Inspection of foods of animal origin
Learning outcomes of the course unit
This course is a part of the Integrated Course of Hygiene and Inspection of food of animal origin. The course is aimed at enabling the student to know and understand the principles of national and European food legislation and the food safety control system. In particular, the members and tools of the official control system will be known. The student will have to use the gained knowledge to identify the health issues related to the different food productions, the members of the official control and the most appropriate management tools.
Course contents summary
• Hygiene and sanitary control
Management and members of the official control system
The system of own-checks. Prerequisite programs and HACCP system
• National and European legislation on food safety and control
The protection of public health as part of the Criminal Code. Fraud.
The Italian Law 283/62 on food and beverage hygiene: aims and principles
Principles and general requirements of European food law. European regulations laying down procedures in matters of food safety
The rapid alert system for food and feed (RASFF)
Food for export: sanitary aspects
• Meat sector
Definition of fresh meat, meat preparations, meat products, mechanically separated meat (MSM)
Technical, hygiene and sanitary aspects of farm animal slaughter, cutting plants and meat manufacturing establishments.
Animal by-products: sanitary aspects
Chemical contamination of food: national control plan, official control of plant protection products in food.
• Inspection and control of fishery products
• Inspection and control of eggs and egg products
• Teaching material provided by the teacher consisting of .pdf files extrapolated from the presentations used during classroom lessons. The updated teaching material is made available by the teacher on the Elly platform during the course and not all at the beginning of the course. For the purpose of preparing the exam it is recommended not to use the teaching material of previous years as the program may undergo changes and updates from one academic year to another.
• European Regulations on food safety (Reg. (EC) 178/2002; 852/2004; 853/2004; 854/2004)
• Food Inspection and control. By Beniamino Cenci Goga. Ed. PVI (Point Veterinaire Italie), Milan, Italy, First Edition: June 2018, Language: Italian)
• Guide to Food Law of Daniele Pisanello, Claudio Biglia and Carlo Pelican (EPC Books, 2010 edition, Language: Italian)
The course is based on lectures, delivered with the support of audiovisual projection systems, and case-study discussion.
Assessment methods and criteria
The achievement of the objectives of the course will be verified by a written test. This latter will consist of questions designed to verify the acquired level of basic knowledge and terminology, and to evaluate the critical capacity of the student in dealing with issues related to the management of food safety and controls.
The written test is combined with the course of Hygiene and will consist of 15 questions, partly will be multiple-choice questions (with only one correct answer) and partly open-questions. The questions will concern both the topics of the course of Hygiene and those of the course of Inspection of food of animal origin.
The final score of the written test will depend on an overall evaluation of the same. If no answer is given to any open-questions or if all the open-questions are answered incorrectly, the exam the exam will be considered not passed. The time available to the student for the written test will be 60 minutes. There is no oral exam.
Passing the joint written test allows the final mark of the exam of the Integrated Course of Hygiene and Inspection of Food of Animal Origin (12 CFU) to be recorded.