Czech National Reference Laboratory for Animal Proteins

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Animal protein detection in feeds has completed ten years of successful operation on the international level. Precisely ten years ago, the laboratory engaged in this activity became the National Reference Laboratory for Animal Proteins in Feeds (NRL-AP). The laboratory is operated within the framework of the Feeds Department of the Central Institute for Supervising and Testing in Agriculture. For the first time, it was accredited in 2006 for the detection of animal proteins in feeds using a microscopic method, the only recognized reference method at that time within the European Union (EU).


During 2009 and 2010, the laboratory developed active efforts to become engaged in the development of the RT-PCR (real-time polymerase chain reaction) method aimed at helping to specify the species and exact origin of contamination. Subsequently, the laboratory was equipped with the necessary systems and successfully established and accredited the RT-PCR methodology. The laboratory is charged of testing and inspecting feeds for any presence of animal proteins, and if a positive finding is determined, with specifying the form of contamination. The purpose is to ensure safety in terms of BSE/TSE spreading in ruminant animals.


The laboratory passes at least two qualification tests on a regular basis with the EU Reference Laboratory (EURL-AP) focused on the microscopic method and on the RT-PCR method. Since 2006, the laboratory has been evaluated as the second best laboratory in the qualification tests – the so-called “EURL-AP Proficiency Tests“ – among the 27 national reference laboratories of EU countries.

The new e-learning course "Nutrition in health education"



On the 1 st November 2016  Food Safety Information Centre of the Ministry of Agriculture launched a new e-learning course "Nutrition in health education" which was prepared by the 3rd Medical Faculty of Charles University in cooperation with the Institute of Agricultural Economics and Information.

The course is focuses on healthy nutrition, food safety and hygiene in food handling and is intended for Secondary Vocational Schools of Food Technology and Secondary Industrial Schools of Food Technology. 
The course is free.


More information about the course and registration can be found here  


Educational programme in interactive whiteboards "Jíme zdravě a s chutí"

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Food Safety Information Centre has created a new training programme for primary school pupils. 

Food Safety Information Centre of the Ministry of Agriculture has created a new tutorial to interactive whiteboards "Jíme zdravě a s chutí" which is aimed at primary school pupils and teachers.

The programme is divided into several separate modules so as to be the most usable in practice for the teachers´ actual needs. Interactive exercises in the particular modules are complemented by the activity workbook for primary school children "Jíme zdravě a s chutí”.

The tutorial is partly based on recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) "Five Keys to Safe Food." It covers topics of healthy nutrition and hygiene in food handling and it introduces the agricultural issue in a playful way. The tutorial also includes a short instructional videos, interactive competitions, games and fun testing of the gained knowledge.

Each teacher has the opportunity to choose either an entire program or just individual modules to his teaching: Movement, Digestive System, Teeth, Water intake, Nutrition, Healthy lunch, Healthy plate, Food origin - animals (Poultry, Rabbits, Cows, Sheep, Pigs, Processing milk), Food origin - plants (Plants, Fruit and Vegetables), Bacteria, Fungi, Food handling, What have you learned, Play, Fruit and Vegetables - practicing.

Registration and downloading the tutorial into Interactive Whiteboard is free.

Registration and more information here