Strengthening capacity in the field of pork safety and quality in the small Food business operators




General Data

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Veterinary faculty  

Name of the leading partner



leading partner  

Project code/ Projet No


Project Title

Strengthening capacity in the field of pork safety and quality in the small Food business operators  

Project period


Yearly sum of FTE

4.800 eur  


assoc. prof. Urška Jamnikar Ciglenečki, PhD  

Scientific field

Biotechnical sciences/Veterinarian medicine/Sanitary protection of animal origin food  


University of Belgrade, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Serbia  


Project description

The safety and quality issue of food in the meat production chain allows for the placement of a safe product of good quality and safety on the market. To ensure this, it is necessary to look at possible sources of contamination by pathogenic microorganisms. According to the European Food Safety Authority report (2014), the key biological risks in the pork chain are: Salmonella, Yersinia enterocolitica, Toxoplasma gondii, Trichinella and Mycobacteria. Veterinary control on the slaughter line ensures meat testing on Trichinella, and in large part on tuberculosis alterations. Therefore, there is a need to examine key pathogens, which can not be detected by classical examination, such as Salmonella and Yersinia. According to data from EFSA, Salmonella and Yersinia are pathogenic microorganisms that are in second and third place in frequency as foodborne pathogens. Also, the treatment of animals before and during slaughter can significantly contribute to the excretion of these microorganisms by feces and result in greater contamination in the food chain. Appropriate pre-slaughter treatment of pigs is of great importance, from the standpoint of animal welfare and carcass as well as quality of pork. The Republic of Slovenia, as a member of the European Union, recognized the importance of small producers through the application of appropriate regulations and their role in the food chain, while Serbia is currently in the phase of introducing new regulations that make it easier for these producers to do business but that does not jeopardize the hygiene conditions. 


Structure of the project group 

izr. dr. Urška Jamnikar Ciglenečki
prof. dr. Andrej Kirbiš
prof. dr. Silvestra Kobal
izred. prof. dr. Marina Štukelj
dr. Manja Križman
Petra Raspor Lainšček

izred. prof. dr. Nedjeljko Karabasil
Nikola Čobanović
Marko Dmitrić
Miloš Arsić


Bibliographiy references

ČOBANOVIĆ, Nikola, JAMNIKAR CIGLENEČKI, Urška, KIRBIŠ, Andrej, KRIŽMAN, Manja, ŠTUKELJ, Marina, KARABASIL, Nedjeljko. Impact of various housing conditions on the occurrence of pathological lesions in slaughtered pigs. Veterinarski glasnik : časopis Saveza veterinara i veterinarskih tehničara Jugoslavije. 2019, vol. 3, no. 1, str. 17-29.