The sanitary safety laboratory

This unit has four members and seeks to innovate and generate value in the crushing process (the first step in seed transformation), through the valorization of proteins in particular. It is supported by a pilot unit, in partnership with Iterg.

It works principally in the domain of the sanitary safety of oil and protein crops, a strategic activity in this sector. It is thus able to identify the sectors in which the risk of contamination is high, enabling public authorities to act to prevent health crises.

The Pessac site also provides the seed primary processing industry with support, by performing a survey of the quality of the cakes produced in France. It also works on the nutritional value of seeds and cakes, by performing tests on animals.

Exemples d'actions

A plan for the surveillance of oil crops (PSO)

This observatory of the sanitary quality of oil-protein seeds operates in an interprofessional framework. It focuses on storage and transformation organizations and its work concerns oil crops (rapeseed, sunflower, soybean), protein crops and pulses (pea, field bean, lentils etc.), together with all their products (seeds, cakes, crude and refined oils, by-products of refining) and contaminants (residues of phytosanitary products, heavy metals, mycotoxins, Salmonella, toxic botanical impurities etc.).

Technical and economic studies

The laboratory performs studies on the various aspects that must be dealt with when installing a production plant (partners, geographic location, outlets etc.).

A survey of cake quality

The laboratory contributes to improvements in cake quality in the framework of traditional crushing.