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Evaluation of mandatory notification of antimicrobial usage

20 August 2019

The German Ministry of Food and Agriculture published its report on the evaluation of the mandatory notification of antimicrobial usage in selected livestock species. SAFOSO contributed to this report through the organization of focus group discussions and online surveys among farmers and veterinarians and by coordinating the preparation of the final report integrating evidence from different sources. The report was addressed to the German parliament in June 2019 and is available here.

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Patrik Buholzer is joining SAFOSO

02 August 2019

SAFOSO is happy to announce that Patrik Buholzer is joining our company as Director from 1 August 2019. Patrik has worked for different international diagnostic companies and has a long track record in veterinary diagnostic and its application in a wide range of settings. At SAFOSO, Patrik will lead the development of new and innovative products for our clients across the world to help them adequately address their animal health and food safety challenges. For more information about Patrik, please have a look at his profile description.

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Closing of Milk Safety Project in Ukraine

05 July 2019

On 26 June 2019 the final Steering Committee Meeting of SAFOSO's Milk Safety Project took place in Ukraine. The project supported public and private stakeholders in Ukraine in establishing a comprehensive, risk-based control system for raw milk safety and quality. One of the most prominent accomplishments of the project is the development of the new Milk Hygiene Order, which lays down legal minimum requirements for safety and quality standards for raw milk and gradually aligns these requirements with those of the European Union. The Milk Hygiene Order was formally adopted in March 2019 and registered in June 2019, and will enter into force following publication. Further, the project introduced veterinary inspectors to the principles and practical application of risk-based inspections of milk collection points, milk transporters and milk processors. The project also collaborated closely with selected milk processors and milk collection points to increase awareness about the importance of the use of safe and high quality raw milk for further processing and provided practical trainings at farm level aimed at improving milking hygiene, mastitis management and prudent use of veterinary drugs. During the Steering Committee Meeting, all stakeholders expressed their satisfaction with the achievements of the project and acknowledged the important contribution that the project has made to strengthening sector-wide collaborations.

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New publication

08 March 2019

A new article with the contribution of SAFOSO authors has been published. In the study, the datasets utilised in the SPARE project ('Spatial risk assessment framework for assessing exotic disease incursion and spread through Europe') project are described and discussed in terms of key criteria: accessibility, availability, completeness, consistency and quality. A striking issue from this assessment is the need for enhanced data sharing specifically with regards to data on illegal seizures, arthropod vector/wildlife abundance, intra-country livestock movement and national animal disease surveillance. The paper is available in Microbial Risk Analysis journal:

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EFFORT International Conference: How to control antimicrobial resistance in the food chain

29 November 2018

The EFFORT Project (2013-2018) ended last November with the EFFORT International Conference (26th-28th November, Utrecht).  During this conference, all EFFORT results were jointly presented with an overview about the current available tools to support risk management. Furthermore, a policy round table in which the projects results were aimed to be translated into Policy and Practice took place the last day ( ). Sixteen deliverables describing the EFFORT project work achievements will be submitted to the EC in the next months and a public version of these documents will be available on the EFFORT public website ( SAFOSO was part of the organization and scientific committee and also presented the results on some of the risk assessment activities it has been involved.

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Assuring food safety in a globalised world – are we ready?

17 November 2018

SAFOSO Director Katharina Stärk was honoured to be one of the plenary speakers at ISVEE15, Chiang Mai, Thailand, in early November 2018. The title of her presentation was “Assuring food safety in a globalised world – are we ready?” Food chains are becoming more complex due to the diversity and location of actors involved and their trans-boundary and trans-continental nature. The benefits of such food systems also come at the cost of increased risks. The latter are not limited to biological and chemical hazards and their emergence, spread and management. Complex food systems also harbour other challenges such as traceability, food scares, governance and fair distribution of profit. While surveillance, risk assessment and other epidemiological approaches can provide useful evidence to facilitate the functioning of global food systems, other aspects are currently not well integrated. As a consequence, the vulnerability of food markets is increasing. In the future, more integrated and novel strategies are needed to assure not only the safety but also the resilience of global food systems and thus – ultimately – consumer trust.

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The 3rd Annual Conference of the Swiss-Ukrainian Project “Establishment of a risk-based food safety control system in the dairy value chain in Ukraine”

05 October 2018

On 3 – 4 October 2018, about 180 participants from the public and private dairy sector from across Ukraine and a delegation from the Moldovan dairy sector attended the 3rd Annual Project Conference. The main goal of the conference was to further raise awareness of stakeholders involved in the Ukrainian dairy sector about the risk-based food safety control system and the importance of using best practices for the production of safe dairy products. The conference was also a platform for the participants to exchange information and discuss current topics of the dairy sector. The project conference was a full success again. Proceedings (in English and Ukrainian) and selected presentations are available on the project website:

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Evaluation of GF-TAD

01 October 2018

The Global Framework for Transboundary Animal Diseases (GF-TADs), a joint activity of FAO and OIE, was recently evaluated. The evaluation was led by SAFOSO team member Katharina Stärk. The main findings indicate that the GF-TADs continues to be of high relevance, but its sustainability needs to be increased to assure future impact in training, communication and leadership. The evaluation report is available here.

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