Department: Pathobiology and Population Sciences
Research Groups: Sustainable Food Systems
Research Centres: Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health
Niko works as a lecturer in farm animal health and food safety. His main responsibility in these areas is teaching but he contributes also in research.
Niko graduated in 1996 from the Veterinary School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. After a short time in mixed practice clinical work he moved to the UK in 2001 to work as Official Veterinarian in the supervision of meat producing establishments. Since then he has worked in many different roles and capacities in and around meat production and safety and also in related research programmes at the RVC. In 2003 he completed his MSc in Food Technology and Quality Assurance at the University of Reading. He is the author and co-author of a number of scientific reports and other publications, some of which had had significant impact in the modernisation of EC regulations in meat inspection throughout the European Union.
Niko's main areas of expertise are summed up below:
- Official Veterinarian / Food legislation and enforcement (>15 years)
- Technical management and consultancy in the meat industry (HACCP, BRC, RTA etc.) (>10 years)
- Meat quality, pathology and microbiology (>15 years)
- Data analysis & Risk Assessment in food business environments (>10 years)
- Research and scientific projects in meat production and safety related subjects (>10 years)
- Animal welfare at slaughter (>15 years)
Niko's main research interests and activities are around farm animal production and meat production, meat inspection and meat safety. He is also interested in the production health and safety of other animals and animal products, like bees, honey etc. Furthermore he is interested in animal welfare in general, and at slaughter in particular.
Within the context of IFSTAL Niko wants to learn and understand the complexity and interactions of food systems in general, and meat and other animal products in particular. He is especially interested in food sustainability and the environmental impact of foods of animal origin, particularly meat, but also in the economic and other drivers that affect and influence these systems.
In his career in the meat industry Niko has worked a lot on business performance, productivity, efficiencies etc. and would like to continue this in his current role, potentially in partnership or other cooperation forms with this industry
- Probabilistic modelling of events at evisceration during slaughtering of pigs using expert opinion: Quantitative data in support of stochastic models of risk of contamination. Crotta, M. et al (2019). Microbial Risk Analysis.https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352352218300033
- Cross-Sectional Study of T.gondii Infection in Pig Farms in England. Limon, G et al. (2017). Foodborne Pathogens and Disease. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28186826
- T. gondii detection in cattle – A slaughterhouse survey. Hosein, S et al (2016). Veterinary Parasitology. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27692313
- Effect of neck cut position on time to collapse in halal slaughtered cattle without stunning. Gibson, T et al (2015). Meat Science. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S030917401500087X
- Green offal inspection of cattle, small ruminants and pigs in the United Kingdom: Impact assessment of changes in the inspection protocol on likelihood of detection of selected hazards. Blagojevic, B et al (2015). Research in Veterinary Science. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25882639
- Strengths and weaknesses of meat inspection as a contribution to animal health and welfare surveillance (2014). Staerk, K et al. Food Control. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0956713513005835?via%3Dihub
- Contribution of meat inspection to animal health surveillance in Farmed Game. Dadios, N et al (2012). External Scientific Report. European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). https://efsa.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.2903/sp.efsa.2012.EN-323
- Contribution of meat inspection to animal health surveillance in Sheep and Goats. Hardstaff, J et al (2012). External Scientific Report. European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). https://efsa.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.2903/sp.efsa.2012.EN-320
- Dadios, N. et al (2014). ‘Chapter 4 - Disease monitoring in farmed game: The role of the abattoir meat inspection’, in Paulsen, P, Bauer A and Smulders, F.J.M. (ed) Trends in game meat hygiene. Wageningen Academic Publishers, pp 77-88. https://www.wageningenacademic.com/doi/book/10.3920/978-90-8686-790-5
BVetMed Undergraduate teaching in production animal health and food production and safety related subjects
Farm animal practicals teaching to undergarduate BVetMed students
Cross-university, interdisciplinary food systems training to improve food security and environmental outcomes.