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SAFOSO and aquaculture

31 May 2018

Aquaculture around the world is expanding rapidly and is increasingly contributing to fill the global demand for animal protein. With increasing production however, also challenges in aquaculture production become more prominent. Diseases and trade-relevant hazards such as antibiotic resistance and residues are among these challenges. Thanks to its broad skills base - including risk assessment, surveillance design and evaluation - SAFOSO is well positioned to offer competent and tailored advice to the aquaculture sector. For example, SAFOSO recently published an article on the use of modern surveillance tools, including molecular and genomic data, to inform decisions taken by private and public health managers. The article is available here.

In this context, SAFOSO is happy to announce its expanding competency in aquaculture through our new associate Thomas Janssens. Thomas has been working in the aquaculture sector in several countries since 2002, and he is currently head of aquaculture research at Bern University of Applied Research. More information about Thomas is available here. We welcome Thomas as our associate and are looking forward to productive collaboration.

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Multi-criteria pathogen prioritisation

25 April 2018

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.

The paper is available here:
Using multi-criteria risk ranking methodology to select case studies for a generic risk assessment framework for exotic disease incursion and spread through Europe

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SAFOSO approved for providing specialist training in veterinary public health

15 January 2018

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/).

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Paper in Frontiers in Veterinary Science

06 November 2017

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/full

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IQC and SAFOSO AG join forces

25 October 2017

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.

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Second annual project conference "Establishment of a risk-based food safety control system in the dairy value chain in Ukraine"

16 October 2017

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.

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New paper about assessment of biosecurity measures

24 August 2017

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.

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SAFOSO hosts 10 Ukrainian milk processors

11 July 2017

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:

  • having a clear understanding of what Swiss milk processors do to assure that the milk they receive is safe and of good quality
  • knowing the procedures in place to guarantee the existence of a non-interrupted cold chain from the milk producer to the processing company
  • learning good production practices related to quality and safety at the level of both small and medium/large milk producers
  • understanding what the Swiss milk industry is doing to keep a good and trustful image towards the consumers
  • learning about the relationship between the Swiss milk processing companies and the cantonal veterinary and food safety authorities
  • acquiring knowledge about the regular procedures taken in cases of non-compliance of milk producers (e.g. presence of antimicrobial residues in milk samples)

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!

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