University Politehnica of Bucharest - Center for Advanced Research on New Materials, Products and Innovative Processes

Food Safety Lab

The laboratory is focused on the increase of the research capacity at UPB by developing the R&D infrastructure in quality control and food safety; laying the foundation of a platform for scientific research, evaluation and control to assure an increase on safety and food security. Within this objective UPB achieved a laboratory of regional and national quality control, food safety and security that can serve both Romanian companies with interest in this field, and also national and international organizations that require expertise. The Food Safety laboratory also takes care of the IRD activities to study the influence of different processing routes on food/finished products. Among the analyzed factors, it will be considered the influence of natural or accidental variables: temperatures for periods of time required; natural or artificial light; influence of microwaves etc. The development of analytical methods for the determination of analytes of interest (toxic compounds or useful) and the composition and conformity of food, methods that are and will be developed (partly on the duration of the project and any time there is interest or requirement) can be transferred to specialized institutions within the Veterinary Health Directorate, Public Health Departments, specialized laboratories, suppliers and equipment manufacturers interested in these methods or any laboratory interested in these methods. Achieving specific and nonspecific tests for different types of solid, semisolid or liquid food or related volatile compounds (chemical speciation of biologically active compounds that are clearly different (Toxicity) rapid screening of compounds of interest (food additives) identifying safety measures in exploiting operations (in fast-food or restaurant: cooking oil, keeping different varieties of food where they are supposed to, provenance, GMO analysis etc.). The existing infrastructure along with the expertise of the staff can be also exploited in other fields, such as environmental, medicine, energy, nanomaterials, etc.

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