Douwe Bakker awarded Emeritus Member Award

12 June 2018 | News on TAFS

Our long-time member Douwe Bakker was awarded the Emeritus Member Award of the International Association for Paratuberculosis at its 14th International Colloquium earlier this month in Mexico. Congratulations, Douwe! We are honored to have you in our group and look forward to you briefing us again on this important topic, together with your fellow experts Irene Grant and Mike Collins, at the next TAFS meeting.Douwe Bakker being awarded Emeritus Member Award


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TAGS TAFS, members, paratuberculosis

Factoring Chinese consumers’ risk perceptions into their willingness to pay for pork safety, environmental stewardship, and animal welfare

14 December 2017 | Technical news (uncommented clippings)

65% of consumers in Beijing [74% in Shanghai] believe that animals (pigs) treated well are safer (to eat).

70% [71%] believe that animals treated well taste better.

Is the market listening?

More details, also on willingness to pay, under

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TAGS China, food safety, animal welfare, pig, pork

Global hotspots and correlates of emerging zoonotic diseases

03 November 2017 | Technical news (uncommented clippings)

Ecohealth Alliance publishes updated and improved map of emerging infectious disesases (EIDs). India and eastern China light up brightly, along with southern Japan, and certain zones in western Europe and elsewhere. This is where surveillance should be focused on.

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TAGS risk, zoonoses

Fico Italy World to open soon

17 October 2017 | Technical news (uncommented clippings)

The world's largest agri-food park will open soon just outside Bologna. Looks like a must visit for all lovers of great food.


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TAGS TAFS, milk, fish, eggs, meat, food, Italy

EU: Brazilian meat inspection ‘compromised’

12 October 2017 | Technical news (uncommented clippings)

Brazil’s food safety controls for poultry and horsemeat fall short of the standards needed to ensure produce hits EU trade rules, an audit has found.

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TAGS food safety, Brazil, meat, slaughterhouse

The Consensus from the Mycobacterium avium ssp. paratuberculosis (MAP) Conference 2017

03 October 2017 | Technical news (uncommented clippings)

On March 24 and 25, 2017 researchers and clinicians from around the world met at Temple University in Philadelphia to discuss the current knowledge of Mycobacterium avium ssp. paratuberculosis (MAP) and its relationship to human disease. The conference was held because of shared concern that MAP is a zoonotic bacterium that poses a threat not only to animal health but also human health.

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TAGS TAFS, paratuberculosis, MAP, milk, cattle, food safety

Short video about the benefits of TAFS membership

28 September 2017 | News on TAFS

TAFS just released a new video with statements from Hans Jöhr, Mike Collins and Valentina Nolli about TAFS and the benefits of being a member. Please share widely.

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TAGS TAFS, members

Fishmeal Application Induces Antibiotic Resistance Gene Propagation in Mariculture Sediment

26 September 2017 | Technical news (commented)

Many consumers think of pork and poultry when it comes to AMR, but other sectors including aquaculture are affected, too. Yes, the sample size (5) is small, but against a background of very limited evidence, this paper adds at least a few relevant facts.

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TAGS TAFS, fish, food safety, amr, aquaculture
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