Training to enhance knowledge and practice about pork safety for consumer in Hung Yen province on 17 Jan 2021

      In January 17th , 2021, as part of food safety risk communication activities, the research group of the SafePORK project from Center for Public Health and Ecosystem Research (CENPHER), Vietnam National University of Agriculture (VNUA), International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) collaborated with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) of Tien Lu district, Center for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) of Tien Lu District, People's Committee of Le Xa commune conducted a training session to improve the knowledge and practice of consumers about pork safety from farm to folk. Main objective of the training session is to communicate the existing hazards (e.g. chemical, microbial, physical) in pork and how to mitigate the risks of consuming contaminated pork by selecting safe pork product at market and improving pork handling at household.

       Besides, the research group also introduce some interventions of the SafePORK project at the local such as upgrading slaughtering process and improving pork seller hygiene practice. Furthermore, Dr. Phạm Đức Phúc, Depute Director of CENPHER had presented a clip about pork retail model to the consumers which received many positive comments and feedbacks. Most participants said that the practices of ensuring the safety of pork at the retail stage in the clip was very necessary. However, some points could not be immediately applied to the retailers in markets around Le Xa commune and gradual interventions were required to see the changes.

PhD. Dr. Phạm Đức Phúc sharing about how to identify the good retailer

     On the other hand, how to protect and process the pork are very important which significantly affect to the safety and quality of food. From this perspective, Assoc. Prof. Nguyễn Thị Thanh Thủy – Lecturer of Faculty of Food Technology from VNUA had a very exciting presentation which motivate the participants to actively discuss and interact during the whole session. They also shared their experiences and concern about pork handling at home while some even gave their solutions to keep the pork safe.

The training session will be continued in Dien Trung commune, Dien Chau district, Nghe An in the next weekend.