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Building Collaborations in International Food Safety


November 2, 2015

Drs. Rob Atwill and Brenda McCowan listen in as Saharuetai Jeamsripong translates the explanation of oyster culturing practices.

Drs. Rob Atwill and Brenda McCowan listen in as Saharuetai Jeamsripong translates the explanation of oyster culturing practices.

Thailand

Dr. Rob Atwill, director of the Western Institute for Food Safety and Security (WIFSS), and Melissa Partyka, an ecology doctoral student, recently visited multiple regions of Southern Thailand over the course of ten days to foster future research in food safety, zoonotic disease, and production issues in Thai aquaculture systems. Meetings with local farmers, research faculty, and government agencies were facilitated by two WIFSS-WCFS alumni, Saharuetai Jeamsripong of the department of Veterinary Public Health at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok and Anyarat Thiptara, from the Veterinary Research and Development Center (VRDC) under the National Institute of Animal Health.

Jeamsripong and her department chair Rungtip Chuanchuen hosted Atwill and Partyka along with Dr. Brenda McCowan from Population Health and Reproduction, at the Chulalongkorn University Veterinary School on Oct 16, 2015, where they each gave brief seminars to current veterinary students and members of the faculty on food safety in fresh produce, Vibrio spp. prevalence in shellfish production environments, and zoonotic disease in coupled human-monkey systems, respectively.

Thiptara acted as liaison to Atwill and Partyka during multiple meetings with members of the Fisheries Research and Development Center and local shrimp farmers in the provinces of Nakhon Si Thammarat and Songkhla where production is being limited by endemic and emerging diseases like White Spot Syndrome and Early Mortality Syndrome.  Atwill and McCowan had the additional opportunity to present their research to the regional director of the VRDC, Wandee Kongkaew, and members of the newly established Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Prince of Songkhla University, Hat Yai.