Involved in the eradication of transmis­sible spongiform encephalopathies such as mad cow disease, The mission of the EURL-AP focuses on the detection and identification of pro­hibited animal proteins in livestock feed. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, a day dedicated to the topic of “Animal protein in feed, a solution towards autonomy and sustainability?” was organised on 22 September at the Palais des Congrès in Na­mur. This event provided the opportunity to evaluate the activities of the EURLAP but also to bring up the challenges and possibilities in this area. Various first-hand accounts helped to illustrate the interac­tions between the EURL-AP and the Euro­pean Commission and the 27 national reference laboratories, and with other stakeholders, particularly the agro-food industry, in order to achieve harmonious and effective monitoring of legislation. The presentations delivered that day can be viewed the links below.

Welcome – Gilbert Berben (EURL-AP Director, CRA-W)

Short overview of CRA-W – René Poismans (General Director, CRA-W)

The EU needs the EURL-AP : The EURL-AP support to official controls and economic growth – Eric Thévenard (DG Sante, EU Commission)

Ten years in a nutshell with some history and figures – Vincent Baeten (EURL-AP Deputy Director, CRA-W)

EURL-AP  and Italian NRL-AP: a long lasting relationship – Daniela Marchis (Head of the Italian NRL-AP)

Experience with methods for species detection and identification – Pieter Dercks (EFPRA, Darling Ingredients International)

Detection of processed animal proteins: Milestones towards fit-for-purpose methods – Christoph von Holst (JRC Geel, EU Commission)

Future of protein sourcing for feed use: promises and challenges for the EU feed industry – Arnaud Bouxin (Deputy Secretary General, FEFAC)

Opportunities and Constraints for Farming INSECTS to feed livestock and pet animals: a global overview – Paul Vantomme (FAO)

Lessons learned in Belgium : Their influence on our views of the future of animal products in feed – Christophe Keppens (Belgian Food Safety Agency)

Conclusions and acknowledgements – Pierre Dardenne (Head of Department, CRA-W)

Publication of the grinding study report

The report related to the EURL-AP collaborative study on the effect of grinding on the detection of bones from PAPs in feed by light microscopy is published. You can download it from the page “Scientific reports” under the menu “Publication”.

Official invitation for the 10th EURL-AP Workshop 2016 – Namur, Belgium in Sept 2016

Dear NRL Colleagues,

We invite you officially to participate to the 10th EURL-AP workshop that will take place in Namur from the 20st to 22nd of September 2016. The official invitation, including the registration documents is in attachment. You are requested to return it by 1st of July the latest.

Seeing you in Belgium for the 10 years !

Pig cut-off Excel file

With the new batch of pig calibrants now commercially available, you will have to adapt the exact copy numbers to be in accordance with the certificate provided with these new calibrants.

In this “Pig cut-off at 5 copies” Excel file, the cells where you have to introduce the “exact copy numbers” are not locked and this modification is possible.

Do not forget that the figures mentioned in the certificate are copies/µl! In the cut-off Excel file, you have to introduce the number of copies/5 µl!

Calibration kits for ruminant and pig detection by PCR commercially available now

The calibration kits ERM-AD482 RUMINANT pDNA CALIBRANT and ERM-AD483 PORCINE pDNA CALIBRANT can be ordered from JRC-IRMM. They are now Certified European Reference Materials.

 For ordering and information, go to the following webpages :