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Dr. S. Hartmann
Who are we?
The "Chemisches und Veterinäruntersuchungsamt Karlsruhe" with the short name "CVUA Karlsruhe" is one of the four official chemical and veterinary investigation laboratories participating in food surveillance and animal health in the German federal state of Baden-Württemberg. It is situated in southwestern Germany, in the city of Karlsruhe.
A highly qualified team of about 190 experts in the disciplines of food chemistry, veterinary medicine and pharmacy, together with technicians, are working here for consumer protection - especially with regard to sanitation and deception - and the prevention of animal illnesses.
We examine everything that humans eat, drink or which comes into contact with their skin. Thus we investigate a wide range of products, from food to cosmetics and from pharmaceuticals to animal feed, and we engage in the diagnosis of zoonoses. In all, we analyse about 90,000 samples per year.
Everything which is declared on the package must be in it. Therefore all foods derived from animal or plant sources are analyzed for pathogenic agents, spoilage and unauthorized additives, as well as for composition and food content. And not only foods, but cosmetics are examined also.
Central investigations by the CVUA Karlsruhe for the state of Baden-Württemberg are performed on drugs with regard to composition. Testing is also done on potentially irradiated foods, food additives, coffee, tea and spices. Together with the CVUA Stuttgart we also check import wines from non-European countries.
Healthy animals are prerequisite for healthy foods. In order to achieve this goal, veterinary diagnostics also is carried out . The investigation of agricultural cattle is intended to protect the livestock against epidemics or other illnesses. But pets, too, can present a health risk for human beings if, for example, the animal consumes parasites. Your child can become infected in this way. The veterinarians determine whether the dog has worms and what is to be done about it.
Dr. Susanne Hartmann