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Organization profile

Organisation Profile

The aim of environmental health care is to ensure a healthy living environment for people. Environmental health and food safety control entails monitoring by an official municipal veterinarian. This includes duties related to food and domestic water monitoring; swimming water, housing health and product safety monitoring; monitoring of legislation on chemicals and tobacco; and veterinary health care.

The focus of studies in the environmental health and food safety control is on the official role of a veterinarian and supervisor duties within the municipal organisation. Studies are closely intertwined with studies in both food hygiene and environmental hygiene.

The studies acquaint the students with the complex legislation regulating the work of official municipal veterinarians both in lecture format and through practice-oriented exercises. Group work serves to familiarise the students with the operating environment of official municipal veterinarians, in other words the environmental health care organisation, as well as develops communications skills important to official municipal veterinarians.

Seminar work focuses on the practice of administrative coercive measures and the students will become well-versed in the principles of good governance. Moreover, the aim of studies in environmental health and food safety control aim to influence the development of leadership and provide the students with the necessary skills to work as supervisors.

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.


Photo of Janne Lundén

Janne Lundén

Person: U3 Research and teaching staff, UH, Teaching and research personnel

Photo of Mari Nevas


INNUENDO: A new cross-sectorial platform for the integration of genomics in surveillance of food-borne pathogens

Rossi, M., Llarena, A., Nevas, M., Lundén, J., Fredriksson-Ahomaa, M., Laukkanen-Ninios, R., Caarico, J., Garaizar , J., Hilbert, F., Salmenlinna , S., Hakkinen , M., Oleastro, M., Mäesaar , M. & Bërziņš , A.

European Food Safety Authority


Project: Research project

Flexibility of food legislation

Vaarala, A., etc. & Lundén, J.


Project: Research project

Ensisaapumisvalvonnan valtiollistamisen vaikutukset

Lundén, J.


Project: Research project


Consumer perceptions raised by the food safety inspection report: Does the smiley communicate a food safety risk?

Vainio, A., Kaskela, J., Finell, E., Ollila, S. & Lundén, J., Apr 2020, In : Food Control. 110, 8 p., 106976.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Veterinarians Experience Animal Welfare Control Work as Stressful

Väärikkälä, S., Hänninen, L. & Nevas, M., 19 Feb 2020, In : Frontiers in Veterinary Science. 7, 8 p., 77.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Assessment of animal welfare problems in Finnish cattle and pig farms based on official inspection reports

Väärikkälä, S. S., Hänninen, L. T. & Nevas, M. A., 22 May 2019, In : Animals. 9, 5, 19 p., 263.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Compliance in own-check systems poses challenges in small-scale slaughterhouses

Törmä, K., Fredriksson-Ahomaa, M. & Lunden, J., Jan 2019, In : Food Control. 95, p. 27-33 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Elintarvikkeiden Oiva-valvontaa pitää kehittää

Kaskela, J. A., Ollila, S. A., Vainio, S. A. & Lunden, J. M., 2019, In : Kehittyvä Elintarvike. 30, 1, p. 30-31 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleProfessional


Supervisor of DVM Kristiina Törmä's Doctoral studies

Riikka Laukkanen-Ninios (Supervisor), , Maria Fredriksson-Ahomaa (Director), , Eija Kaukonen (Co-supervisor), & Janne Lundén (Co-supervisor)

2019 → …

Activity: Examination typesSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis

Eläinlääketieteellisen tiedekunnan lausunto luonnoksesta hallituksen esitykseksi laiksi eläinten hyvinvoinnista

Laura Talvikki Hänninen (Participant), , Anna Elisabet Valros (Participant), , Outi Vainio (Participant), , Mari Leena Heinonen (Participant), , Olli Aarno Tapio Peltoniemi (Participant), , Claudio Oliviero (Participant), , Minna Maria Nystén (Participant), , Mari Anne Nevas (Participant), , Riikka Katariina Laukkanen-Ninios (Participant), , Eeva Arja Irmeli Mustonen (Participant), , Heli Kaisu Simojoki (Participant), , Sanna Johanna Viitanen (Participant), & Mari Hannele Hovinen (Participant)

1 Jan 20182 Dec 2018

Activity: Other activity typesTypes for other activities - Other


Co-supervision of Enni Tuutti's Licentiate Thesis in Veterinary Medicine

Janne Lundén (Co-supervisor)

Feb 2017 → …

Activity: Examination typesSupervision of other thesis (Master's, Licentiate)

Food Control (Journal)

Janne Lundén (Reviewer)

Sep 2017

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts


Janne Lundén (Participant)

Apr 2017

Activity: Other activity typesTypes for other activities - Other


Award of the best veterinary student in food hygiene and environmental health

Karoliina Kettunen (Recipient), 19 Apr 2012

Prize: Prizes and awards

The Annual Finnish Veterinary Congress 2013 Poster award (Honourable mention)

Tiina Läikkö-Roto (Recipient), 27 Nov 2013

Prize: Prizes and awards