive effect on hypertension, type 2 diabetes and oxidative stress...

Food safety Health-promoting compounds Enzymes and proteins Fish and shellfish Food quality Food production
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
19 AUG

Fish food with antibodies to replace antimicrobial agents

A new research project headed up by DTU Vet is seeking to use feed containing natural antibodies to combat pathogenic bacteria as a replacement for treating fish fry...

Bacteria and microorganisms Aquaculture Food safety Fish and shellfish Food production
11 AUG

PhD defence on whole genome sequencing approaches

The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, invites you to Pimlapas Leekitcharoenphon’s defence of her PhD thesis on whole genome sequencing approaches...

Food safety Genes and genomes Bacteria and microorganisms
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
30 JUL

Denmark leads the way in the battle against antimicrobial resistance

Denmark has shown that it is possible to tackle the problem of antimicrobial resistance in a way that allows farmers to produce meat efficiently, while ensuring that antibiotics...

Food safety Bacteria and microorganisms
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
15 JUL

Conference on botanicals in food – save the date

Botanicals have gained popularity as ingredients in food supplements and are lately also collected from the wild and used in ordinary food. However, some botanicals may...

Food, fish and agriculture Nutrition and dietary habits Food safety
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
10 JUL

Pigs, killer cells and tissue type molecules will lead to effective cancer vaccines

The Danish Council for Independent Research, Technology and Production has granted DKK 5.7 million to a new project headed up by DTU Vet . The aim is to use pigs for developing...

Food safety Biotechnology and biochemistry
30 JUN

Danish efforts to combat antimicrobial resistance inspire in the U.S. Congress

Denmark’s systematic and scientific strategy to combat antimicrobial resistance in food production has been on the agenda at a briefing in the U.S. Congress. At the briefing...

Food safety Bacteria and microorganisms Food production
28 JUN

Danish fruits and vegetables are least burdened with pesticide residues

Pesticide residues in fruits and vegetables on the Danish market do not present a health concern to people who eat an average and varied diet. These findings appear from...

Food safety
26 JUN

The annual antimicrobial resistance test of European laboratories

The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, has tested the capability of national reference laboratories to identify antimicrobial resistance in different...

Food safety
19 JUN

Historically low number of Danes infected with salmonella

The number of Danes who contracted a salmonella infection reached a historic low level in 2013. More than half of those infected became ill during a trip abroad. For the...

Food safety Bacteria and microorganisms
18 JUN

First test of pesticide residues in feed for laying hens

In its role as EU reference laboratory, the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, has organised, for the first time, a comparative test, a so-called...

Food safety
16 JUN

Continuous improvement of the Danish food safety system

The Danish food safety system bases itself on independent scientific work, which is now provided by Technical University of Denmark, explains Director of Institute Jørgen...

Food safety Food production
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
09 MAY

PhD defence on the influence of early bacterial colonization on the development...

The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, invites you to Mathilde Bylov Kristensen’s PhD defence on the influence of early bacterial colonization on...

Food safety
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
29 APR

Food safety partnership with China

DTU and the China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA) have signed a memorandum of understanding that will strengthen knowledge exchange between Denmark...

Food safety
27 APR

Lactic acid bacteria inhibit Salmonella bacteria’s disease potential

When lactic acid bacteria are used in salami production to ferment and extend the shelf life of salamis, they also help inhibit Salmonella bacteria’s ability to cause disease...

Food safety Food production Bacteria and microorganisms
16 APR

PhD defence on MRSA in pigs

The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, invites you to Mette Theilgaard Christiansen’s PhD defence on methods for studying MRSA in pigs. The defence...

Food safety Bacteria and microorganisms
09 APR

Better methods for integrated assessment of food

Quantitative methods for assessing food and estimating disease burden are significant for understanding the combined effect of hazardous and beneficial substances in food...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Bacteria and microorganisms Food quality Food safety Food production Health-promoting compounds Nutrition and dietary habits
08 APR

Antimicrobial treatment increases the risk of infection with antimicrobial-resistant...

People who have been treated with antimicrobials are at increased risk of a subsequent infection with antimicrobial-resistant Salmonella and Campylobacter. A previous treatment...

Food safety Bacteria and microorganisms
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