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Safety and Health Effects of Aquatic Food



Course format Online
Date 2020-08-31 - 2020-12-11

General course objectives

The objective of the course is to provide the students with an overview of both the potential hazards and the human health benefits of aquatic food consumption. This course provides students with key information for risk assessment, risk management (HACCP) and risk-benefit analysis in relation to aquatic food processing, packaging, distribution and consumption.


The course includes e-learning with webinars and it is important that students have access to Internet and can be reached by e-mail. The course will allow student to identify hazards and to discuss how processing, distribution and consumption will influence safety and health effects of aquatic food. Relevant biological and chemical hazards in aquatic food are presented including pathogenic bacteria, viruses, parasites, aquatic biotoxins, histamine/biogenic amines and industrial and environmental contaminants. Quantitative microbial ecology, mathematical modelling and software are included for evaluation and management of hazards during processing and distribution of aquatic food to the end-consumers. Functional aquatic food components (omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, proteins/peptides, taurine, selenium, iodine, chitosan, antioxidants, polysaccharides, macro algae) and their beneficial human health effects are presented and evaluated in relation to regulations, health claims and risk benefit analysis.

Learning outcomes

A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:

  • Describe basic concepts of aquatic food risk analysis.
  • Apply the HACCP system for safety management of aquatic food.
  • Describe human health benefits of aquatic food consumption.
  • Evaluate and compare risks and human health benefits of aquatic food consumption.
  • Explain human health benefits of specific functional aquatic food components.
  • Analyse data from databases about aquatic food-borne diseases outbreaks.
  • Apply predictive microbiology software to evaluate microbial hazards in aquatic foods.
  • Review, analyse and present data in a synthetic report.


ISCED Categories

Scientific modelling