Government-owned company, performs tasks on behalf of the federal Austrian government
Knowledge input on food supply chain and CBR agents, laboratory testing and validation
The Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) is a government owned company attached to the Austrian Federal Ministry for Health and to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management and performs its tasks on behalf of the Federal Austrian Government. The function of AGES is to promote a holistic approach to food security, food safety and public health issues in Austria by integrating different disciplines along the human food chain. The Agency has approximately 1.300 employees, of whom more than one third are experts with academic degrees in nearly all disciplines related to food and health safety. They are able to cope with problems concerning safe food production from soil to fork, effective control and prevention of epidemics for people, animals and plants and providing effective and safe pharmaceutical products. The AGES laboratories serve as national reference laboratories (NRL) for feed and food, residues and contaminants and animal health.