Quality and risk assessment of safety hazards in fresh fish and fish products in Malawi

Food quality and safety issues are becoming a major concern globally due to increased and widespread emerging risks related to food borne illnesses. Countries around the world are creating food safety agencies in compliance with national and international food safety standards which Malawi also desperately needs. Unfortunately, current food safety system regarding fish and fish products faces mounting challenges due to outdated laws and also problems in food regulations and inspection procedures. Lack of up-to-date food quality standards also undermine Malawi’s food exports, diminishing its ability to compete in regional and international markets such as the European Union. This study will examine public health issues associated with fish marketing and consumption in Malawi.
Au niveau mondial, les questions de qualité et de sécurité des produits alimentaires deviennent une préoccupation majeure à cause des risques actuels croissants et répandus qui sont liés aux maladies présentes dans les aliments. A travers le Monde entier, les pays créent des agences de contrôle de sécurité alimentaire conformément aux normes de sécurité alimentaire nationales et internationales dont le Malawi a aussi besoin désespérément. Malheureusement, le système actuel de sécurité alimentaire concernant les poissons et les produits de pêche fait face aux défis énormes à cause des lois dépassées et également des problèmes dans les normes alimentaires et les procédures d’inspection. Le manque de normes actualisées de qualité des produits alimentaires défavorisent également les exportations des produits alimentaires du Malawi, diminuant sa capacité de concurrence sur les marchés régionaux et internationaux tels que l’Union Européenne. Cette étude examinera des questions de santé publique liées à la commercialisation et à la consommation des poissons au Malawi.
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Southern Africa
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About the RUFORUM 2010 Biennal Conference
"The 2010 RUFORUM Biennial Conference was the second in the series. The main objective of the Biennial conferences is to provide a platform for agricultural research for development stakeholders in Africa and beyond to actively exchange findings and experiences, while at the same time learning lessons towards improving performance of the agricultural sector and ultimately people’s livelihoods. The biennial conference is RUFORUM’s most comprehensive meeting for the diversity of stakeholders in agriculture. It is especially dedicated to graduate students and their supervisors, grantees in RUFORUM member universities and alumni. It is a platform for peer review, quality control, mentorship, networking and shared learning. This record contains an extended abstract accepted under the theme of Aqua Culture and Fisheries"