Food Safety Assessment and Management (AVBS4004)


This Unit of Study focuses on the issues and practices in the animal industry relevant to food safety and zoonotic disease. This unit will cover general food safety issues, including risk assessment and hazard analysis of microbes and chemicals. Food-borne diseases of animal origin and their impact on public heath will be explored through the examination of zoonotic diseases in scenario-based learning activities. In these processes diagnostic and strategic methods of investigating, controlling and preventing food-borne disease outbreaks will be explored. Students will be introduced to national and international animal and human health policy pertaining to food safety regulations and surveillance initiatives and strategies that underpin these policies. Students in this unit will be introduced to the issues regarding emerging food-borne pathogens and current industry driven topics. By the end of the unit, students should have global and local perspective on the major food-borne diseases, surveillance and control programs. This unit is located at the Camden Campus.

Further unit of study information


lectures 3 hrs/wk, tutorial/practicals 2 hrs/wk


1000wd individual report (20%), 1000wd group assignment (20%), 2hr exam (50%), MCQ (10%)


Torrence ME & Isaacson RE (eds) 2003, Microbial food safety in animal agriculture current topics, Iowa State Press, Ames, Iowa
D'Mello JPF (ed.) 2003, Food safety: contaminants and toxins, CABI Publishing, Wallingford
Bucic S 2006, Integrated food safety and veterinary public health, CABI Publishing, Wallingford
Jay JM, Loessner MJ, Golden DA 2005, Modern Food Microbiology, 7th edn, Springer, New York
Colville J, Berryhill, D 2007, Handbook of Zoonoses - Identification and Prevention, Elsevier Mosby, St.Louis, MO USA

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


AVBS3001 and AVBS4001

Study this unit outside a degree

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