Food, Feed

Control

Health and a healthy diet gaining interest of consumers, producers and government. Different sectors have already taken the initiative to impose themselves sector guides in order to meet the increasing consumer demands. These guidelines are in many cases based on legal standards and HACCP rules and are often a combination of microbiological controls on pathogens and deterioration, controls of the environment, shelf life test, allergens and contaminants.

As a laboratory, we hope to be an important link to guarantee safe and healthy food products.

Composition

There is a growing tendency to inform the consumers correctly about the composition and origin of products. The adjusted labeling legislation was an initiative of the European Parliament to comply to this demand. From 2014 it is - aside some exceptions -required to label the nutritional value on all food products. There is also an increased attention to allergens, additives (vitamins, minerals, preservatives, ...) and origin of food.

Laboratory ECCA offers a full range of analyzes (incl. label control) to comply with European legislation.

Import/Export

Foods products that are imported into the EU must be provided with the necessary certificates. The border inspection checks these certificates and will, in some instances, decide to carry out extra analyses on the imported goods.

Laboratory ECCA is approved by the border inspection (AFSCA) for various analyses.

Conversely, goods exported outside the EU must be provided with the necessary documents as well. Depending on the product and the country of export, microbiological and/or chemical analysis (contaminants, residues, ...) need to be performed to inform the authorities of the country.

Reports are available free of charge in English, French and Dutch, for immediate use by foreign authorities.

Feed

Animal feed is at the beginning of the food chain and therefore plays a particularly important role in the overall quality and safety of our food. The federation feed manufacturers (BEMEFA) has for some years established a monitoring system that puts the accredited laboratories responsible for the analysis of the samples. In addition to the analyses included in the sampling plan, as in human food, animal feed and pet food is tested for microbiological pathogens and spoilage, chemical composition and specific contaminants.