As part of the SPARE project (https://www.spare-europe.eu/), SAFOSO co-authored a paper recently published in Preventive Veterinary Medicine in which a multi-criteria pathogen prioritisation method is applied to selecting the most appropriate case studies for a generic risk assessment framework. The method is robust and flexible and can fulfil different needs. A web-based tool has been developed using the RStudio shiny apps software.Continue Reading
As part of a consortium consisting of the Vetsuisse Faculties of the Universities of Bern and Zurich, the training programme offered by SAFOSO is approved as preparing for the specialist exam conducted under the guidelines of the European College of Veterinary Public Health (https://www.ecvph.org/residency-and-training). We currently have two residents in training, Anais Leger (https://www.linkedin.com/in/ana%C3%AFs-l%C3%A9ger-0a6b2878/) and Violeta Munoz-Gomez (https://www.linkedin.com/in/violeta-mu%C3%B1oz-g%C3%B3mez90/).Continue Reading
As part of the ASF outreach project, SAFOSO published a paper in Frontiers in Veterinary Science describing the implementation of a regional training program on African Swine Fever in the Caucasus Region (Ukraine, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Georgia). The project team implemented public outreach programs to train veterinarians in the partner countries to accurately and rapidly identify ASF activity and report it to international veterinary health agencies.
The paper can be found here: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fvets.2017.00164/fullContinue Reading
Integrated Quality Consulting (IQC; www.iqc-china.com) and SAFOSO AG (www.safoso.com) have decided to join forces and become corporate associates of each other. IQC is a Shanghai-based consulting company with a mixed Chinese and German team that is specialized on tailored approaches towards the specific needs of all players in the food supply chain from raw materials, further processing, distribution, retail, and food service, as well as international food procurement companies. Their clients include producers, procurement organizations, investors and standard owners, among others. As IQC is focused on post-harvest food safety and quality assurance, the partnership with SAFOSO and its pre-harvest competencies in animal health and food safety allows clients in China and elsewhere to be served in a comprehensive manner with all aspects from stable to table covered by our joint expertise.
IQC and SAFOSO look very much forward to serving our first joint clients. Please contact us for further information.Continue Reading
Manon Schuppers held an opening speech in Kiev on 27 September 2017 at the second annual conference of SAFOSO's project "Establishment of a risk-based food safety control system in the dairy value chain in Ukraine". She highlighted the significant progress that the Ukrainian dairy sector has made over the last years to improve quality and safety of raw milk, but also underlined the challenges that still lie ahead. Only through close collaboration between stakeholders, mutual trust and individual responsibility can these challenges be overcome. The annual conference marked the near-completion of the second project year and was attended by approximately 150 participants. Nineteen presentations divided over four thematic sessions were given by presenters from Ukrainian authorities, research institutes, dairy industry, international projects and international organizations. For more detailed information about our project, please visit our project website http://www.safoso.com.ua/eng.php?file2=about-eng.Continue Reading
As part of the SPARE project (https://www.spare-europe.eu/), SAFOSO published a paper in Vaccine about the assessment of biosecurity measures to prevent the incursion of emerging diseases in Europe and particularly rabies, CSF and bluetongue. The assessment is based on an expert opinion conducted in UK, Italy and Switzerland. This work is meant to support countries in revising surveillance and control strategy by providing a new methodology.
The paper can be found here.
From 14-20 May 2017, SAFOSO hosted a delegation of representatives of Ukrainian milk processing companies that we have been working with for the past 1.5 years (more information about the project is available here). The agenda of the mission included several different visits and meetings including, among others, small and medium sized milk producers, small cheese factories, a large dairy processor, cantonal veterinary and food safety services and a laboratory specialized in milk analysis.
We are happy to report that the mission was a very useful, pleasant and rewarding experience. Based on the feedback that we have received, participants achieved the critical objectives of:
Our participants returned to Ukraine with a very clear understanding of the importance of their individual decisions and actions in relation to the quality of the raw milk that they buy, and subsequently, the quality of the products that they sell. We look forward to seeing the lessons learnt during this mission become a reality in Ukraine in the near future, with our full support!Continue Reading
A communication by Katharina Stärk and colleagues summarizes the strengths and weaknesses of current organisational structures in government veterinary services, as well as future technical, financial and societal challenges and related necessary competencies for government veterinary services of the future as discussed by an expert panel at ISVEE2015. The authors conclude that staff skills in veterinary services need to be continuously updated, and it is essential to establish cross technical collaboration with other sectors including food safety, public health and environment.