Ensuring Food Safety for a Growing Population
With increasing populations and global threats, the integrity and safety of global food chains has never been more at risk.
In many countries, simply getting enough to eat can be an issue, with poor quality food often contaminated with hazardous agents. In developed countries, pressure to deliver cheap, affordable food impacts quality and safety.
On this course, you will gain an advanced understanding of food safety issues and intervention approaches to be applied across the food supply chain, to help ensure a sustainable supply of safe, nutritious food meeting demand and improving human health.
What topics will you cover?
Week 1: Food Fraud and Authenticity
The various types of food fraud threatening food integrity
Approaches to monitoring food fraud through trace and detection techniques
How false claims can be made on labelled products to mislead the consumer
Week 2: What is Food Safety?
• The types of hazards that threaten our food safety
• How food hazards can be monitored and the challenges to preventing their entry into the food chain
• Databases that can be used to search for information on food hazards
• Techniques that can be used to isolate foodborne pathogens from test samples
Week 3: Food Contamination – What is the impact on human health?
• Where food contaminants originate and how they enter our food
• Examples of how food contaminants affect our health
• How biomarkers can be used to determine exposure to dietary contaminants
• Different origins of food contaminants - naturally occurring and production related
Who is the course for?
This course covers techniques and research being applied and developed to improve food safety. The course is open to all, but aimed at learners at postgraduate level.
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