Supported by Thailand International Cooperation Agency,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand
Organized by Veterinary Public Health and Food Safety Centre for Asia Pacific, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chiang Mai University
Module 1: Animal Production and Food Security
Module 2: Food Quality Assurance and Surveillance Systems
Module 3: Implication of Food Standard and Policy in the International Trade Framework
This module will review the process of animal production, emphasizing the food system in Southeast Asia. A variety of animal products, such as meat, milk, egg, honey or other alternative novel food, will be used as learning examples. The discussion of sustainable development goal (SDGs), Food Security, will encourage the importance of resource limitation, climate change and multidisciplinary collaboration.
This module will specify to safety in food production. Begin with hazard and potential risk identification in each steps, the quality assurance system will be discussed in order to reduce the risks and control them. To maintain the food safety, surveillance system should be implemented. Practical approaches will be demonstrated, such as the inspection of meat and other products, sampling plans and sample collection.
The final module will integrate the technical knowledge from other modules into food standard and policy. The international trade framework will be highlighted and underline the importance of international standard organization.
Applicants must fulfill the following requirement:
Food in good quality and safety is fundamental requisites for human being to live. Moreover, to produce high quality and safe food can increase trade volume and income of the country. However, living in globalization era, it has rapid change on people, cultures, economics, social, environment e.g. global warming, international trade regulation, non-tariff trade barrier. Those factors have impacts on food security and sustainability of the country. Recently, many countries are at risk of food insecurity especially in developing countries. The definition of food security given by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO, 2002) is “the state when all people at all times have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, nutritious and safe food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life”. Food from animal origin like meat, milk, eggs, and other animal products also supply major amounts of human nutrition, as a source of proteins, fats, vitamin and mineral. Moreover, it is an importance export commodity in many agricultural countries which can support farmer income and increase employment of livestock labor. Apart from meat consumption, the edible insects (for example edible crickets or silkworm) are potential to develop and play a role as a source of protein for future food. Honey is another example that produced by insects which is a valuable commodity in international trade and support reduction poverty of farmers.
Safety of food from animal origin is significant effect to food security because meat and animal product contains high risk of foodborne pathogens, zoonotic agents, chemical and antibiotic residues as well as antimicrobial resistance (AMR) which is a global public health issue. If people access to unsafe food, it is consequently lead to getting illness which pose higher risk to vulnerable group (young, old, pregnant and immunocompromised). Food security could not happened without food safety. Food safety plays the critical role to ensure food security. To control safety in food, hygienic practice should be apply from farm to fork, from animal feed to consumer, and apply regular program for surveillance and monitoring system.
Veterinary Public Health and Food Safety Centre for Asia Pacific (VPHCAP), Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chiang Mai University, Thailand has been established since 2003 under collaboration of 2 Veterinary Faculties between Chiang Mai University and Freie University Berlin. The aim of collaboration is to establish a regional center for research, graduate education, academic services on food production and trade of animals and animal origin products from Southeast Asia and the Greater Mekong Sub-region. The mission of Centre are conducting the international master degree curriculum for students from Asia Pacific, Southeast Asia and South Asia. Moreover, the primary objective of VPHCAP is to build capacity in academic services through training course and scientific international conference every year. Recently, the World Origination for Animal Health (OIE) designated the VPHCAP and Thailand’s Department of Livestock Development as an OIE Collaborating Centre for Veterinary Services Capacity Building since 2016 which aims to be a center for developing and increasing the capacity of Veterinarians who work relates to food safety of animal origin, control of animal disease and zoonotic disease in the Asia Pacific region.
VPHCAP has realized the significance of food safety impact to food security therefore, we has attention to organize the short course training on Food Safety and Security from Animal Origin: Strengthening the Network for Sustainability. The aims of conducting the course are to develop and exchange knowledge and skill on food production, food safety in food chain, surveillance and monitor safety in food as well as international food regulations through the training course that provides participants to gain knowledge and experience from lectures, practices, and field visits. The course will be beneficial for food security challenge which has complexity and require multidimensional understanding including academic knowledge as well as socio-economic.
The program is designed to: build an understanding of the production chain of animal origin food and its safety control in the food security constraint.
After complete this course, the participants will be able to: