International Partnerships Advance the Mission of Food Safety in Aquaculture in Bangladesh

Countries that rely heavily upon exports of aquacultured products are facing the reality that compliance with Good Aquacultural Practices (GAqP) is essential for the sustainability and continued growth of their industries. This is highly evident in Bangladesh, where fish and shrimp represent the third largest exported product and about 85% of that is grown in aquaculture farms. An international approach to the implementation of GAqP is serving Bangladesh well in advancing its position in the industry. JIFSAN has partnered with the Bangladesh Fish and Shrimp Foundation (BSFF) to establish a Collaborative Training Center, the Aquaculture and Aquatic Food Safety Center (AAFSC) with the mission of offering food safety training to all who are involved in the industry at every step in the supply chain, from production through marketing. The Department of Fisheries and FAO-UN Food Safety Program are closely involved. On February 23 representatives from these agencies and others met in Bangladesh for a workshop to discuss ways to advance this mission. Drs. Clare Narrod, Michael Jahncke, Michael Schwarz, and Curry Woods represented JIFSAN. In addition to concerns for the microbiological safety of its products, new food safety challenges face the industry with the use of pesticides, antibiotics, and hormones in aquaculture production. It is critical that farmers understand the regulations for use of all chemicals and that farm workers comply with these rules in their day-to-day activities. Education and training are at the forefront of this effort. After the workshop JIFSAN trainers Jahncke, Schwarz, and Woods traveled to Khulna to conduct an aquaculture training course. Funding was provided by USDA-FAS for JIFSAN’s participation in the workshop and for BSFF to host the GAqP course.

A news article covering the workshop published in the Financial Express can be viewed here.

Review JIFSAN’s GAqP CTC activities here.