RIKILT Wageningen University & Research will become the European Union reference laboratory (EURL) for mycotoxins and plant toxins, effective March 1. This duty is commissioned by the European Commission.

As EURL, RIKILT will have the responsibility to make sure that the research and the statutory mandatory checks into mycotoxins and plant toxins in food and animal feed are properly set up and carried out by the national reference laboratories (NRLs) in each Member State. A major component of this task is to develop and make available the analytical methods for analysis to the NRLs.

RIKILT has more than 20 years of experience as EURL for growth hormones in animal-derived food products. The Wageningen institute was nominated for the job to the European Commission by the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority, with support from the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality.