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Department of Food Safety and Quality

Head
Prof. Mindaugas Malakauskas
Email: mindaugas.malakauskas@lsmuni.lt

Study administrator
Dovilė Kačinskaitė
Email: dovile.kacinskaite@lsmuni.l

 

About us

The Department of Food Safety and Quality (DFSQ) is one of three veterinary departments at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences. The department covers a broad spectrum of food hygiene, safety and quality issues including animal hygiene, welfare topics and meat inspection. We teach for Veterinary Medicine, Food Safety, Food Science and Animal Science study programs students at the bachelor and master science levels: Food Hygiene and technology (milk, meat, fish, vegetative food), Animal Hygiene, Animal Welfare, Food Microbiology, Food Quality Management, HACCP, Food toxicology etc. The department researchers are among the most excellent in microbiological food safety, food fermentation and mycotoxins in feed. The objectives of the Department are:

  • to provide a comprehensive educational experience for undergraduate and graduate students that ensures scientific and technical competencies.
  • To promote development of an integration network that enhances university and industry collaboration
  • To cooperate with consumers, industry, and governmental groups regarding food and animals related issues through teaching, research, and joint development programs.

 

Studies

The Department provides teaching in 3 main subject groups: food hygiene and technology (including meat inspection and slaughterhouse hygiene for veterinary medicine students), animal hygiene and welfare, Food Quality and Safety management.

The Department provides teaching for students from Veterinary (veterinary medicine, veterinary food safety and food science specialities) and Animal Husbandry faculties. Lectures, seminars and courses are taught for students of integral studies (veterinary medicine), first, second (veterinary food safety, food science, animal husbandry, management of animal resource and bio-business management) and third (veterinary medicine and animal husbandry) levels.

Forthcoming veterinarians have disciplines of Food Hygiene and Technology (meat, milk, fish, Vegetative products hygiene, HACCP, public health, inspection and control including practice at slaughterhouses), Veterinary Hygiene and Animal Welfare, Ecology and Protection of Nature, Veterinary Radiobiology and X-ray Imaging.

Students of Veterinary Food Safety programme study subjects related to food hygiene, safety and quality. Students also have Practice in Food Processing Enterprises and at the end of the 4-th year they have Industrial Practice.

Students of Food Sciences programme study subjects related to food processing technologies and food quality. Third year students have Industrial Practice of the Main Food Raw Materials and Products Technology and Industrial Practice.

Students of Animal Husbandry faculty mainly study Processing Technologies of Animal Origin Food and Animal Hygiene at our department.

Master students of all study programmes deepen their knowledges in areas of Food safety, risk and quality management, Food processing and technology, Food biotechnology and study Applied Research of Food Science. At the end of their studies Master students have Practice.

 

Defended PhD dissertations

  • 2018: Anita Rokaitytė “Application of chemical and biological substances for quality and safety improvement of meat preparations and products“ (scientific supervisor prof. dr. Gintarė Zaborskienė), Agricultural sciences, Veterinary.
  • 2018: Gintarė Zakarienė “The application of biologically active compounds and antibacterial properties expressing surfaces for the control of Campylobacter jejuni in poultry processing“ (scientific supervisor prof. dr. Mindaugas Malakauskas), Agricultural sciences, Veterinary.
  •  2017: Vita Krunglevičiūtė (Lėlė) “Biotechnological solutions for dairy cattle feed preservation and their influence on cattle health parameters and production quality“ (scientific supervisor prof. dr. Elena Bartkienė), Agricultural sciences, Zootechnics.
  • 2017: Jurgita Jovaišienė “Evaluation of hygienic indicators of ensiled feed and secondary metabolites of fungi and risk assessment for cattle health“ (scientific supervisor prof. dr. Bronius Bakutis), Agricultural sciences, Veterinary.
  • 2016: Erika Mozūrienė “Application of solid-state fermentation for development of higher value and safe food products“, (scientific supervisor prof. dr. Elena Bartkienė), Agricultural sciences, Zootechnics.
  • 2016: Jūratė Šlapkauskaitė “Evaluation and application of antimicrobial, phytochemical and antioxidant activity of plants and their axtracts for safet of fermented dairy products“, (scientific supervisor prof. dr. Dalia Sekmokienė), Agricultural sciences, Veterinary.
  • 2015: Sigita Ramonaitė “Novel and dominant sequences types of Campylobacter jejuni, phylogenetic analysis and their attribution to human campylobacteriosis“, (scientific supervisor prof. dr. Mindaugas Malakauskas), Agricultural sciences, Veterinary.
  • 2014: Rasa Vaitukaitytė “The influence of pododermathitis, arthritis-tendovaginitis and leg bone deformities on meat quality“ (scientific supervisor prof. dr. Gražina Januškevičienė), Agricultural sciences, Veterinary.
  • 2013: Jurgita Bunevičienė “Genetic diversity and antimicrobial resistance of Campylobacter spp. Isolated from broiler meat and humans“ (scientific supervisor prof. dr. Mindaugas Malakauskas), Agricultural sciences, Veterinary.
  • 2013: Aleksandr Novoslavskij “Prevalence of enteropathogenic Yersinia enterocolitica and Yersinia pseudotuberculosis in pigs in Lithuania and characterization of isolated strains“, (scientific supervisor prof. dr. Mindaugas Malakauskas), Agricultural sciences, Veterinary.
  • 2012: Vidmantas Paulauskas “Influence bursal lesions and ascites of turkeys on meat quality (scientific supervisor prof. dr. Gražina Januškevičienė), Agricultural sciences, Veterinary.
  • 2010: Eglė Kudirkienė “Prevalence, genetic diversity and survival properties of Campylobacter jejuni in the broiler meat production chain in Lithuania“ (scientific supervisor prof. dr. Mindaugas Malakauskas), Biomedical sciences, Veterinary.
  • 2009: Rūta Mickienė “Antimicrobial activity of essential oils in environment animals“ (scientific supervisor prof. dr. Bronius Bakutis), Biomedical sciences, Veterinary.

 

Upcoming PhD dissertations defense

  • Kristina Kondrotienė “Characterization of bacteriocin producing Lactococcus lactis bacteria and their application for safety improvement of dairy products“ (scientific supervisor prof. dr. Mindaugas Malakauskas), Agricultural sciences, Veterinary.
  • Jurgita Aksomaitienė “The phenotypic resistance to antimicrobial agents of Campylobacter jejuni and polymorphism studies of genes encoding antibiotic resistance“ (scientific supervisor prof. dr. Mindaugas Malakauskas), Agricultural sciences, Veterinary.
  • Vytautė Šakienė “Biotechnological solutions for preparation of sustainable and safe plant proteins through the use of low-waste and/or non-waste technologies“ (scientific supervisor prof. dr. Elena Bartkienė), Agricultural sciences, Zootechnics.
  • Paulina Zavistanavičiūtė “Valorization of food industry by-products for the microorganisms encapsulation/immobilization and their incorporation to sustainable antimicrobial feed/feed additives formulations“ (scientific supervisor prof. dr. Elena Bartkienė), Agricultural sciences, Zootechnics.
  • Lina Laučienė “Analysis of changes in the food of animal origin in terms of quality of the finished product “ (scientific supervisor prof. dr. Loreta Šernienė), Agricultural sciences, Veterinary.

 

Research

There are 5 research groups, the focus of which are microbiological food safety, meat quality, mycotoxins in feed, food fermentation and animal behavior and welfare (research groups led by Prof. M. Malakauskas, Prof. G. Zaborskienė, Prof. B. Bakutis, Prof. L. Šernienė, Prof. E. Bartkienė, and Dr. J. Kučinskienė, respectively). The research is closely connected to the practical problems arising in these areas. The main international partners in these fields of research are the Department of Veterinary Disease Biology at the University of Copenhagen, Institute of Food Hygiene at the Free University of Berlin, Institute of Animal Hygiene, Animal Welfare and Farm Animal Behavior of the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation, The University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna.

 

Current research projects

  • 2018-2021, Research project "INOSŪRIS" funded by the European Regional Development Fund according to the supported activity 'Research Projects Implemented by World-class Researcher Groups' under Measure No. 01.2.2-LMT-K-718. Project leader: prof. dr. M. Malakauskas.
  • 2017-2021, Research project "EUNUTRITECH" funded by the European Regional Development Fund according to the supported activity 'Research Projects Implemented by World-class Researcher Groups' under Measure No. 01.2.2-LMT-K-718. Project leader: prof. dr. V. Jakštas, participants: prof. dr. E. Bartkienė and others.
  • 2017-2020, Research project "EMOPSYCHOSCREEN" funded by by the Research Council of Lithuania (RCL), Projects carried out by researchers' teams No. P-MIP-17-49, Project leader on behalf of partner institution: prof. dr. V. Adomaitienė, participants: prof. dr. E. Bartkienė and others.
  • 2017-2019, Research project "Advanced manure standards for sustainable nutrient management and reduced emissions". Project coordinator: Natural Resources Institute Finland. Project leader on behalf of partner institution: dr. V. Ribikauskas.
  • 2017-2019, Project "Higher Education for Central Asia Food Systems and Standards (HECAFS)" funded by Erasmus+ program, No 574005-EPP-1-2016-1-LV-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP. Project coordinator: Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies. Project leader on behalf of partner institution: dr. A. Šarlauskas.
  • 2016-2019, Research project "Psycho-social motivations associated with food choices and eating practices" funded by Portugal research council. Project coordinator: Polytechnic Institute of Viseu. Project leader on behalf of partner institution: prof. dr. E. Bartkienė.
  • 2018, Project INOČEKIAI LT "Preparation for the development of innovative products" 01.2.1-MITA-K-824; Project leader: prof. dr. E. Bartkienė.
  • 2017-2018, Research project "Swedish/Baltic cooperation for low bacterial resistance, human health, environment, animal welfare". Project coordinator: Swedish Institute - Cooperation in the Baltic Sea region. Project leader on behalf of partner institution: dr. V. Ribikauskas.
  • 2017-2018, project funded by Lithuanian Rural Development Programme "Finding the connection between fatty acid composition in milk and dairy products". Project leader: prof. dr. L. Šernienė.
  • 2015-2018, Project, funded by the Research Council of Lithuania "Investigation of nucleotide polymorphisms in antibiotics resistance genes of Campylobacter jeuni assigned to the new and dominant MLST sequence types", MIP-041/2015 (reg. Nо. MIP-15548); Project leader: prof. dr. M. Malakauskas.
  • 2015- 2018, Project, funded by the Research Council of Lithuania "New Lactococcus lactis bacteria producing bacteriocins and their application for dairy food preservation (BIOLACTIS) ". Executing agency: Vytautas Magnus University, partner: Lithuanian University of Health Sciences; Project leader on behalf of partner institution: prof. dr L. Šernienė.