Research at the Department of Food Hygiene and Environmental Health is focused on food hygiene, environmental hygiene, toxicology, and environmental health care control. In addition, research is conducted in safe and sustainable meat chain. Research on environmental health care control complements research in molecular biology well. Together, they make up a strong area of expertise in food and environmental hygiene.

The research is firmly grounded in the practical issues of food safety. This research of a high standard is based on modern research methods whose mastery is emphasised also in researcher education. One important focus area at the Department is research in functional genomics, which enables, for example, recognition of genes responsible for cold tolerance in bacteria.

From 2008 to 2013, the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Microbial Food Safety Research, designated by the Academy of Finland, operated at the Department in cooperation with the Department of Veterinary Biosciences. Further information on the website of the Academy of Finland.

Research conducted at the Department has been evaluated as being of a high international standard. The research is regularly evaluated with the help of international committees. In the latest evaluation conducted in 2012, the Department’s success continued with a score of 24 out of 25. Previous evaluations have also been successful, with particular praise given for the research management, researcher education programme and business relations of the Department.