Toxicology: Detection of Contaminants and Illicit Substances

A.Y. 2020/2021
3
Max ECTS
32
Overall hours
SSD
VET/07
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course will provide the student with useful tools to recognize the risk linked to the presence of illicit substance residues and environmental contaminants in products of animal origin. To this aim, the methods of controls carried out in Italy and the European regulations on residues in products of animal origin will be treated. At the end of the course, also through practical exercises, the student must be able to carry out critical assessments concerning the residues in food.
Expected learning outcomes
The course is aimed to make students aware of topics of food toxicology, related to the use of drugs, substances illicitly used in animal husbandry or the presence of contaminants in food of animal origin. For this reason, elements of risk assessment will be provided, in particular risk characterization, through practical examples available from data in the literature. The laboratory practise will make students aware of the problems connected with the search for residues and therefore with the analysis of food matrices and the evaluation of results in the event of non-compliance.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
The classes will not undergo changes. Exercises will be in laboratory or, in accordance to eventual safety measures in the classroom. In this case topics related to residues will be discussed.
Course syllabus
Lessons:
Introduction to the course and brief mention to toxicology and regulatory aspects
Illicit drugs
Environmental contaminants
Controls for the presence of residues in Italy and Europe
Regulations and laws on residues of contaminants and illicit substances
Permitted drugs, illicitly administered
Case reports concerning the research of illicit substances in production and sports animals
Antibiotics and problems related to their presence in food
Exercises:
Analytical methods used for residue research, from screening to confirmation of results
Interactive example of the fate of non compliant samples
Practical execution of preparation and / or analysis techniques used in food control
Prerequisites for admission
No particular prerequisites are required.
Teaching methods
Frontal lessons supported by slides, concerning the whole course program. Laboratory toxicological analyses.
Teaching Resources
slides on Ariel
C. NEBBIA Residui di farmaci e Contaminanti Ambientali nelle Produzioni animali, Edises 2009
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists of an oral test.
VET/07 - VETERINARY PHARMACOLOGY AND TOXICOLOGY - University credits: 3
Practicals: 16 hours
Lessons: 16 hours
Professor: Arioli Francesco
Professor(s)
Reception:
on demand
VESPA building, ground floor