Training the next generation of food scientists in food-borne risks and diseases is one of the best ways of promoting food safety and nutritional security in developing countries.
On 28 July 2016, Vietnamese and international food safety experts from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Vietnam National University of Agriculture (VNUA), Hanoi School of Public Health (HSPH) and Center for Public Health Research (CENPHER) will share their knowledge and expertise with students of food technology at the ‘Food microbial hazards and risks’ seminar in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Food safety concerns are an important consideration for research institutes, universities, the government, private sector and other stakeholders in livestock sector in Vietnam because of the serious effects of food-borne diseases to consumers. For instance, Salmonella has been found as the leading cause of illnesses for some pork consumers. It has economic repercussions, such as sick employees being absent from work and expensive hospitalization bills, and in some reported cases, even death.
Food safety seminar participants and agenda
Twenty-five participants, mostly MSc students from the food technology international graduate program of VNUA, will attend the seminar. Lecturers from the faculty of food technology and veterinary medicine of VNUA will also participate.
Participants will learn the basics of food safety, microbial food contamination and related health risks particularly suited to a developing-country context.
The seminar will include an overview of food-borne diseases, and risk analysis concepts with an emphasis on risk assessment and risk communication. The risk assessment sessions will include training in using stochastic processes, as well as building and running a simple risk model using @RISK software.
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