Feed

Feedstuffs provide nutrients for farm and domestic animals. At the bottom of the food chain feed for livestock has a major impact on food safety. In order to ensure food safety as well as provide an optimum diet for our animals, the use of high-quality and, in particular safer and hence legally compliant feed is imperative.

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Feedstuffs provide nutrients for farm and domestic animals. At the bottom of the food chain feed for livestock has a major impact on food safety. In order to ensure food safety as well as provide an optimum diet for our animals, the use of high-quality and, in particular safer and hence legally compliant feed is imperative.

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Analytics

Analytics

The analytical laboratories as well as the National Reference Laboratories of the Institute of Animal Nutrition and Feed are accredited according to the international standard EN ISO 17025 for the methods that are listed in the scope of accreditation on the website of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW), thereby guaranteeing transparent and objective processes as well as quality-assured results.

Frequently asked questions on feed analysis

What specifically can be analysed at AGES?

What specifically can be analysed at AGES?

We can analyse all commercially-available, self-produced feed and the plants that are used for feeding animals, as well as grain and arable crops. Our range of services covers the following analytical studies: ingredients, metabolic energy content, feed additives, minerals, trace elements, heavy metals, microbiological parameters (e.g. salmonella), microscopic studies and technological characteristics (e.g. falling number of cereal flour). In addition, formal tests, such as checks on labelling, are performed.

For a detailed overview of our range of services, please refer to our catalogue of analysis.

Where can the sample be dropped off?

Where can the sample be dropped off?

You can submit your samples at the following locations or send them by post to:

  • AGES Vienna, Spargelfeldstraße 191, A-1220 Vienna, phone: +43 5 0555–0  (general samples for all analyses accepted, Mon–Fri: 7am–4.30pm)
  • AGES Linz, Wieningerstraße 8, A-4020 Linz, phone: +43 5 0555 – 41111 ext.  (for samples that are to be analysed only for elements and/or microbiological parameters, Mon–Thu: 7.30am–3.30pm, Friday: 7.30am–3pm)

What must be considered when shipping samples?

What must be considered when shipping samples?

Please enclose the order letter with the sample shipment. We also ask you to take particular care that the shipping container is firmly closed and also airtight as far as it is possible (If feasible, DO NOT USE glass containers). For a representative homogeneous sample, the amount of reference material should not be less than 1/2kg - 1Kg (500g - 1000g). Should the cold chain (e.g. with moist samples) not be interrupted, please indicate this CLEARLY on the packaging.

How long does a feed analysis generally take?

How long does a feed analysis generally take?

Duration of analysis depends on the particular query, the number of samples and number of parameters to be analysed. In general 95% of our analyses are completed within 14 days. It should be noted that microbiological tests (bacterial count etc.) are performed with cultural methods (cell growth on suitable culture media) that need to be incubated for some time and therefore take at least a week to complete. When testing for the presence of dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs, an analysis period of at least two weeks is to be expected. For particularly urgent analysis (imminent danger), please contact our staff immediately (phone: +43 50 555 - 33216).

How much does a feed analysis cost?

How much does a feed analysis cost?

The costs of a feed analysis depend on the desired parameters as well as the respective degree of analysis required and range from € 20 to € 450 per analysis. For detailed information on the costs regarding the parameters of your choice, please contact the Institute of Animal Nutrition and Feed.

Are test results also available online?

Are test results also available online?

Currently, it is not yet possible to retrieve test results online. However, interim reports or preliminary information can be provided electronically (via e-mail) on request.

What is a ‘Weende analysis’?

What is a ‘Weende analysis’?

The ‘Weende analysis’ is the standard method for determining the standard feed ingredients. The simple Weende analysis includes the determination of crude protein, crude fat, crude ash, crude fibre and moisture content. The extended Weende analysis additionally includes an analysis of starch and sugar.

The ingredients identified by the simple Weende analysis are among the obligatory prescribed labelling components of complete and complementary feed (with the exception of mineral complementary feed) for serving to food-producing animals, but also for cats, dogs and for animals in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 767/2009.

What are undesirable substances in animal feed?

What are undesirable substances in animal feed?

