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The GAqPs train-the-trainer program group 2009 and shrimp farming facilities. (Photo: JIFSAN/ FIS)

FDA train Bangladeshis on aquaculture safety

UNITED STATES
Friday, September 17, 2010, 21:50 (GMT + 9)

Seafood safety experts from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the University of Maryland Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN) are training 10 scientists from Bangladesh on how to eliminate health hazards from aquaculture, much of which is exported to the United States.

The trainees are among a group that participated in a Good Aquacultural Practices (GAqPs) train-the-trainer program in Khulna, Bangladesh, in November 2009 and who are committed to furthering their country's ability to further improve aquaculture safety there over the next five years.

The training, by experts from the FDA and JIFSAN is taking place from 15 to 18 September 2010 at College Park, and from 20 to 24 September 2010 at university facilities in Princess Anne and Cambridge. The emphasis is on hazards associated with shrimp production and on FDA regulations regarding safety of seafood imports.

"Collaborating with other countries in this way not only helps to improve the quality and safety of their domestic product, but also what they export to the United States and other countries around the world," said FDA Deputy Commissioner for International Programs, Murray M. Lumpkin, M.D.

The training will include lectures, demonstrations, site visits, and workgroup activities. Using a "train-the-trainer" model, those who successfully complete this and subsequent training programs will be qualified as trainers in Bangladesh.

Over the past 20 years, the aquaculture industry has grown by more than 11 per cent each year. It is now the fastest-growing segment of agriculture worldwide, accounting for 52 per cent of all fish produced. In the United States, about 85 per cent of the seafood consumed is imported from more than 50 different countries. Of that amount, 40 per cent comes from aquaculture operations, the other 60 per cent from wild harvest.

The training program was developed by a team of seafood specialists in 2006 and began in Vietnam that same year. Since then, the program has been conducted in Thailand, Indonesia, Bangladesh and, most recently, Malaysia. The training follows the Agreement of Cooperation between the University and the Bangladesh Shrimp and Fish Foundation (BSFF) signed on 22 March 2010. The next Bangladesh train-the-trainer program is scheduled to take place 7 to 11 November 2010.

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