Establishment of a risk-based food safety
control system in the dairy value
chain in Ukraine
Milk Safety Project
Representatives of State Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumer Protection Visit Switzerland for Study Trip
On the first day, the participants could visit Identitas AG, the data management company for identification and traceability of animals. They had an opportunity to see all capacities of the IT system. It was interesting to learn that the state offers subsidies to farmers for keeping an animal's movement history and imposes penalties on defaulters.
They could learn more about the Swiss agriculture and food science education system at the School of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Sciences (HALF).
The third day started with a visit to the Swissherdbook Breeding Association, where the participants had the opportunity to learn about the work and structure of the organization and understand the role of breeding associations in improving milk quality and animal health in Switzerland. It was very interesting to learn about Suisselab AG, the only raw milk analysis laboratory in Switzerland that carries out analysis of raw milk samples from each animal to monitor animal health and improve breeding. It also monitors the quality of raw milk from each farmer against three mandatory parameters: somatic cell count, bacteria insemination and residues of inhibitory substances.
During the visit to the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO-BLV), the participants learned about the role, structure and activities of the state authority. The group was demonstrated how risks are assessed using the example of the Department of Early Disease Detection and Animal Health Surveillance. The representatives of the organization presented actual examples of early detection systems and risk-based animal health surveillance practices.
On the fourth day, the participants could see the operations of TSM Ltd., namely the Database dbmilch.ch that is the only milk quality database in Switzerland where milk testing results of Suisselab AG are stored.
The database is free to access for farmers, dairy processing enterprises and the regulatory authority. The participants spent the afternoon in the Veterinary Public Health Institute (VPHI) studying how to involve
experts in risk assessment and expert elicitation method. The Delphi Technique was presented as one of possible practical techniques to be used.
The trip participants will prepare a report with best practices to be implemented in Ukraine and identify potential barriers to implementation.