This project supports Rank 1 funding priorities: standards/conformity assessment, ocean related issues, food safety, food security, trade facilitation and liberalization, and SME development.
Aquaculture provides substantial economic benefits to APEC economies, but continued success depends on responsible controls to prevent animal diseases, and address related food safety concerns.
This work builds on an APEC/Global Food Safety Partnership funded workshop, led by the United States and Viet Nam, Preparing Trainers to Deliver Sustainable Education to Prevent Food Safety Concerns Threatening Aquaculture Development including Related Concerns for Disease Management (CTI 09 2015). The initial 4 day train-the-trainer workshop was held September 2015 in Viet Nam for 22 APEC economy participants with the goal of providing train the trainer education on HACCP, Sanitary Control Procedures, and disease management. Subsequently, participants asked for additional mentoring to lead training in their own economies. An extension to the project was granted and a mentor worked with Peru trainers to assist them in delivering training in Peru.
This project will be carried out in partnership with the GFSP and will work with the original recipients of the training from Viet Nam to assist them with carrying out training in Viet Nam. There are two deliverables to this training program:
1) accredited Phases I and II seafood HACCP training program presented by qualified trainers selected from the previous Phase I training event held in Hanoi in September 2015 mentored by seafood HACCP experts; and
2) a training program on Preventative Controls for Aquaculture Food Safety and Disease Prevention Program. The training programs will be carried out over 5 days. The training program is scheduled to take place in Viet Nam in November 2017.
The goal of the Phase II seafood HACCP training program is to be led by Vietnamese trainers and assisted by mentors. The objective is to have the Vietnamese trainers gain experience to lead subsequent trainings on their own. The Preventative Controls for Aquaculture Food Safety and Disease Prevention Program training program will provide a programmatic approach to addressing the food safety hazards that occur on farms and production facilities and provide the much needed principles, strategies, and concepts for preventing aquaculture diseases. Diseases are the number one concern of the aquaculture industry and is the impetus behind the use of unapproved or dangerous drugs and chemicals.