The National Food Institute is also part of the Danish contingency plan concerning food safety, and is a national and international reference laboratory within a number of essential areas.
The National Food Institute is the national reference laboratory for nutrition with tasks including:
Methods development, validation and maintenance
Methods consulting within vitamins and nutrients
Continuous collection of monitoring data within nutrition
Chemical food safety
The National Food Institute is also a national reference laboratory for chemical food safety, which entails participation in activities, development, methods validation and maintenance, accreditation maintenance, continuous collection of monitoring data as well as relevant methods consulting within food contact materials, metals and minerals, mycotoxins, organic environmental pollutions, pesticides and additives.
Internationally the National Food Institute is also an EU reference laboratory for pesticides in grain and feed as well as a WHO collaboration centre for surveillance of food contamination (GEMS Food).
Microbiological food safety
The National Food Institute also heads the national reference laboratory within microbiological food safety, which e.g. entails coordinating microbiological samples.
Internationally, the National Food Institute is also an EU reference laboratory for antimicrobial resistance and a WHO collaboration centre for antimicrobial resistance in foodborne pathogens.
Chief Consultant Arne Büchert