94299 - Risk Management Of Zoonotic Parasites Along The Food Chain

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  • Teacher Monica Caffara

  • Credits 3

  • SSD VET/06

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language English

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Food Safety and Food Risk Management (cod. 9140)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale

  • Course Timetable from Feb 21, 2023 to May 23, 2023


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Good health and well-being Partnerships for the goals

Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

Students will acquire knowledge on the main food-borne zoonotic parasites transmitted through consumption of fresh (including raw and undercooked or poorly processed meat/fish) or processed food. The students will acquire knowledges also on the methodologies for their detection, characterisation and tracing, their occurrence and survival in relevant food matrices, the importance of food as a vehicle of infection and the possible control measures along the whole food chain.

Course contents

  • Develop a ranked list of food-borne parasite of global importance and their life cycle;
  • Review of the current methods for the detection, identification, characterisation and tracing of the main food-borne parasites in foods that may be likely vehicles of infection;
  • Importance of food-borne pathways for transmission of the main food-borne parasites to humans;
  • Occurrence and survival of the selected parasites in foods, and consumer habits that contribute to infection;
  • Possible control measures along the food chain, from farm to consumption


Notes of lectures; scientific publications

Teaching methods

Oral lectures, scientific seminaries, laboratory activities

Assessment methods

This course is part of the integrated subject "One health in food safety” and the final grading of the entire integrated course is calculated as an average of the scores obtained in the two courses. The examination commission includes teachers of both courses.

The final examination is oral and will verify the theoretical and applicative knowledges of the student. Particularly positive will be evaluated the ability to move within the different topics and the achievement of an organic knowledge of the topics presented during the lessons.

The oral test consists of a first topic chosen by the student and a second question by the teacher, both included among the topics presented during the course.

Preparation on a very limited number of topics covered in the course and analytical skills that emerge only with the help of the teacher, expressed in an overall correct language (18-19).

Preparation on a limited number of topics covered in the course and ability to analyse only on purely executive matters, expression in correct language (20-24).

Preparation on a large number of topics covered in the course, ability to make autonomous choices of critical analysis, mastery of specific terminology (25-29).

Substantially exhaustive preparation on the topics addressed in the course, ability to make autonomous choices of critical analysis and connection, full mastery of specific terminology and capacity for argumentation and self-reflection (30-30L).

Teaching tools

projector, computer, instruments of parasitological lab

Office hours

See the website of Monica Caffara