Knowledge and understanding
At the end of the course, the student will have acquired the basic knowledge about the most frequently used unit operations in the food industry for the removal or reduction of biological, physical and chemical hazards.
The student will be also able to understand and adopt the international and European guidelines guidelines for the effective GHP prerequisites and HACCP System implementation.
Applying knowledge and understanding
The student will be able to set up and control a food process with reference to product safety.
The student will be able to extend the approach used in this course to further processes used in the food industry and related hazards.
The student will learn the vocabulary specific for food processing, food safety and food equipments
Student will be able to deepen its knowledge in the field of food processing by independently examining specialized texts, international journals or magazines.
There are no compulsory prerequisites, but students are advised to attend the courses of Food Microbiology (Mod. II) and Biological hazards in food.
Course contents summary
Principles of unit operations in the food industry aimed to the removal or reduction of biological, chemical and physical hazards: cleaning of equipments and raw materials, heat treatments, cooling and freezing, operations operating on water content or water availability.
Interaction between unit operations for managing variables (temperature, pH, aw and redox potential) functional to the prevention and elimination/reduction of hazards.
Description and comment on European food hygiene rules and guidelines for the effective GHP prerequisites and HACCP System implementation.
Examples of food additives utilization and their management with the aim of food stability and safety
Contamination, spoilage and processes
Hot filling and aseptic processing
Sanitation of raw materials and equipment
Drying and freeze-drying
Cooling and freezing
European policy on food safety
Guidelines for the effective GHP prerequisites HACCP system.
The theoretical topics of the course are explained by means of lectures enriched with practical examples and case studies.
Assessment methods and criteria
Written examination which consists of 4 questions and each of them is worth up to 7.5 points. Students who gained at least 18/30 in the written examination may apply to take an oral supplementation (which will account for 50% of the final grade), or to verbalize the mark of the written test.
Attendance at a course is not mandatory but strongly recommended