2023-2024 / VETE0463-2

Biological risks linked to food


24h Th, 8h Mon. WS

Number of credits

 Advanced Master in Specialised Veterinary Medicine (Registrations are closed)2 crédits 


Georges Daube, Frédéric Farnir, Philippe Jacques, Claude Saegerman


Georges Daube

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

* Main foodborne pathogens: helminths, protozoa, bacteria, viruses, mycotoxins, marine biotoxins, biogenic amines and non conventional transmissible agents.
* Characteristic of the main bacteria responsible of foodborne poisoning : Salmonella, Yersinia, E. coli O157 entérohémorragique, Yersinia enterocolitica entéropathogène, Campylobacter, Vibrio cholerae, Vibro parahaemolyticus, Vibrio vulnificus, Staphylococcus aureus, Clostridium perfringens, Bacillus cereus, Clostridium botulinum, Listeria monocytogenes. * Main spoiling and technological micro-organisms. *Management of the shelf life of foodstuffs by producers.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

* At the end of this course, the student will know the main characteristics of biological agents foods: taxonomy, physiology, virulence, reservoirs, sources of contamination, foods associated control measures.
* He should also be able to propose solutions to fight against pathogens and spoilage flora and sought to promote positive micro-organisms in the main food categories
* Finally, he will know the procedure and will be able to perform a simple exercise of food quantitative microbiological risk assessment.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

This specialized Master is available on the record holders of the degree in veterinary medicine or an equivalent degree. For admission requirements, see: http://www.ulg.ac.be/cms/a_15711/admissions Basic knowledge in microbiology required for a proper understanding of education.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

* Tutorials consisting of an evaluation exercise carried out in quantitative risk assessment in a computer room

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

24 hours of lectures and 8 hours of tutorials

Recommended or required readings

Via eCampus

Oral examination after short period of preparation

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


  • Pr. Georges Daube, professor
  • Pr. Frédéric Farnir, professor
  • Pr Claude Saegerman, professor
  • Pr Philippe Jacques, professor
  • Elisa Martinez, assistant
  • Mme Christine Bal, secretary

Université de Liège, Faculté de Médecine Vétérinaire, Département des Sciences des Denrées alimentaires, Bld de Colonster, 20. Sart-Tilman, B43bis, Liège, Belgique
tél : +32-4-366 40 15 (40 40)
fax : +32-4-366 40 54
E-mail : Georges.Daube@uliege.be; F.Farnir@uliege.be; Claude.Saegerman@uliege.be; emartinez@uliege.be; Christine.bal@uliege.be

Website : http://www.dda.ulg.ac.be/

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