Among the undesirable substances in animal feed are heavy metals (such as arsenic, lead, cadmium, mercury), mycotoxins (such as deoxynivalenol or aflatoxins), plant-specific toxins (such as gossypol and theobromine), nitrite, cyanide, organic chlorine compounds as well as dioxins and dioxin-like compounds (PCBs).

Undesirable substances are substances or products with the exception of pathogens that are present in and/or on a specific animal feed product and pose a potential risk for human health, animal health or the environment or could adversely affect livestock production.

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Contact - Office - Vienna

Institute for Animal Nutrition and Feed
Phone: +43(0)5 0555 33216
Fax: +43(0)5 0555 33212
Spargelfeldstraße 191
1220 Wien



Institute for Animal Nutrition and Feed
Phone: +43(0)5 0555 33216
Fax: +43(0)5 0555 33212
Spargelfeldstraße 191
1220 Wien



RASFF

Das Europäische Schnellwarnsystem für Lebens- und Futtermittel (RASFF) ist eine zentrale Informationsplattform für die nationalen Behörden aller  EU-Mitgliedstaaten über wichtige und aktuell vorkommende Risiken am  Lebens - und Futtermittelsektor. Die AGES ist bereits seit 2002 RASFF Kontaktstelle für Futtermittel (Wien) und seit 2007 nationale Kontaktstelle für Lebensmittel (Salzburg).

Ab 1.1.2014 werden regelmäßig  RASFF Wochenmeldungen zu Futtermitteln in anonymisierter Form zur Verfügung gestellt.  Ziel  ist die Information  über die wichtigsten und aktuellsten Risiken am Futtermittelsektor im  EU Raum.

Es besteht kein Anspruch auf Richtigkeit und/oder Vollständigkeit. Die einzelnen Meldungen zu Lebensmittel und Futtermittel können auch in anonymisierter Form auf dem öffentlich zugänglichen RASFF Portal der Europäischen Kommission abgerufen werden: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/rasff-window/portal/

Bei Fragen zu diesem Thema können Sie das Institut für Tierernährung und Futtermittel  kontaktieren: futtermittel@ages.at  oder  +43(0)5 0555 33216

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QS

Logo von Qualität und Sicherheit GmbH - ein blauer Pfeil in Drehrichtung Uhrzeigersinn

QS ist das weltweit größte Prüfsystem für sichere Lebensmittel, das alle an der Lebensmittelproduktion beteiligten Unternehmen- vom Landwirt bis zur Ladentheke- einbindet.
Es ist eine freiwillige Sicherung der Qualität, die über die behördlichen Kontrollen hinausgeht.
Die Qualitätssicherung in diesem System beruht auf Eigenkontrollen, unabhängigen Kontrollen, Monitoringprogrammen und ständigen internen Kontrollsystemen.
Die Futtermittel spielen hierbei eine wichtige Rolle, da Sie zur Gesunderhaltung der Tier beitragen und damit auch maßgeblich die Qualität der aus Ihnen gewonnen Lebensmittel beeinflussen.
Der Futtermittelsektor ist gekennzeichnet durch international verzweigte Warenströme. Das QS-System setzt auf Zusammenarbeit mit anderen Standardgebern für ein einheitlich hohes Niveau der Futtermittelsicherheit. Dadurch wird der Warenverkehr erleichtert, die Warenverfügbarkeit gesichert und unnötige Kosten durch Doppelauditierungen vermieden.
Im Zuge des QS-Futtermittelmonitoring wird die Einhaltung von Grenz- und Richtwerten zum Beispiel für Mykotoxine, Dioxine, Pflanzenbehandlungsmittel und Schwermetalle überwacht.
Die AGES ist in Österreich das einzige Labor das von QS für Futtermittelmonitoring anerkannt ist.

