UMIL – University of Milan

The Department of Veterinary Sciences and Technology for Food Safety, of the University of Milan was established on 1st January 2001. It is part of the Veterinary Faculty and is a teaching, research and consultancy institute concerned with veterinary science and technology applied to food inspection, animal feed, animal nutrition, veterinary toxicology, animal physiology, plant engineering for agriculture and livestock production, food chemistry, and other areas with the aim of ensuring the safety of food products of animal origin. The Department research activities on animal by-products in feedstuffs is focused on both microscopy and DNA based methods. In the Feed Technology Laboratory, Processed animal proteins (PAPs) are detected in feedstuffs by microscopic analysis associated with image analysis. This latter is performed by computerised image analysis that offer new possibilities for morphological and histological characterisation combined with morphometric measurements (particle number, area, radius, diameter, volume, and their structural relations) that provide accurate and reliable results for feedstuff characterisation, and food safety control. VSA has developed the use of image analysis for feed analysis.

Expertise in feedsafety projects

SAFEED-PAP (FP6) – Detection of presence of species-specific processed animal proteins in animal feed ( – project partner

Project team


Dr. Luciano Pinotti
Via Trentacoste, 2

Tel : +39 0250 31 57 42
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Luciano Pinotti, Antonella Baldi, Federica Bellagamba, Anna Campagnoli, Giovanni Savoini