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Food Hygiene and Safety Division is part of the
Chair of Veterinary Biomedicine and Food Hygiene
since 01.01.2022

In Estonian

Food Hygiene and –Safety Division

Fr. R. Kreutzwaldi St. 56/3

51006, Tartu, Estonia

Phone +372 731 3433


The Food Hygiene and Safety Division of the Institute of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences is a competence center in the field of food hygiene in Estonia. Division is responsible for the quality, competitiveness and promotion of research and teaching in the field.

Our applied research is focused on

•           microbiological food safety, particularly on essential foodborne pathogens (e.g. Campylobacter spp., Salmonella enterica, Listeria monocytogenes), including collaboration with human medicine in molecular epidemiology and AMR research.

•           food chemical safety - assessment of the level of nitrites, nitrates, acrylamide and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in certain foods and the related food exposure of the Estonian population.

Basic research is focused on the integrated study of the intensity and mechanisms of autolytic, microbial and oxidative processes involved in the spoilage of basic animal-derived foods in order to control these processes. For this purpose, the inhibiting and/or promoting effects of various natural bioactive substances on these processes are being investigated in mixtures or individually. In order to have a list of suitable plants, chemical composition of various food and medicinal plants is studied by LC-MS/MS.

Learning activities cover the broad field of food hygiene and safety, including following areas and keywords: food and environmental hygiene; food safety; veterinary public health; One Health; environmental, feed and food toxicology; acceptable and tolerable intakes; food quality; food freshness; food technology; food safety management systems; official control; meat inspection; welfare of slaughter animals; drinking water hygiene; food safety risk assessment; human nutrition.

In cooperation with the Open University of the Estonian University of Life Sciences, more than a dozen different continuing education courses in food hygiene and safety are conducted for specialists. Numerous open access instructional materials and textbooks have been prepared for food companies and food safety institutions.