Nähere Informationen zum Futtermittelmonitoring finden Sie hier:

https://www.q-s.de/dokumentencenter/dc-futtermittelmonitoring-labore.html

Zuständige Ansprechpartner für QS bei der AGES:

Mag. Johanna Keßner
Phone: +43 50 555-33215
Spargelfeldstraße 191
1220 Wien
Herbert Schmid
Phone: +43 50 555-33214
Mobile: +43(664) 5352963
Spargelfeldstraße 191
1220 Wien
Mag. Johanna Keßner
Phone: +43 50 555-33215
Spargelfeldstraße 191
1220 Wien
Herbert Schmid
Phone: +43 50 555-33214
Mobile: +43(664) 5352963
Spargelfeldstraße 191
1220 Wien

Oder kontaktieren Sie uns unter futtermittel@ages.at bzw. +43(0)5 0555 33216.

Round robin tests

Round robin tests

Round robin tests or inter-laboratory comparison tests (ILCs) in chemical analysis are an important means of quality control. Laboratories accredited in accordance with EN ISO 17025 are required to participate in such studies on a regular basis. The successful participation in ILCs is a prerequisite for accreditation or the continued validity thereof.
In such tests, an individual laboratory can compare its own results from the analysis of a particular sample with the results of a group of other laboratories and thus obtain information about the performance of their own methods.

IAG

The IAG round robin test is an international laboratory performance test which is conducted once a year and includes two samples.

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ALVA

ALVA – Austrian Association of Food, Veterinary Science and Agriculture 

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National Reference Laboratories

National Reference Laboratories for feed:

National Reference Laboratories (NRLs) have been established for the monitoring of food, feed, pathogens in humans and animals, genetically modified organisms and certain classes of substances such as residues in live animals and animal products as well as pesticide residues in food and feed.

By setting up National Reference Laboratories (NRLs) in the EU Member States, it has been possible to establish the basis for Europe-wide, harmonised analysis standards in the areas of official control of food and feed, and in the diagnosis of diseases in the field of animal health.
The Legal basis of the NRLs is the EU Regulation (EC) No. 882/2004, according to which each Member State is obliged to appoint one or several NRLs for specific analyses and to inform the European Commission thereof. The respective NRL must be accredited as a testing laboratory for the analysis concerned.

National reference laboratory for heavy metals in food and feed

National reference laboratory for heavy metals in food and feed

Heavy metals may be present in all feed and food. The amount is dependent on the natural composition and on the manufacturing as well as environmental conditions of the respective feed and food production. Some heavy metals have properties essential for nutrition, while others, such as lead, cadmium, mercury and arsenic have no nutritional relevance and are classified as being toxic or very toxic.
Due to the toxicity of some heavy metals, Directive 2002/32/EC (feed) and Regulation (EC) No. 1881/2006 set maximum levels for certain contaminants. This applies to the following elements and element species:

  • arsenic (total arsenic) and inorganic arsenic
  • lead
  • cadmium
  • mercury
  • tin


As a National Reference Laboratory for heavy metals in food (non-animal origin) and feed, we fulfil the following tasks in accordance with Regulation (EC) No. 882/2004:

  • collaboration with the EU reference laboratory in Geel (Belgium)
  • mandatory participation in the comparative testing rounds of the EU Reference Laboratory (EU-RL)
  • support of the national competent authorities
  • coordination of the activities of the competent official laboratories
  • implementation and organisation of round robin tests and comparative tests
  • implementation and organisation of workshops for the responsible official laboratories

National Reference Laboratory for animal proteins in feed

National Reference Laboratory for animal proteins in feed

Due to the outbreak of the BSE crisis in 2000, the feeding of animal meal to all farmed animals, with the exception of fishmeal to non-ruminants, was prohibited (Regulation (EC) No. 999/2001 and Regulation (EC) No. 1069/2009 ). In the course of feed control, adherence to this regulation is monitored by using light microscopy to analyse feed samples for the presence of fish and/or terrestrial animal particles.

In June 2013, a partial relaxation of the ban on feeding of processed animal proteins (PAPs) entered into force (Regulation (EC) No. 56/2013). Since then, PAPs from non-ruminants may be fed to fish. In order to determine whether feed samples are contaminated with ruminant PAPs, they are tested for the presence of ruminant DNA through comprehensive molecular-biological analysis.

The aim of the NRL is to establish a project environment ‘Animal Proteins’ within a communication network. By supporting the development of new analytical methods we will be able to make progress with the expected legislative changes concerning the further readmission of animal meals.

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