Ensuring food safety is an important task of consumer health protection. Following the "farm-to-fork" principle, intensive cooperation between agricultural sciences, veterinary medicine, food technology and human medicine is necessary, which is expressed in the "One Health Concept". The aim is to ensure that safe foodstuffs are placed on the market that do not constitute a health hazard for the consumer.

As flows of food commodities become increasingly global and complex, international cooperation in the field of food safety is an important aspect. Food chains often only close up shortly before the consumer in the respective country. Developing human capacities in science and practice, monitoring, enforcement and counselling has an increasing priority on the ground in developing and emerging countries. The focus of research in the FoodBerlin "Food Safety" work area is on the prevention and control of food-associated pathogens that can be transmitted from animals to humans. Such zoonotic pathogens are found among viruses, bacteria and parasites. 

The focus is on:

  • Investigations on the introduction of zoonotic microorganisms into the food chain,
  • Description of the survival mechanisms of zoonotic microorganisms in the food chain
  • Development of strategies to minimise zoonotic microorganisms at different stages of the food chain
  • Epidemiological and molecular-epidemiological studies to determine the proliferation and transmission of zoonotic microorganisms in the environment and food chain.

Existing expertise: food hygiene, animal hygiene, environmental hygiene, food microbiology, microbial stress response, molecular epidemiology of zoonotic agents, disinfectants, antibiotic-resistant microorganisms.

Contact person:

Prof. Dr. Thomas Alter
Institute of Food Safety and Hygiene, FU Berlin

Prof. Dr. Uwe Rösler
Institute for Animal and Environmental Hygiene, FU Berlin