69154 - Hygiene And Inspection Of Food Animal Origin

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Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

During the course the student will know the national and European legislation concerning food safety useful to assess the biological and chemical hazards associated with the consumption of animal products.
The student will acquire general knowledge on

  • the effect of animal food handling on foodborne pathogens risk.
  • how to develop different HACCP protocols to control the safety risk in food animal industry.
  • sampling protocols to improve the risk assesment on animal food product
  • epidemiology approach to estimate the foodborne disease
  • environmental hygiene

Course contents

European legislation on food hygiene and safety: reg. 178 and hygiene package.

Microbiological criteria based on EU regulation 2073/2005.

Epidemiology: Incidence and Prevalence. Risk factors. Epidemiological studies: cohort, case-control.

Foodborne illness: the dimension of national and international problem.

Inspection in the meat chain: Ante and post mortem inspection during the slaughtering.

The different food chain in animal production and related foodborne disease.

Chemical contamination (e.g. veterinary residues) of foods of animal origin.

HACCP and examples of application


  1. Notes of lectures
  2. ICMSF:Microorganisms in Foods 7: Microbiological Testing in Food Safety Management. Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publisher 2002
  3. Microorganisms in Foods 2: Sampling for Microbiological Analysis: Principles and Specific Applications (1986)
  4. PALESE L., PALESE A.: Il controllo sanitario e qualitativo dei prodotti alimentari della pesca, Piccin Editore.
  5. GRACEY J. F., COLLINS D.S., Huey R. J. Meat Hygiene, 10a ed. Saunders Ltd

Teaching methods

Oral lectures, scientific seminary, didattical visits to industries

Assessment methods

The course is part of the course Biology of microorganisms and Food Inspection, which also includes the teaching of Biology of Microorganisms. The final vote consists of the synthesis of evaluations of 2 courses that make up the integrated course. Of the examination commission are part the professors in charge of the teachings that make up the integrated course.
The assessment of learning is through an  oral examination.
The oral examination is intended to verify the knowledge relating to the risk management in the food sector according to the program of the course. The final vote, takes account of estimates reported in both trials.

Teaching tools

projector, computer, over head display, instruments of microbiological laboratory

Office hours

See the website of Gerardo Manfreda

See the website of Alessandra De Cesare