Veterinary public health partim 2: Food and Environmental Chemistry

Course Code :1053FBDDIE
Study domain:Veterinary Medicine
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:1st/2nd semester
Contact hours:55
Study load (hours):140
Contract restrictions: Exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Dries Knapen
Adrian Covaci

3. Course contents *

The course Food and Environmental Chemistry discusses the following topics:

  • Introduction to the general and fundamental concepts of analytical chemistry (calibration methods, ...) and spectrophotometric analysis techniques (UV-VIS, infrared, ...).
  • Overview of the main food and environmental contaminants. Special attention is given to persistent organic pollutants.
  • Discussion of the relationship environment - food production / food chain.
  • Overview of specific analysis techniques of the main contaminant categories for use in envronmental, food and feed samplesm and their relevance for regulators and governments.
  • Analyis of protein, fat, carbohydrate and ash content of food and feed samples.
  • Overview and discussion of proximate (e.g. Weende, Van Soest) and non-invasive (e.g. NIRS) food/feed analysis methods and their applications.
  • Environmental risk assessment: principles, procedures, regulatory framework, ... and application of these concepts on a case study focusing on environmental risk assessment of veterinary pharmaceuticals.
  • Facts-based and balanced discussion of the relationship between agriculture, stock breeding and the environment, with a specific focus on climate change.
  • Discussion of the use of genetically modified crops for food and feed production: basic principles, regulatory framework, types of GM crops, societal debate, ...