95834 - Veterinary Legislation and Food Safety

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

Zero hunger Good health and well-being Responsible consumption and production

Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is able to: - understand the connections between international law and EU and national law in the field of veterinary legislation; - know the role of EU and international institutions and bodies in animal health and welfare; - know the main existing EU and national regulations in the field of animal health and welfare; - be able to use the main international, EU and national web resources useful in the field of animal health and welfare.

Course contents

General concepts

Revision on domestic and European Union Law

The role of the National and European Institutions in the food safety issues

The market organization of the main sectors producing food of animal origin

The international affairs: the role of WHO and SPS agreement, the Codex Alimentarius, the World Organization for Animal Health

The main hazard for food and the relative causes

Special part

The veterinary legislation; sectors and actors. The sources of the domestic and European law on animal health and welfare and on food safety

Principles, rules, procedures and agencies on food safety

The risk analysis

Farm to fork strategy

The official controls: the role of the competent Authorities; the official sampling, the national Plan for residues control, microbiological criteria

The Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF)

Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES)

Nutrition labelling; origin labelling


Groups training on the use of informatic tools for the cognition on the EU and domestic law; groups training on the consultation of the informative tools relevant for animal health and welfare and food safety

Monothematic researches in small groups


Compendio di Diritto dell'Unione Europea. Aspetti istituzionali e politiche dell'Unione; a cura di S. Gerli, Ed. giuridiche Simone, XXI edizione 2021

Codice breve dell'Unione europea minor, a cura di C.C. Gialdino, , Ed. Giuridiche Simone, XI edizione 2020

AA vari “La sicurezza alimentare”, Quaderni di sanità Pubblica. Ed. Maggioli, 2015

AA vari "Etica e Allevamento Animale" (a cura di G. Bertoni), Ed. Franco Angeli, 2016

Compendio di diritto alimentare, Di Costato L. et al, CEDAM 2022

Il Regolamento di Polizia Veterinaria (a cura di c. Benazzi e G. Martini), Ed. Esculapio, 2022

Teaching methods

Traditional frontal teaching

Practical works, use of electronic tools for juridical databases consultation

Discussion of case law of veterinary interest

Assessment methods

At the end of the course, there is a single ongoing test that, if passed, will allow you to acquire the final grade of the module. The ongoing test consists of a total of 31 multiple choices. Wrong answers are not penalized. You pass the exam if you reach minimum of 18 points

Teaching tools

Data base, PC, draft of lessons, official web sites of EU, national and regional Institutions

Office hours

See the website of Angelo Peli