A deep dive inside Vietnam’s pork foodshed to determine food safety issues and their practical resolutions
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A deep dive inside Vietnam’s pork foodshed to determine food safety issues and their practical resolutions

Pork meat sold in Vietnam has been found by researchers to commonly carry bacteria that could cause disease—but they also found that the risk of that meat sickening people is largely reduced due to the Vietnamese habit of buying very fresh meat and cooking it shortly thereafter. The research results indicate ways that the safety of pork meat can be even further improved in this fast-growing and -evolving market. The bottom line is that ensuring safe pork consumption in Vietnam is very important—and very doable. Continue reading

Making livestock foods safe—Lessons from Vietnam on what works—and what doesn’t
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Making livestock foods safe—Lessons from Vietnam on what works—and what doesn’t

The experiences of developed countries, which now have relatively safe food, is that command-and-control approaches to food safety, which rely mainly on inspection and punishment, are less effective than approaches in which stakeholders are empowered and encouraged to self-regulate, motivated by the realisation that this is more profitable in the long term. Continue reading

India and Vietnam in South-South collaboration on shared pig breeds, production systems and cultures
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India and Vietnam in South-South collaboration on shared pig breeds, production systems and cultures

Nagaland launches a comprehensive state pig-breeding policy, the first of its kind in India, developed through participatory and consultative processes. Continue reading

Celebrating the ‘Year of the Goat’ (or ‘Sheep’, or ‘Ram’) today–with one-sixth of the world
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Celebrating the ‘Year of the Goat’ (or ‘Sheep’, or ‘Ram’) today–with one-sixth of the world

On the occasion of Vietnamese lunar New Year 2015, we wish you a New Year of the Goat good health, prosperity and happiness.—Hung Nguyen and the rest of the staff in the Hanoi office of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Continue reading

ILRI@40: Video note on One Health research priorities in Southeast Asia
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ILRI@40: Video note on One Health research priorities in Southeast Asia

In this short film (1:17 mins), Hung Nguyen, a food safety scientist with ILRI in Vietnam, reflects on a recent discussion at a regional workshop on livestock and One Health that identified research priorities in Southeast Asia for the next 40 years. Continue reading

Deadly strain of bird flu in China linked to live poultry markets; high-risk spots in Asia mapped–New study
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Deadly strain of bird flu in China linked to live poultry markets; high-risk spots in Asia mapped–New study

A new study reveals conditions linked to the emergence and spread of deadly bird flu and maps the areas of Asia at greatest risk of the spread of the new virus strain. A dangerous strain of avian influenza, H7N9, that’s causing severe illness and deaths in China may be inhabiting a small fraction of its potential range and appears at risk of spreading to other suitable areas of India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines, according to a new study published today in the journal Nature Communications. Continue reading