Organization profile

Organisation Profile

The Department houses ten research groups, the focus of which are food hygiene, environmental hygiene, toxicology, and monitoring of environmental health care. In addition, research is conducted in meat inspection and slaughterhouse hygiene.

Monitoring research complements well the research of molecular biology. Together they provide a strong area of expertise in food and environmental hygiene.

The research is closely connected to the practical problems arising in food safety. The foundation of high-quality research is up-to-date research methods, a focus area for competence in researcher education. One important focus area of the department is research in functional genomics, which enables, for example, recognition of genes responsible for the cold tolerance of bacteria.


Top research

Research conducted at the department is regularly evaluated by international committees. In the latest evaluation in 2012, the department received outstanding scores of 24/25. During the previous evaluations committee particularly commended the department on the management of research, researcher education program, and industry connections.

Research groups led by professor Johanna Björkroth, Marja-Liisa Hänninen, and Hannu Korkeala were a part of the Academy of Finland designated Centre of Excellence in Microbial Food Safety Research from 2008 to 2013. Professor Raimo Pohjanvirta's research group was a part of the Centre of Excellence for Environmental Health Risk Analysis of the National Public Health Institute from 2002 to 2007.

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

Projects 2003 2020

Publications 1997 2019

Aryl hydrocarbon receptor is indispensable for β-naphthoflavone-induced novel food avoidance and may be involved in LiCl-triggered conditioned taste aversion in rats

Pohjanvirta, R. & Mahiout, S., 15 May 2019, In : Physiology & Behavior. 204, p. 58-64 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
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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
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Atypical Hemolytic Listeria innocua Isolates Are Virulent, albeit Less than Listeria monocytogenes

Moura, A., Disson, O., Lavina, M., Thouvenot, P., Huang, L., Leclercq, A., Fredriksson-Ahomaa, M., Eshwar, A. K., Stephan, R. & Lecuit, M., Apr 2019, In : Infection and Immunity. 87, 4, 13 p., e00758-18.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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

Activities 1986 2019

MATINE (External organisation)

Johanna Björkroth (Board member)
1 Dec 20191 Dec 2022

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

Ruokavirasto (External organisation)

Johanna Björkroth (Board member)
23 Jan 201931 Dec 2020

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

Foodborne pathogens & whole genome sequencing: impact on public health protection

Rauni Kivistö (Attendee)
26 Mar 201928 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

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Rauni Kivistö (Attendee)
25 Apr 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Tutkimusdatan hallinnan perusteet

Rauni Kivistö (Attendee)
5 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Prizes

2. posteripalkinto, Eläinlääkäripäivät 2015

Elina Felin (Recipient), 2 Dec 2015

Prize: Prizes and awards

American Society for Microbiology Best Poster Prize

Hanna Castro (Recipient), 25 Aug 2016

Prize: Prizes and awards

Annual Finnish Veterinary Meeting 2011 Poster award (Honourable mention)

Sonja Virtanen (Recipient), 30 Nov 2011

Prize: Prizes and awards

Press / Media

Telephone interview about sapoviruses (linked to a waterborne outbreak)

Leena Maunula

26/10/2016

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Research of meat spoilage

Elina Jääskeläinen

26/05/2016

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Interview: This is spoiled!

Johanna Björkroth

14/04/2016

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Hyvä paha botuliini: [Good bad botulinum]

Miia Lindström

05/06/2015

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media