Microbiological Food Safety

Head of Research Group



The Bacteriological Food Safety group consists of a diagnostic laboratory carrying out analyses of Listeria monocytogenes and other pathogenic bacteria in milk and dairy products. Moreover, within the frame of the Official control of feedstuffs, it carries out the detection of Salmonellae. This laboratory is accredited according to ISO 17025 since many years.A second laboratory carries out research tasks in the field of food safety, e.g. the detection of pathogenic factors by PCR and other molecular biology techniques for the typing of strains.

Research Project


Understanding how Antibiotic-Resistant and Pathogenic Bacteria from the Environment Reach Humans via Food

To date, we know little about how antibiotic resistance from the environment - specifically, from the soil and water or fertilisers – reaches foods of plant origin. Using lettuce plants as an example, our researchers search for answers with the aim of making an important contribution to the protection of consumers.