Spausdinti

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
  • 2021: Sonata Gustienė "Creation and application of biopreservation for quality and safety improvement of meat products" (scientific supervisor prof. dr. Gintarė Zaborskienė), Agricultural sciences, Animal Sciences.
  • 2021: Paulina Zavistanavičiūtė “Application of food industry by-products for microorganism’s encapsulation/immobilization and sustainable antimicrobial properties feed supplements preparation “(scientific supervisor prof. dr. Elena Bartkienė), Agricultural sciences, Animal sciences.
  • 2020: Jurgita Aksomaitienė “The phenotypic antimicrobial resistance of Campylobacter jejuni strains and whole genome sequence-based prediction of resistance determinants“ (scientific supervisor prof. dr. Mindaugas Malakauskas), Agricultural sciences, Veterinary.
  • 2020: Lina Laučienė “Analysis of changes in the composition of dairy fat to develop the computer program for screening of fatty acids in raw milk“ (scientific supervisor prof. dr. Loreta Šernienė), Agricultural sciences, Veterinary.
  • 2019: Kristina Kondrotienė “Characterization of bacteriocin producing Lactococcus lactis and their application for dairy products safety improvement“ (scientific supervisor prof. dr. Mindaugas Malakauskas), Agricultural sciences, Veterinary.
  • 2018: 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.
  • 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
  • Justina Milerienė "Application of innovative bio-raw materials and lactic acid bacteria for the development of safer and higher value dairy products" (scientific supervisor prof. dr. Mindaugas Malakauskas), Agricultural sciences, Veterinary.
  • Dainius Uljanovas "Antimicrobial susceptibility testing, virulence profiling and whole genome sequence-based analysis of Arcobacter spp." (scientific supervisor prof. dr. Mindaugas Malakauskas, consultant prof. dr. Thomas Alter), Agricultural sciences, Veterinary.
  • Gintarė Vaičiūlienė „Use of biological compounds in the elimination of mycotoxins in feed, improving the hygiene quality“ (scientific supervisor assoc. prof. dr. Violeta Baliukonienė), Agricultural sciences, Animal Sciences.
  • Rimvydas Falkauskas „Biotransformation of zearalenone, its derivatives and other mycotoxins in dairy cows and organism response" (scientific supervisor assoc. prof. dr. Violeta Baliukonienė), Agricultural sciences, Veterinary.
  • Eglė Zokaitytė „Sustainable application of local agricultural resources for the development of nutraceutical formulas and technologies“ (scientific supervisor prof. dr. Elena Bartkienė), Agricultural sciences, Animal sciences.

 

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


  • Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) with partnership of Freie Universitaet Berlin (FUB) implement the Baltic-German University Liaison Office project “Improving microbial food safety by implementing genomics approaches” (MIFOSAGEN) supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic Germany. Project activities are lead by prof. Mindaugas Malakauskas (the Department of Food Safety and Quality, Veterinary Faculty, Veterinary Acedemy, LSMU) and prof. Thomas Alter (the Institute of Food Safety and Food Hygiene, Department of Veterinary Medicine, FUB). The main goal of this project is to develop and increase research competence and innovative capabilities in the field of bacterial genome research at LSMU. The implementation of the project will include lecture cycles, research in collaboration with both project partners and a final seminar that will allow us to present the acquired knowledge and research results to a wider audience.
    Upcoming event: we are pleased to invite you to join the 6th and 7th lectures of the Joint lecture series of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Kaunas, Lithuania (LSMU) and Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany (FUB). The link to join webinar lecture can be found here: „Microbial genomics and molecular food safety” the 6th seminar, "Microbial genomics and molecular food safety" the 7th seminar. This Joint Lecture Series of the Baltic-German University Liaison Office is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic Germany.

  • 2021 – 2023 EEA Financial Mechanism project “The edible coating formulated with liquid acid whey protein and bioactive compounds, and biopackaging for safety and quality of probiotic cheese (BIOCOAT)”. Project leader: prof., dr. M. Malakauskas, participants: prof., dr. L. Šernienė, dr. K. Kondrotienė, dr. J. Aksomaitienė. J. Milerienė, D. Uljanovas.
  • 2021-2022 International project "EISuFood - Study about food habits and knowledge about edible insects as sustainable foods". Coordinator Polytechnic Institute of Viseu, LSMU project part coordinator prof. dr. E. Bartkienė.
  • 2020-2022 European Social Fund Cohesion Fund and European Regional Development Fund project No 09.3.1-ESFA-V-738-04-0001 „LSMU studijų kokybės ir susijusių procesų gerinimas didinant žmogiškųjų išteklių potencialą“. Participants: assoc. prof. dr. A. Kabašinskienė, dr. Jurgita Jovaišienė.
  • 2019-2023 COST action No CA18217 „European Network for Optimization of Veterinary Antimicrobial treatment (ENOVAT)”. MC Member assoc. prof. dr. A. Novoslavskij, MC Substitute prof. dr. M. Malakauskas.
  • 2019-2022 m. COST action No CA18101 “Sourdough biotechnology network towards novel, healthier and sustainable food and bioprocesses” (SOURDOmICS), MC Member prof. dr. E. Bartkienė, MC Substitute dr. V. Lėlė.
  • 2018 – 2021 project funded by Lithuanian Rural Development Programme „Pieninių karvių bandų sveikatingumo gerinimas optimizuojant gyvūnų gerovę ir panaudojant biopreparatus bei fitopreparatus, mažinant antibiotikų naudojimą ir patogeninių mikroorganizmų atsparumo antibiotikams išsivystymą (No 35BV-KK-17-1-03773). Participants: assoc. prof. dr. A. Novoslavskij, dr. A. Gabinaitienė.
  • 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.