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1st Food and Feed Safety Symposium held

80 scientists and experts participated in the 1st Food and Feed Safety Forum. A special highlight was the opening of the new laboratories at the Biomin Research Center.

Aim of the symposium was to emphasize the importance and relevance of food and feed safety from the perspective of the ERBER Group, as well as to give some insight into consequential research & development strategies and concepts of its three subsidiaries Biomin, Romer Labs and bio-ferm. All three companies support R&D facilities at the Technopol Tulln. Products developed, produced and distributed by companies of the ERBER Group are geared to support safety in the whole food chain, same as the "farm to fork" concept of the European Union.

Lectures by Biomin's R&D scientists focused on new approaches to detoxify fungal toxins, the development of test models for the investigation of the gastrointestinal flora, and the development of safe probiotics. Bio-ferm presented their approach on biological plant protection: so called biological control agents prevent harmful microbes from proliferating on the plant´s surface. Bio-ferm received earlier this year the Lower Austrian Innovation Award for this product development.

Particularly well received was the presentation on the most recent food scandal in China, where baby and infant milk concentrates were contaminated with melamine, a toxic substance that caused the death of at least four babies and left more then 60,000 ill. As a quick response to the market demand that emerged out of this crisis, Romer adapted and optimized its existing test kit and completed the melamine testing product portfolio with isotope labeled standards and reference analysis.

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