Feed the Future
This project is part of the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative.

Addressing Food Safety in Animal Source Foods for Improved Nutrition

Jan 25, 2017
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What are the key food safety issues related to livestock production and animal source foods, and what are their potential impacts on human health and nutrition? 

In this joint Agrilinks-Microlinks webinar, experts shared effective approaches to improving food safety and quality related to livestock production. 

Attendees learned about improving food safety and quality throughout the livestock value chain including production methods, processing and storage technologies, risk assessments, policy impacts, opportunities for the private sector and consumer education. 

  • Hung Nguyen-Viet gave particular attention to the relationship between animal source foods and the impact of food borne disease, while also considering how traditional and gender roles in livestock and fish value chains can impact exposure and risk.
  • Dennis Karamuzi outlined the steps taken by the Government of Rwanda (GoR) and RDCPII in increasing the supply of clean milk for both rural and urban consumers. 
  • Silvia Alonso presented over 10 years of data from a project that certified raw milk vendors operating in urban and peri-urban towns across Kenya and how ILRI identified barriers to sustainability. 

Presenters discussed new actions taking place in development that help provide clean, safe and affordable animal source foods to poor urban and rural households. In addition, presenters illustrated the role of animal source foods in the global burden of food-borne disease and why food safety related to animal source foods plays an important role in food security. 


Andrew Bisson
USAID Bureau for Food Security

Andrew Bisson is the Livestock Adviser for the Bureau for Food Security at USAID.

Andrew gained his DVM at Glasgow Veterinary School, UK and worked in small holder private veterinary practice before completing an MSc in Tropical Veterinary Medicine at Edinburgh University. He has field experience working with pastoral and small holder livestock production systems, strengthening animal health service delivery including community-based animal health, transboundary and zoonotic disease control, Avian Influenza control and One-Health, livestock market system development and resilience building with a focus on dryland communities. He has lived and worked in a number of countries in East and West Africa, Asia and the Middle East through appointments with DFID, Tufts University, FAO, ACDI-VOCA, FHI and Mercy Corps prior to joining BFS.

Hung Nguyen-Viet
International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

Hung Nguyen-Viet is the acting regional representative for East and Southeast Asia and senior scientist in food safety and Ecohealth at the International Livestock Institute (ILRI).

He is based in Hanoi and a honorary professor at the Hanoi University of Public Health (HUPH). Prior to HUPH and ILRI, he completed a postdoc with the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Basel, Switzerland. Dr. Nguyen-Viet’s research focuses on the link between health and agriculture, food safety, infectious and zoonotic diseases with an emphasis on the use of integrative approaches (One Health and Ecohealth). He co-founded and led the Center for Public Health and Ecosystem Research (CENPHER) at the HUPH until 2013. Since 2012 he has been coordinating the regional program “Ecohealth Field Building Leadership Initiative in Southeast Asia.

Dennis Karamuzi
USAID Rwanda Dairy Sector Competitiveness Project II

Dennis Karamuzi will outline the steps taken by the Government of Rwanda (GoR) and RDCPII i

n increasing the supply of clean milk for both rural and urban consumers. Working directly with milk collection centers and farmer cooperatives, the USAID Feed the Future funded RDCPII and GoR increased the supply of clean milk available to processors while decreasing the overall supply of adulterated milk. Using a multipronged approach, the project tackled the issue of improving accountability of producers and processors for clean milk while also increasing the supply and affordability of milk.

Silvia Alonso
International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

Silvia Alonso works for ILRI, as a Scientist epidemiologist in the Animal and Human Health team.

She is a veterinarian with postgraduate training in epidemiology and public health. She graduated in veterinary medicine in Spain and completed a PhD in food safety at the University of Bologna, Italy, where she also worked for few years as a research assistant. She holds a MSc in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Public Health. Before joining ILRI, Silvia worked for 5 years as a lecturer at the Royal Veterinary College where she gained experience in teaching and training at undergraduate and postgraduate level, both nationally and internationally. Her research looks at the interface between livestock production and human health, including nutrition. During her time at ILRI she has been involved in a range of projects looking at the epidemiology and control of different zoonoses, mainly foodborne, and on strategies for sustainable food safety in informal markets. She has also a special interest in the Ecosystems Approach to Health (EcoHealth), a novel holistic approach to the investigation of animal-human-environment health issue.