Food Safety and Control

Finland has long-lasting traditions in controlling zoonotic diseases, restricting the use of antibiotics, and rigorously controlling microbiological and chemical food safety. These measures have formed a firm basis for safe and high-quality Finnish foods. These achievements are due to both high-quality fundamental and applied food safety and quality research as well as close interactions between researchers, authorities, and industries. However, increasing complexity of food and health systems, mobility, antimicrobial resistance, and fraudulent practices in food production and distribution create new challenges for the future. 

Over the recent decades efforts to support food industry's functionality and variety of industry practices and products have led to harmonization of legislation and flexible interpretation of regulations. This has created new and re-emerging public health hazards, and thereby challenged risk assessment and management in food safety systems.

In Helsinki One Health, we combine fundamental and epidemiological food safety research with the multidisciplinary fields of food safety risk assessment and food safety control research to produce novel means for risk assessment as well as agile control measures for risk management in complex food systems, employing state-of-the-art wet-lab and in silico approaches in order to develop novel strategies to manage antimicrobial resistance.

Principal investigators

Johanna
Björkroth
Professor
Food Hygiene and Environmental Health
Field of science Veterinary science, Plant biology, microbiology, virology, Food Science
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Maria
Fredriksson-Ahomaa
Professor
Food Hygiene and Environmental Health
Field of science Veterinary science
Annamari
Heikinheimo
Assistant Professor
Food Hygiene and Environmental Health
Field of science Veterinary science
Marina
Heinonen
Professor
Department of Food and Nutrition
Field of science Food Science
Anna
Hielm-Björkman
Clinical Instructor
Equine and Small Animal Medicine
Field of science Veterinary science
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Rauni
Kivistö
University Lecturer
Food Hygiene and Environmental Health
Field of science Veterinary science
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Hannu
Korkeala
Field of science Veterinary science
Riikka
Laukkanen-Ninios
University Lecturer
Food Hygiene and Environmental Health
Field of science Veterinary science
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Miia
Lindström
Food Hygiene and Environmental Health
Field of science Veterinary science
Janne
Lunden
Associate Professor
Food Hygiene and Environmental Health
Field of science Veterinary science
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Leena
Maunula
University Lecturer
Food Hygiene and Environmental Health
Field of science Veterinary science

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Vieno
Piironen
Professor
Department of Food and Nutrition
Field of science Food Science, Chemical sciences
Tarja
Pitkänen
Associate Professor
Food Hygiene and Environmental Health
Field of science Veterinary science, Environmental sciences, Public health care science, environmental and occupational health, Environmental engineering, Microbiology and virology
Raimo
Pohjanvirta
Professor
Food Hygiene and Environmental Health
Field of science Veterinary science
Päivi
Rajala-Schultz
Professor
Production Animal Medicine
Field of science Veterinary science
Antti
Sukura
Professor
Veterinary Biosciences
Field of science Veterinary science
Marko
Virta
Professor
Department of Microbiology
Field of science Microbiology and virology, Environmental sciences, Other agricultural sciences