27/10/2021

Fougères Laboratory

Laboratory Director: Tahar Ait Ali

Address: 10B rue Claude Bourgelat, PA de la Grande Marche, Javené CS 40608 35306 Fougères Cedex

Email: Contact.laboratoiredefougeres@anses.fr

Tel: +33 (0) 2 99 17 27 47

Team: 65 people, spread out across four research units

Research activities of the Fougères Laboratory

Research activities of the Fougères Laboratory

Reference activities of the Fougères Laboratory

Reference activities of the Fougères Laboratory

Surveillance activities of the Fougères Laboratory

Surveillance activities of the Fougères Laboratory

Publications of the Fougères Laboratory

Publications of the Fougères Laboratory

The laboratory's missions

The Fougères Laboratory operates in the areas of food safety, veterinary medicine and food hygiene.

The laboratory’s mission is to further knowledge of the benefits and risks of veterinary medicinal product and disinfectant use by the food processing industry. It also analyses the effects of antibiotics and biocides on antimicrobial resistance and characterises the toxicological hazards associated with contaminants. Moreover, the laboratory develops new tools for predicting the toxicity of these products.

The laboratory’s work focuses on:

  • screening for residues of veterinary medicinal products in foodstuffs of animal origin;
  • the antimicrobial effectiveness of antibiotics and disinfectants;
  • the resistance of bacteria to these products;
  • evaluating the toxicity of contaminants.
     

The laboratory is the National Reference Laboratory for veterinary medicine residues and antimicrobial resistance. It is also the European union Reference Laboratory for antimicrobial and dye residues.

Latest laboratory news

A partnership to better control bacteria in food processing facilities

The presence of Listeria and Salmonella bacteria in food processing facilities poses several problems: pathogenic for humans, these bacteria are capable of persisting for a long time in the environment and resisting treatment with biocidal products. The Actia Fastypers Joint Technology Unit (UMT) was recently created by the French Ministry of Agriculture for a five-year period, in order to work on these issues. It brings together research teams (ANSES, INRAE) and agro-industrial technical institutes (Actalia, for the dairy sector, and the French Pork and Pig Institute (IFIP)).

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The laboratory's units

Antibiotics, Biocides, Residues and Resistance (AB2R) Unit 

The missions of the Antibiotics, Biocides, Residues and Resistance Unit are as follows:

  • evaluating and validating screening methods for veterinary medicinal product residues (antibiotics and dyes with pharmacological activity);
  • developing methods for detecting disinfectant biocide residues;
  • organising and participating in inter-laboratory trials;
  • performing in vitro tests on susceptibility to antibiotics and biocides;
  • assessing the efficacy of biocides and antibiotics;
  • characterising genes for resistance to antibiotics and biocides, and their genetic support;
  • studying the impact of disinfectant biocidal treatments and alternatives on microbial ecology and mechanisms of resistance to biocides, metals and antibiotics.  

Experimentation, Modelling and Data Analysis (EMAD) Unit 

The Experimentation, Modelling and Data Analysis Unit has the following missions:

  • organising experiments on livestock and small animals, involved in different projects assigned to and/or run by the Fougères Laboratory. The management of animal housing and the treatment of animals are described in a quality plan;
  • assisting in setting up experimental plans and conducting statistical analyses at the request of the laboratory’s units, other ANSES teams, or teams outside ANSES;
  • coordinating ANSES’s statistical analysis platform;
  • implementing biokinetics projects (i.e. on the absorption, distribution and elimination of substances) and developing biokinetic modelling tools;
  • following up on requests for inter-laboratory trials as part of its national and European reference activities relating to veterinary medicinal product residues;
  • monitoring samples for testing and those produced in the framework of inter-laboratory proficiency tests (ILPTs) for veterinary medicinal product residues, in order to produce reference materials;
  • coordinating proficiency tests defined in the programme on veterinary medicinal product residues.

Analysis of Residues and Contaminants (ARC) Unit 

The missions of the Analysis of Residues and Contaminants Unit are to:

  • develop and validate physico-chemical methods (HPLC, MS, LC-HRMS) to test for chemical residues in complex matrices, in particular for national (NRL) and European (EURL) reference activities for veterinary medicinal product residues;
  • transfer control methods to networks of official laboratories;
  • perform official reference analyses (NRL and EURL);
  • characterise exposure related to the use of veterinary medicinal products and biocides, by producing knowledge on sources, transfers and the fate of substances;
  • develop new analytical approaches based on high-resolution mass spectrometry.

Toxicology of Contaminants (TC) Unit 

This unit’s missions are to:

  • develop and adapt in vitro and in vivo cytotoxicity and genotoxicity tests for plastic, nanoparticles and toxins;
  • determine the effects of contaminants using different markers of in vitro and in vivo toxicity;
  • perform in vitro toxicokinetic (science of the absorption, distribution and elimination of substances) tests;
  • participate in scientific expert appraisals in the field of toxicology.

Partnerships

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