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    Denmark has a long-standing tradition for surveillance and research collaboration between the human and animal health sectors. In 1994, it became the first country to establish a national zoonosis center, dedicated to the surveillance, detection, research, and communication on the epidemiology of zoonotic infections. The Danish Zoonosis Center also formalized the collaboration between the veterinary, food, and human health sectors, both public and private. DTU National Food Institute was a driver in this effort and since the mid-1990s has been responsible for publishing the Danish Annual Report on Zoonoses. The institute also co-manages DANMAP – the Danish Antimicrobial Monitoring and Research Program – with the veterinary and public health institutes. DANMAP is known worldwide and has become the paradigm for monitoring antimicrobial resistance and consumption in a One Health context. The institute also hosts four EU reference laboratories, as well as collaborating centers with WHO and FAO.

    Past research at the DTU National Food Institute was instrumental for the control efforts that ultimately have eliminated Salmonella from Danish poultry, both layers and broilers. Current research at the institute includes the development of DNA based methods and exploring their use for detection and characterization of microorganisms – a field where the institute has an international research reputation. Other research areas are among others applied research for national zoonotic control plans with direct impact on the public health risk of zoonoses and the development of lab-on-chip based techniques for detection and characterization of zoonotic microorganisms for use in both primary production and slaughter plants.

    The National Food Institute provides research based scientific advice for the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration in all areas relating to microorganisms in food and feed. These areas include advice on surveillance and control programs, laboratory methods, interpretation of data, development of mathematical models as well as epidemiology based risk assessments.

    Institute contacts
    Name Contact email Representative
    Henrik Jarlbæk heja@food.dtu.dk Institute Representative and Scientific Representative
    Flemming Bager fbag@food.dtu.dk Institute Representative


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