The second stage of the project is aimed at the animal welfare practices and the development of a pilot project in the areas affected by the post-conflict.
Regarding the first stage of the project, areas relative to veterinarian matters and food safety in the Colombian pork sector were identified and agreed on. The Government of Denmark designated a Consultant from the Ministry of Food and the Environment to deal with this matter.
Missions were carried out in Colombia and Denmark to inquire into the situation. The authorities and the main interested parties discussed and identified potential cooperation areas in the pig sector.
Likewise, during this stage, the authorities and the interested parties agreed on the reach and the elements of this cooperation. This is how the results and the activities were chosen by the two parties based on the health and food safety challenges for Colombia, in coherence with the budget available for the development of the project.
Four areas were identified that have to do with veterinary safety (control of pathogens and food safety):
1. Chemical residues: Record, methodologies, training and testing.
2. Pathogens (Salmonella): Record, methodologies, training and testing.
3. Hazard analysis: Contingency plans and simulation exercises.
4. Inspection, Surveillance and Control Procedures: Food safety at abattoirs/Meat inspection – Official control and surveillance at abattoirs.
The first stage of the project had a budget of DK4,883,836 DKK (equivalent to 2.2 million Colombian pesos), and its focus was at a national level.
In 2017, Colombia exported to Denmark USD6.6 million in the form of coffee, freeze-dried coffee, leaf tobacco or non-manufactured tobacco, and live fish mainly.
For the agricultural sector, Denmark is a model country due to its advances in the pig sector and the development that the cooperative movement has reached—a philosophy that has greatly helped in the positioning of this country.
Thursday, June 14th, 2018/ Ministry of Agriculture/ Colombia.