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Colombia: plan for the reduction of pathogens in the pig sector

A plan for the reduction of pathogens in the Colombian pig sector is being implemented with the support of Denmark. This technical cooperation project, that has being developing since 2015, wants to strengthen the knowledge on the food safety processes in pork production.

Tuesday 19 March 2019 (5 months 4 days ago)
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Within the framework of the technical cooperation project with the Danish government, Danish experts visited Colombia again with the aim of advancing the mission for the verification and planning of the actions to be implemented in 2019 in terms of veterinary and food safety matters to support the creation of a plan for the reduction of pathogens in the Colombian pig sector.

During their visit, the experts held several round tables that allowed, from the Danish experience, to strengthen the ability of the Colombian authorities to carry out and implement preventative measures that avoid the presence of microorganisms such as Salmonella in the Colombian pig production sector.

In fact, these spaces allow to share knowledge and technologies for the development of the sector with the aim of supporting the consolidation of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Plan in which the institutions involved in this matter assume commitments and future tasks, working jointly for the development of a healthy and safe production that allows the access to specialised markets.

The development of these activities counted on the collaboration of the Ministry of Agriculture, The Agriculture and Livestock Institute of Colombia, the ICA, the INVIMA, Porkcolombia, the National Health Institute, the CES universities and Javeriana.

In this mission, the Danish experts visited a farm certified by the ICA in terms of Good Farming Practices located in the municipality of Guasca (Cundinamarca), and the abattoir BLE, where they saw how the practices are implemented, both in the primary production and in the processing stage, and the actions implemented when pathogens or diseases that affect these animals are detected.

The next cooperation mission with the Danish delegation is programmed for September 2019, and the Danish authority will give a workshop on the Communication of Risks with Emphasis on Pathogenic Microorganisms in Food (Salmonella in pork).

Thursday, March 14th, 2019/ ICA/ Colombia.
https://www.ica.gov.co

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