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Andrea Serraino

Full Professor

Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences

Academic discipline: VET/04 Inspection of Foods of Animal Origin

Head of Scuola di Specializzazione in Sanità Animale, Allevamento e Produzioni Zootecniche


Keywords: Food safety Foodborne pathogens foodborne zoonoses dairy products Biological hazard Risk assessment

 Assessment of biological risks associated on the production and sale of raw milk, dairy products and meat; the research activity is focused mainly on Arcobacter spp., Campylobacter spp., E. coli verocitotossici, Salmonella spp., Listeria monocytogenes, e Mycobacterium avium paratuberculosis.

The Unit leads research activities relating to the agricultural food chains (primary production, manufacturing, storage) in the field of products of animal origin; these activities are mainly, but not exclusively, focused on the dairy chain, respectively milk and products derived from milk, with particular attention to raw milk; the specialist skills and knowledge are primarily related to biological hazards in food that could be important sources of foodborne pathogens, but the Unit, in close cooperation with other research groups, provides a wide range of multidisciplinary scientific skills, including chemical contaminants, qualitative and nutritional aspects, and typical products. The research unit benefits from the collaboration with the scientific and technological strengths of the Experimental Teaching Cheese Factory and Slaughterhouse of the Departmentof Veterinary Medical Sciences. This has enabled us to harness a wide array of scientific disciplines in the pursuit of excellence in veterinary research.The main research activities deal with the development of new strategies for the reduction and control of emergent biological hazards in the food chain. The current research lines include: the assessment of the risk for the consumer associated with the consumption milk, meat, fishery and their products, microbial resistance in different food chains, hazards due tio the use of insects as protein sources for feed, rapid diagnosis of mastitis and strategies for antimicrobial use reduction, assessment of the risk for consumers related to Mycobacterium avium paratuberculosis infection in Italian dairy farms.