Livestock Systems

Safe Pork: Market based approaches to improving the safety of pork in Vietnam

Project code
AUD 2,000,000
Research program manager
Dr Anna Okello
Project leader
Fred Unger - International Livestock Research Institute
OCT 2017
JUN 2022
Project status
Legally committed/Active
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This project aims to develop and evaluate market-based approaches to improving food safety, with the overall aim of reducing the burden of foodborne disease in informal, emerging formal, and niche markets targeting small- and medium-scale producers.

Food safety is a growing concern in Vietnam. Foodborne disease is a major public health problem and a barrier to smallholder farmers who wish to sell in high-value domestic and export markets. Most foodborne disease is due to livestock and fish products or vegetables sold in informal (wet) markets. Pork is the most widely consumed meat, and nearly all is sold in wet markets that have poor food safety standards.

Alternative market approaches to improving food safety aim to change practice in informal markets (e.g. through professionalising street traders rather than removing them). The project believes these approaches are the best bet for improving food safety in mass domestic markets, but much work is needed to adapt them to national contexts and engender support from the public and private sector.

The proposed research builds on the extensive research and networks developed by the LPS/2010/047 PigRISK project, extending the ACIAR-supported research agenda from risk assessment to risk management and communication. As a result of PigRISK, the project partners have become the 'go-to' people for food safety in Vietnam.

Building on these achievements, there is opportunity to better manage these risks and understand and develop appropriate market-based approaches for improved food safety.

Key partners
Hanoi University of Public Health
National Institute of Animal Sciences
University of Sydney
Vietnam National University of Agriculture
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Fact sheet LPS/2016/143