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JIFSAN Works With Global Food Safety Partnership Project

FGSP/JIFSAN participantsThe Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition taught food safety techniques to participants from China as part of a three-phase training program by the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP).

US Department of Agriculture's chief scientist Dr. Steven J. Lehotay trains participants from China at the JIFSAN laboratories.

US Department of Agriculture's chief scientist Dr. Steven J. Lehotay trains participants from China at the JIFSAN laboratories.

The Global Food Safety Partnership Project is an initiative hosted at the World Bank to promote global cooperation for developing food safety systems. The laboratory capacity building programs focus on training analysts to select and perform fit-for-purpose laboratory methods, improving laboratory management and quality control capabilities in developing countries.

Dr. Janie Dubois lectures on laboratory capacity building projects.

Dr. Janie Dubois lectures on laboratory capacity building projects.

In the first phase of the program, four senior analysts from the China Food Safety Risk Assessment Center and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Services traveled to Maryland for teacher training at the International Food Safety Training Laboratory of JIFSAN. The four new trainers honed their workshop planning and teaching techniques during three in-country training sessions that took place between April and August 2015 at the Waters Corporation's application laboratory in Shanghai, China. The financial contributions of  the University of Maryland, the USDA (through Emerging Markets Program funding), the Waters Corporation,  Nestle and Mars made this program possible. 

Participants practice GFSP training methods.

Participants practice GFSP training methods.

Participants can use the GFSP training as a starting point for further laboratory capacity building building. Increased training and promotion of fit-for-purpose veterinary drug residue detection methods will improve the overall level of China’s laboratories as a direct impact of this program, which in turn impacts the global food supply chain.

A round of proficiency testing will be deployed to assess the efficiency of the training program.