Call to improve food safety in low- and middle-income countries—From hazards to risks and from farm to fork
Asia / Food Safety

Call to improve food safety in low- and middle-income countries—From hazards to risks and from farm to fork

Originally posted on ILRI news:
The Milkmaid, by Johannes Vermeer, 1660. Food safety hazards are increasingly recognized as a major public health problem worldwide, yet among developing countries, there is limited understanding of the wider-ranging socioeconomic costs of unsafe food and the benefits of remedial or preventative measures. This limited evidence base has led many…

New World Bank report says food-borne illnesses cost US$ 110 billion per year in low- and middle-income countries
Asia / Food Safety

New World Bank report says food-borne illnesses cost US$ 110 billion per year in low- and middle-income countries

Originally posted on AgHealth:
Rinsing fresh fish in Accra, Ghana (photo credit: ILRI/Kennedy Bomfeh). A new World Bank study finds that the impact of unsafe food costs low- and middle-income economies about US$ 110 billion in lost productivity and medical expenses each year. Yet a large proportion of these costs could be avoided by adopting…

Video: Food safety research in Vietnam: Partnership in action
A4NH / Asia / Food Safety / Partnerships / Southeast Asia / Vietnam

Video: Food safety research in Vietnam: Partnership in action

Hung Nguyen, Regional Representative for East and Southeast Asia and Senior Scientist, Ecohealth and Food Safety, with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), conducts food safety research of the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) in Vietnam. In this video, he talks about the importance of partnership in this work. Continue reading

Threat by vector-borne diseases discussed at AAU event
Asia / Assam / ILRI / India / South Asia

Threat by vector-borne diseases discussed at AAU event

To mark the golden jubilee year of the Assam Agricultural University (AAU), the Department of Veterinary Public Health, College of Veterinary Science (CVSc), AAU, Khanapara, in collaboration with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Uppsala University and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, organised a four-day workshop on veterinary and medical entomology and molecular methods for diagnostics at CVSc. Continue reading

Bioaerosol sampling to detect avian influenza virus in Hanoi’s largest live poultry market
Asia / Poultry / Southeast Asia / Vietnam

Bioaerosol sampling to detect avian influenza virus in Hanoi’s largest live poultry market

In October 2017, ILRI researchers and partners from Vietnam and US conducted a pilot study of aerosol sampling surveillance in a large wholesale live bird market in Hanoi. Of the air samples collected during a three-week period, 90% were positive for molecular evidence of influenza A. These results were positively associated with molecular results from oropharyngeal swab samples collected from chickens and ducks. Noninvasive bioaerosol samplers may serve as an early warning screening tool for novel influenza virus detection in live bird markets. Continue reading