The focus of research at the Institute of Food Hygiene is on food microbiology. The Institute supervises molecular epidemiology studies. In addition, strategies are developed that are intended to reduce selected zoonotic pathogens in the food chain. This includes the use of probiotics and bacteriophages.
One research group at the Institute studies Campylobacter bacteria, a group of zoonotic agents that are transmitted via food and can cause inflammatory diarrhea in humans. The Vibrio research group studies Vibrio, bacteria that are found in coastal waters or fish farms and worldwide are increasingly causing more infections after the consumption of fish and seafood.
The Institute of Food Hygiene carries out microbiological, sensory, and histological studies for the scientific institutions of the Department of Veterinary Medicine and for private customers and companies. It has been registered as an accredited testing laboratory since 1999. It also conducts official cross-sample tests (microbiological and histological) and formulates expert assessments.