About us

The Unit of Food Hygiene and Technology is involved in education 1, research 2 and extension services 3.

Education

Education (lectures, seminars, practicals and excursions) comprises undergraduate teaching ensuring that graduates have a general veterinary qualification, and targeted programmes for students tracking for an additional qualification in Veterinary Public Health. The Unit of Food Hygiene and Technology is also involved in offering postgraduate continuing education.

The Unit of Food Hygiene and Technology assures that up-to-date documents are made available to undergraduate students, - e.g. a regularly revised text book (in German) on Animal Production and Food Hygiene 4 - as well as to postgraduates in the form of, to date, 5 volumes (in English) in the book series ‘ Food Safety Assurance and Veterinary Public Health (wageningen Academic Publishers, Wageningen, The Netherlands).

Reserach

Many different topics are adressed in research, the main ones including:

  • The microbiological safety of meat and meat products
  • Microbial pathogens causing foodborne  infection and intoxication (meat and meat products)
  • Prevalence and transfer of antimicrobial resistance
  • Changes in fat and protein components of foods as affected by processing and storage
  • Assessment of risks associated with foodborne pathogens
  • Virulence properties of food pathogens
  • Muscle biological and meat quality (sensory) effects resulting from meat processing.

Services

Extension services are provided on request and include for instance:

  • Chemical analysis of foods of animal origin (meat, fish, eggs)
  • Bacteriological examination of foods of animal origin (meat, fish, eggs)
  • Hygiene controls in food processing establishment and the associated consultancy related to (inter)national hygiene legislation
  • Molecular biological analysis of pathogens in food