Course detail

Principles of Food Preservation

FCH-BCO_PUPAcad. year: 2017/2018

Theoretical and technological possibilities of the protection against undesirable changes of foodstuff. Physical, chemical and biological principles of food preservation. Abiotic a anabiotic methods of food preservation. Thermosterilation by heat, microwave and ohmic preocedures. Sterilation by ionising radiation. Sterilation in modified atmosphere, carbo dioxide or ultra high pressure. Drying, evaporation and osmosis. Preservation by chilling and freezing. Smoking, acidulation and alcoholisation. Application of chemical preservatives. Application of hurdles approach in food preservation.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Acquisition of theoretical knowledge and practical procedures during storage and processing of raw materials into food products with emphasis to prolongation of their shelf life and protection against environmental and microbial factors


Chemical engineering, physical chemistry, food chemistry, food analysis, biochemistry, microbiology, fundamentals of food processing


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

M. Shafiur Rahman: Handbook of Food Preservation, Marcel Dekker, 1999 (CS)
Davidson, P. M., Branen, A. L., Antimicrobials in Foods Marcel Dekker, Inc.: New York, 1993 (CS)
Hui, Y. H.: Handbook of Food Science, Technology and Engineering. Dekker/CRC Press, New York, USA, 2005. (CS)
Kadlec, P.; Melzoch, K.; Voldřich, M.: Technologie potravin - Přehled tradičních potravinářských výrob. KEY Publishing s.r.o., Ostrava-Přívoz, 2012, 588 s. ISBN 978-80-7418-145-0. (CS)
Kadlec, P.; Melzoch, K.; Voldřich, M.: Procesy a zařízení potravinářských a biotechnologických výrob. KEY Publishing s.r.o., Ostrava-Přívoz, 2013, 495 s. ISBN 978-80-7418-163-4. (CS)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course uses teaching methods in form of Lecture - 2 teaching hours per week. The e-learning system (LMS Moodle) is available to teachers and students.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Elaboration of written test (40 questions, overview of all topics). The results are counted in % and evaluated using ECTS system. Oral exam is included, if needed.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The course „Principles of Food Protection“ familiarizes students with theory and application procedures of raw material and food protection against to microbial, chemical and physical effects to assure an industrial production of safe, nutritional, and organoleptically valuable foodstuffs.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BPCP_CHTP Bachelor's

    branch BPCO_BT , 3. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, compulsory-optional

  • Programme BKCP_CHTP Bachelor's

    branch BKCO_BT , 3. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, compulsory-optional
    branch BKCO_PCH , 3. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, compulsory

  • Programme BPCP_CHTP Bachelor's

    branch BPCO_CHP , 3. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, compulsory

  • Programme CKCP_CZV lifelong learning

    branch CKCO_CZV , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer