The world should be supplied with safe food which has been produced sustainably and ethically. This research community focuses on microbiology and control of safe and high quality meat production.
Zoonotic pathogens in meat chain
Zoonotic pathogens are microbes which can be transferred from animals to humans. We are focusing on the zoonotic pathogens which are transmitted to humans via meat. Production of safe meat starts already on the primary production where the risks have to be identified.
Research is also targeted to official control in the slaughterhouses, including modernization of meat inspection, slaughter hygiene and animal welfare, such as stunning of cattle, slaughter hygiene, on-farm ante-mortem meat inspection using video recording and uniformity of meat inspection in Finland.
Zoonotic Antimicrobial resistance
The epidemiology of bacterial antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is complex and include human behavior at many levels of society. The main driver for the development of AMR is the worldwide use of antimicrobials both in animals and humans. The global movement of foods, animals and humans further enable the rapid and wide spread of resistant bacteria. Research focuses on the epidemiology of multiresistant bacteria in food chain and aims to improve knowledge on the occurrence and transmission routes of antimicrobial resistant bacteria such as ESBL/pAmpC/Carbapenemase- producing Enterobacteriaceae and livestock-associated Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus along food chain. Studies also aim towards implementing strategies to prevent further development and spread of antimicrobial resistance in food production animals.