Bangladesh Aquaculture and Aquatic Food Safety Center
Bangladesh and other countries that rely heavily upon aquacultural exports are making changes essential for the sustainability and continued growth of their industries through Good Aquacultural Practices (GAqP). In Bangladesh, 85 percent of fish and shrimp–the country’s third largest export–is grown in aquaculture farms. And authorities in Bangladesh have even gone one step further in advancing their position in the industry by adopting an international approach to the implementation of GAqP. UMD’s Joint Institute for food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN) has partnered with the Bangladesh Fish and Shrimp Foundation (BSFF) to establish a collaborative training center. The new Aquaculture and Aquatic Food Safety Center (AAFSC) will aim to offer food safety training to all who are involved in the industry at every step of the supply chain, from production through marketing. In addition to concerns for the microbiological safety of its products, new food safety challenges face the industry with the use of pesticides, antibiotics, and hormones in aquaculture production. The JIFSAN/BSFF partnership will advance farmers’ critical understanding of the regulations for use of all chemicals and compliance with these rules in their day-to-day activities.