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COVID-19 – what is the role of animals?

18 March 2020

As the number of human coronavirus infections continues to rise world-wide, there is some uncertainty about the role animals play in the COVID-19 virus epidemic. In this article, we try to summarize and interpret the available information in this rapidly evolving situation.

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Climate change and One Health – a complex network of interactions

29 November 2019

SAFOSO has conducted a pre-study for the Swiss Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office on climate change and its impact on ‘One Health’. Our task was to look at the complex network of causes and effects originating from the various aspects of climate change and ultimately impacting animal health, animal welfare, food safety and public health. As well, we studied and summarized the literature and identified knowns and unknowns in this broad field. SAFOSO collaborated for this project with Franz Rubel and Katharina Brugger from the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna.

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Raw milk monitoring program in Moldova

08 October 2019

SAFOSO experts Manon Schuppers and Marco De Nardi travelled to Moldova from 23-26 September 2019 to finalize discussions with national stakeholders about the design of a national raw milk monitoring program. During an earlier workshop in July 2019, representatives from the national authorities and associations for the dairy producers and dairy processors had expressed their interest in such a program, which would contribute significantly to improving national raw milk safety and quality and strengthen Moldova's export potential for dairy products. Following a careful evaluation of several scenarios, the participants of the discussions identified the most preferred implementation scenario during the recent visit. The SAFOSO experts also held discussions with the Minister of Agriculture and the Acting Director of the National Food Safety Agency to discuss which next steps would be required before implementation of this national raw milk monitoring program can start. These activities were supported financially by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank Group. A national TV program reported on the visit:

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ECVPH Graduation

04 October 2019

Former SAFOSO resident Anaïs Léger (center) received her diploma from the European College of Veterinary Public Health yesterday in Edinburgh. Congratulations!

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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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