Institute of Food Hygiene (WE08)

Address: Königsweg 69
Building 36
14163 Berlin

Director: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Alter
Phone: +49 30 838 62550



The Institute of Food Hygiene offers lectures and courses in food hygiene and milk hygiene. It is involved in post-gradual education in cooperation with the University of Leipzig. The Institute carries out microbiological, sensory and histological testing of food and obtained the status as an accredited laboratory in 1999. Microbiological testing includes detection of foodborne pathogens, spoilage microorganisms and stability assays.

Research activities are focused on different aspects of food microbiology, e. g. isolation of foodborne pathogens, characterisation of foodborne pathogens and microbial stress response. In addition molecular-epidemiological studies are performed. Furthermore, strategies to reduce selected foodborne pathogens along the food chain (e. g. by application of probiotics or bacteriophages) are investigated.

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