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mai 11, 2017

New lab increases food security and quality of Brazilian meat

The Brazilian government has inaugurated the most modern food research laboratory in Latin America specializing in meat safety and quality. The Multiuse Livestock Biosecurity Laboratory (Biopec) was installed in Campo Grande of Mato Grosso do Sul. The lab is run by the Brazilian Agriculture and Livestock Research Company (Embrapa) and is the first high-level biosecurity lab for research and development in beef, poultry, and pork.

Embrapa, in partnership with the Studies and Projects Financier (Finep), invested 10 million BRL in the construction of the space. The new lab joins an already established network of dozens of labs and food safety control units.

“Now it will be possible to conduct, in the same space, studies related to high-risk agents like foot-and-mouth disease, the Avian flu, pork influenza, rabies, brucellosis, and tuberculosis,” said Cleber Soares, the general chief of Embrapa Gado de Corte.

The lab will also make it possible to study the bacteria that causes these diseases. In particular, the lab will be equipped to study bacteria that cause bovine tuberculosis, botulism, anthrax, salmonella, and other food toxins.

The new infrastructure also allows for tests, vaccinations, and research studies behind the causes of diseases like mad cow, following the latest global biosecurity norms.

The Biopic lab is configured to work with animal pathogens as well as crop microorganisms. The lab is multi-use and available to potential partners who wish to use the space. The total area of the lab spans 1,000 meters squared, of which half is dedicated to biosecurity research. In addition, the lab includes a structure for level 3 animal experimentation and vivarium maintenance.

The lab will open in April, starting with molecular biology operations in support rooms. From there, the lab will open up for more advanced experiments.