Food Toxiciology (Graduate Study of Food Engineering )

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  • The history of toxicology and the role of toxicology as scientific discipline
  • Classification of toxic substances. Basic terms in toxicology
  • Quantitative aspects of toxicity. In vivo and in vitro toxicity tests
  • ADMET - Absorption, Distribution, Metabolism, Excretion and toxic effects of a toxicant
  • Target sites of xenobiotic activity. Toxicodynamics
  • Pesticides - residues in food and toxic effects
  • Heavy metals in food and toxic effects
  • Effects of processing on pesticide and heavy metal content of foods
  • Thermally induced toxicants in food


  • explain the basic principles and toxicological aspects of food processing in order to ensure food quality
  • evaluate (qualitatively and quantitatively) toxic effects, with particular emphasis on dose – response relationship of toxic substances and calculate basic toxicological and pharmacokinetic parameters
  • identify, define and classify toxins and toxicants that may be present in food, as well as toxicants that may arise during the household food processing and in the food processing industry
  • recognize the risk of environmental pollution, explain the mechanisms of xenobiotic-induced toxicity and report on potential adverse health effects for consumers
  • explain animal toxicity tests, as well as physical, chemical and biological methods for food toxicants analysis
  • select and apply alternative toxicity tests and interpret the results
  • identify, describe and explain factors that can, from the toxicological point of view, affect safety and quality of food, as well as, improve existing methods of food processing
  • describe the risk assessment and propose and revise toxic substances control acts
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