Place Category: Member
The National Food Agency (NFA) assesses, manages and communicates risk and benefits in food in order to enable healthy eating habits, safe food and fair practices in the food trade. We integrate environmental aspects in our activities in order to contribute to a sustainable society. The NFA also works with prevention and management of threats and risks in the society.
The Risk- and benefit assessment department, team Biohazards, provides expert support to risk managers at the NFA within the areas of food- and waterborne hazards, including zoonoses and antimicrobial resistance. The team has expertise in quantitative microbial risk assessment, modelling and predictive microbiology. Horizon scanning and the development of risk assessment tools and procedures are other important tasks. These skills have been further developed in various projects with other national agencies operating in the field of zoonoses.
The Biology department, team Microbiology provides expert support in the field of food and drinking water microbiology, especially in connection with outbreak investigations and for microbiological analyses. We develop new knowledge by performing surveys and taking responsibility for outbreak analyses. We are the European Reference Laboratory (EURL) for foodborne viruses and the National Reference Laboratory (NRL) for Listeria, pathogenic E. coli, coagulase-positive staphylococci and Campylobacter and thereby maintain contact with the Swedish official laboratories. In several areas we work closely together with other authorities in our field.
In addition to the laboratory and risk assessment facilities, the NFA has developed and organized a microbiological food and drinking water methods proficiency testing scheme which currently serve over 300 laboratories in Europe and worldwide. The samples are mainly freeze dried and contain known amounts of microbial flora (bacteria, moulds) from the NFA culture collection. The culture collection consists of strains isolated from foods analysed as part of surveys, projects, outbreak investigations, et cetera, and includes, for example, about 250 strains of Listeria monocytogenes.
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