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Food Forensics & Toxicology

Food Forensics
Fraud with food can lead to economic damage to the food business, loss of consumers’ confidence in products and it can bring along health hazards. This minor offers students the possibility to become competent in several aspects of fraud detection in the food business focusing on the detection, investigation and prevention of food crime. In the minor knowledge of different disciplines is offered and integrated namely food technology, forensic sciences and chemical and biological detection methods. Students will follow specified courses about food defense, food fraud, food technology, detection strategies and analytical techniques. ‘True food crime stories’ will be analyzed and reconstructed. Chemical and biological forensic analysis methods will be weighed and used as conclusive evidence. With the acquired knowledge students will carry out their own investigations in food fraud.

Does a certain substance in food pose a health hazard? Is waste dumping damaging to the
environment? How do you determine if a substance contributed to an unnatural death?
Students acquire the theoretical knowledge and practical skills that are necessary to answer
these kinds of questions. Various (forensic) toxicological examples will be discussed by
several (external) experts. After that the students will apply their newly-acquired knowledge in a (forensic) toxicological case-study, in which method-development, toxicological interpretation and compiling a report are the focal points.


Food Forensics
• Obtain insight into food forensic issues and case studies
• Obtain insight into forensic investigation methods within the food sector
• Obtain insight into and obtain affinity with production processes of food
• Gain insight into quality and information management (eg HACCP, TACCP, VACCP)
• Understand and apply advanced chemical and molecular biological analysis techniques that are relevant for the theme of food forensics
• The student obtains knowledge about and applies (advanced) data analysis techniques
• Obtain knowledge of relevant legal frameworks

Forensic Toxicology
• Obtain knowledge in the field of toxicology (including toxicokinetics and toxicodynamics, organ toxicology, risk assessment, post-mortem toxicology)
• Obtain insight into toxicological assays
• Apply methods for detection of substances and study toxicological responses
• Carry out a scientific toxicological literature study
• Gain insight into legal frameworks concerning the use of drugs
• Obtain insight into pathological responses
• Understanding the procedure of an autopsy (incl. case studies)
• Expand experience in (forensic) analytical chemistry
• Interpreting forensic toxicological data

Aanvullende informatie

Maximum number of participants is 24

Language teaching is Englisch (Dutch if no foreign students participate)

In case of a low number of applications for the minor, the minor may not be offered. After closing the registration period, you will be informed as soon as possible (no later than 21 December 2018).


At least 100 EC obtained in a course in Forensic Sciences, Chemistry, Food, Life Sciences or related study. The student should have basic knowledge of biochemistry and some laboratory experience (chemical and / or (molecular) biological).

Deliver documents for entry requirements: Based on the study program of the external student, the course coordinator determines which specific documents must be submitted.

Minimaal 100 EC behaald in een opleiding op het gebied van Forensic Sciences, Chemie, Voeding, Life Sciences of een aanverwante studie. Basiskennis omtrent biochemie en ervaring met het werken op het laboratorium (chemisch en/of (moleculair) biologisch).

Documenten aanleveren voor ingangseisen: Op basis van de studierichting van de externe student stelt de coördinator vast welke specifieke documenten aangeleverd moeten worden.


• Theoretical exam (written): mark
• Practical assignment Food defense & fraud *: mark
• Case study Food Fraud*: mark
• Case study Toxicology*: mark
* These assessments apply per working group, but will be individual if necessary.

Rating scale: Mark (1-10, 0,1 increments)


Casarett & Doull’s Essentials of Toxicology, 9780071847087


• Lectures including various guest lectures
• Tutorials
• Work meetings / tutor groups
• Practicals
• Drafting a research proposal
• Perform research
• Presentation / jury discussions
• Report
• Field trips
• Self-study
30 EC= 840 h in total

It is assumed that students can be available from Monday to Friday. Scheduling varies per week.