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.

Profiles

Photo of Johanna Björkroth
19922020
No photo of Yagmur Derman

Yagmur Derman

Person: U3 Research and teaching staff, UH

20102017
Photo of Maria Fredriksson-Ahomaa

Maria Fredriksson-Ahomaa

Person: UH, Teaching and research personnel, U4 Research and teaching staff

19962020

Projects

Publications

Antibioottiresistenssi haastaa monialaiseen yhteistyöhön

Muurinen, J., Cairns, J., Aalto-Araneda, M., Vänttinen, J. & Kaskela, J., 31 Jan 2020, In : Suomen lääkärilehti. 75, 5, p. 231 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleProfessional

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
File

ESKAPE Bacteria and Extended-Spectrum-β-Lactamase-Producing Escherichia coli Isolated from Wastewater and Process Water from German Poultry Slaughterhouses

Savin, M., Bierbaum, G., Hammerl, J. A., Heinemann, C., Parcina, M., Sib, E., Voigt, A., Kreyenschmidt, J. & Björkroth, J. (ed.), 1 Apr 2020, In : Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 86, 8, e02748-19.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
File

Evaluation of criminal sanctions concerning violations of cattle and pig welfare

Väärikkälä, S., Koskela, T., Hänninen, L. & Nevas, M., 16 Apr 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Animals.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Growth and metabolic characteristics of fastidious meat-derived Lactobacillus algidus strains

Säde, E., Johansson, P., Heinonen, T., Hultman, J. & Björkroth, J., 16 Jan 2020, In : International Journal of Food Microbiology. 313, 8 p., 108379.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Activities

Food Control (Journal)

Riikka Laukkanen-Ninios (Reviewer)
2020

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

Sisäilmastoseminaari

Rauni Kivistö (Attendee)
10 Mar 2020

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

International Journal of Food Microbiology (Journal)

Riikka Laukkanen-Ninios (Reviewer)
2020

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

Safe Pork 2019 conference

Elina Felin (Speaker)
26 Aug 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

11th International Conference on the MolecularBiology and Pathogenesis of the Clostridia

Noora Pernu (Attendee)
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

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

Karoliina Kettunen (Recipient), 19 Apr 2012

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