Taskforce for risk assessment for food safety in Vietnam: Operational research to assist policy and capacity building

Objectives

Risk analysis is considered the gold-standard approach for food safety management. However, in Vietnam risk analysis capacity is lacking in practical application, especially in informal markets, where the majority of domestically produced foods are bought and sold. The food safety risk assessment taskforce was established in 2013 with the aim of developing the capacity of decision-makers and national researchers in Vietnam to use risk-based approaches for food safety management.
 

Activities

Interdisciplinary assessment teamThe taskforce brought together risk assessment experts from universities and research institutes, as well as representatives from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Analyses of food safety policy and research evidence use for food safety policy: Key informant interviews were undertaken with 20 experts and policymakers in food safety.
Consultation meetings and workshopsStakeholder workshops were held to identify the scope of activities and formulate priority issues in food safety upon which the taskforce worked. Workshops were also held to disseminate outputs.
Training and capacity buildingTraining sessions on risk assessment for taskforce members and staff from the ministries were held.
Case studiesCase studies on the use of risk assessment were conducted to characterize health risks associated with relevant food commodities in Vietnam, such as pork, fish and vegetables. 

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