47951 - Food Toxicology

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

Good health and well-being Clean water and sanitation

Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

The course provides advanced knowledge on the toxicity (including toxicokinetics and toxicodynamics) of the main classes of substances, of natural or anthropogenic origin, present in food, as well as on the role of the food chain as a vehicle and potential route of accumulation of toxic substances present in the environment.

Course contents

Limit values for industrial toxicants, emission of harmful substances into the environment.

The biological monitoring in the occupational environment.

General principles on the risk analysis from environmental pollutants.

Toxic effect modulation by food. Rules on food safety. Natural toxins. Pesticides, food additives and residues. Toxic compounds from technologic processes. Heavy metals.

Toxicology of prions.

Regulation of xenobiotics in the food. Presentation of specific toxicological databases. Use and processing of data on online databases to calculate the risk associated with the presence of environmental and / or food contaminants.


Casarett & Doull's Toxicology: The basic science of poisons (by C.D. Klaassen), Mc Graw-Hill.

Wallace Hayes A. Principles and methods of Toxicology, CRC Press.

Teaching methods

Traditional. This course includes classroom exercises.

The course participates in the University's educational innovation project.

Assessment methods

The exam will consist in a written test aimed at assessing the student's understanding and knowledge of the topics set out during the course.

The written test consists of:

-25 multiple choice questions. Each right answer will be awarded with 1 point, while wrong answers will be given -0,5 points.

-5 open-ended questions. Up to 1 point is assigned for each correct answer.

Examples and details will be shown during the lessons.

Students have up to 60 minutes to complete the written test.

Teaching tools

Slides are usually used to enhance clarity during courses. The materials used will be uploaded to to the website https://virtuale.unibo.it

Username and password are reserved for students enrolled at the University of Bologna.

Office hours

See the website of Carmela Fimognari