Institute of Food Chain Science
Department of Digital Food Science

Welcome to the website of the Department of Digital Food Science!

The Department started its work as the Digital Food Institute (DFI) on April 1, 2020 at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Budapest, which is one of the most important places for the training of food safety professionals in Hungary. The unit integrates food chain safety data analysis and research along the whole food chain and takes networking in this area to a new level. We aim to be an internationally recognized hub of experts and researchers in the field of food chain safety data analysis.

The 2022 Zoonoses Report is out

In 2022, campylobacteriosis and salmonellosis were the most commonly reported zoonotic diseases in humans in the EU. The number of cases was still lower than in the years 2018-2019 before the pandemic. An increase in the number of infections was observed for West Nile fever.

Workshop on emerging risk identifiation

On 6 December 2023, between 10:00 and 15:00, the University of Veterinary Medicine and the National Food Chain Safety Office (Nébih) held a joint workshop on the identification of emerging risks.

Feb 26
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The BfR is organising an international symposium on Genotoxic Compounds Risk Assessment - Challenges and Future Perspectives from 26 to 28 February 2024 in Berlin.

March 20
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The European Commission’s annual flagship research and innovation event brings together policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs, and the public to debate and shape the future of research and innovation in Europe and beyond.

Apr 30
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Since 2005, IAFP's European Symposium has been shaping the future of food safety by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas with colleagues from across Europe working in industry, government, and academia. The Symposium is an excellent forum to gain knowledge about the latest developments and techniques in food science and safety. The symposium will be held 30 April - 2 May in Geneva, Switzerland.

Microbiological risks of plant-based products

The market for plant-based meat and dairy substitutes has grown significantly in recent years, thanks to increasing consumer demand. First seed milks appeared on the shelves, followed by plant-based alternatives to cheese. These new products differ in terms of composition and production, and can therefore pose a variety of risks when consumed.

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Potential health impacts of quaternary ammonium compounds

Quaternary ammonium compounds (QACs) are a diverse group of chemicals discovered in the 1940s, primarily used in antimicrobials, disinfectants, sanitizers, and surfactants. Studies indicate increased human exposure to QACs and environmental releases in recent years, partially due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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