FOOD08003 2019 Food Toxicology and Immunology

General Details

Full Title
Food Toxicology and Immunology
Transcript Title
Food Toxicology and Immunology
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Subject Area
FOOD - Food Science
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Thomas Smyth, Mary Garvey
Programme Membership
SG_SHUMA_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Human Nutrition

Food Toxicology and Immunology will provide a detailed and important understanding of the key areas of food pollution both chemical and biological. Sources of pollutants, routes of entry into the food chain and preventative measures will also be investigated. Organ disease and immune responses as a consequences of pollutant ingestion will be studied including hypersensitivities and food intolerances. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Understand and describe the science of toxicology and immunology


Describe the risk to human health posed by exposure to food pollutants


Describe the route of entry of chemical and biological contaminants into food items


Understand and describe the disease states associated with food pollutants and target organ toxicity


Describe toxicological pathology associated with food toxins


Describe a range of natural and anthropogenic food pollutants

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching will consist of 2 hour lectures weekly.

At least 4 hours of study is needed per week for the student

Case studies and interactive debates will also be used. 

Module Assessment Strategies

Assessment consists of a final exam 60% and continuous assessment cumulating to 40%.

CA will include critical long answer questions and MCQ type exams. 

Final examination must be passed to ensure successful completion of the module.

Repeat Assessments


Module Dependencies

CHEM06027 201900 Chemistry And Chemical Hazards 1 NUTR07012 201700 Advanced Nutrition

Indicative Syllabus

This module is designed to provide a level of knowledge on the area of food toxicology and immunology as expected at level 8 degree. Food toxicology will be studied in detail to ensure a level of understanding on the injury to living cells that food contamination may induce. The presence of chemical agents (anthropogenic) in food items will be detailed outlining the routes of entry of such pollutants and consequences of consumption. This module will first provide a introduction to toxicology and immunology with an in depth focus on food items as the module progresses. Concepts of toxicology such as metabolism, cytotoxicity, target organ/cell toxicity, mutagenesis and carcinogenesis will be studied as well as many disease states. Allergenic reactions, allergens and food intolerances will be another key component of this module, with a detailed study of the immune system and its disease states. Biological contamination of food is also an important component of the module with particular focus on mycotoxin, endotoxins, exotoxin, parasitic and microbial food pollution. The impact of such biological contamination of food on the health of the individual will be detailed. Natural toxins and heavy metals present in certain food items will also be studied in additional to man man chemicals such as pesticides and food additives. Additionally, food handling and disinfection techniques and how they impact food toxicology will be studied. Marine toxins in food and the role of water contamination and subsequent fish contamination on the food chain will be a key element of this module. The One Health Approach and how it aims to benefit both human and animal health and safety will also be studied to ensure students are up to date with current food production methods and guidelines. This module is aimed at providing students with the knowledge and understanding of this important area, enabling them to incorporate all concepts in to any area of employment. 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment Closed Book Exam 40 % Week 6 1,2,3,4

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Self directed study 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2016-11-28 Food Toxicology CRC Press
ISBN 1498708749 ISBN-13 9781498708746
Required Reading
2018-02-16 Food Toxicology: Current Advances and Future Challenges Apple Academic Press
ISBN 177188617X ISBN-13 9781771886178

Module Resources

Journal Resources

Journal of Food Science and Technology

Journal of Food Control

Journal of Food Security

URL Resources