Ongoing activities

Provision of (emergency) confirmatory laboratory services to FAO member countries

  • detection of zoonotic agents along the food chain
  • serotyping and genotyping of Salmonella strains

Contributing to the improvement of disease diagnostic capability of national and regional laboratories in FAO member countries

The following examples may elucidate the work being done within this framework; not only since 2012, the year of the implementation.


The case of the Joint Master Programme in Veterinary Public Health (MVPH) of Freie Universität Berlin and Chiang Mai University in Thailand:

Every master student carries out a laboratory based field study in his/her home country; within this academic requirement of  home country studies diagnostic laboratory work is done in the respective `home´ lab:

6th Joint MVPH Programme 2011-2013:

Philippines Microbiol. hygiene status pig slaughterhouse Prof. Fries
Vietnam Salmonella spp.  diagnostics Prof. Fries
Thailand Str. suis in healthy slaughter pigs Prof. Fries
Philippines Campylobacter spp. diagnostics Prof. Alter
Vietnam Vibrio spp. diagnostics, antimicrob. resistance Prof. Alter
Nepal Salmonella spp.  diagnostics Prof. Hafez
Bangladesh Antimicrobial resistance using E. coli Prof. Hafez
China ESBL resistance in dairy cows Prof. Rösler

Previous Joint MVPH programmes 2003 -2011, among others:

Bhutan Inspection of cattle intended for slaughter Prof. Fries
Cambodia Inspection of swine intended for slaughter Prof. Fries

All master thesis of the Joint Programme can be found under Veterinary Public Health Centre for Asia  The Thesis of 4th student generation.

Furthermore, the VPH Centre for Asia Pacific (VPHCAP) of the Partner Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the Chiang Mai University  improved and updated  its capacity: Salmonella serotyping for the Master Studies had been done for years by the FU VPH Panel only, now having been taken over by the VPHAPC.


(“sandwich” and other)  PhD/ Doctoral  projects

  • Individual projects (lab based) are funded by different institutions. Presently, the following scientists are working at the Panel institutes:
  • Ethiopia (Mr. Adam Hiko with Prof. Fries) in close cooperation with the Addis Ababa University
  • China (Mrs. Meng Lu with Prof. Alter) under Chines Scholarship Council (CSC)
  • Uganda (Kristina Rösel) within BMZ-ILRI
  • VibrioNet  (Dr. Hühn)
  • Thailand (Kasetsart University): MSc VPH DVM Arsooth Sanguankiat at the Institute of Meat Hygiene and Technology


Courses and ad hoc training :

  • 2011 in Food Chain Hygiene at Chiang Mai University / Thailand
  • Dr. Thuy (Hanoi) in Berlin


Professional development and capacity building

Integrated and ongoing:

  • Joint Master in Veterinary Public Health (MVPH) with Chiang Mai University in Thailand

See the respective websites:


PhD projects:

  • Ethiopia (Adem Hiko)
  • Uganda (Kristina Rösel) within BMZ-ILRI “Safe Food Fair Food 2” Project (SFFF2-Project)
  • Thailand (Arsooth)


Annual Conferences at the Institute of Meat Hygiene

Every year, the Institute for Meat Hygiene organises a scientific conference on VPH issues emphasizing in particular the food chain and control measures.

Themes covered included, among others:

  • Handling of Livestock and Limits of Livestock Production
  • The Food Chain: prevailing agents and biosecurity measures
  • The Food Chain and its Elements
  • Performance of Inspection of specific food animals
  • Practical application of the Hygiene Package of the EU

Contributions are published as proceeding volumes and can be obtained from Institute for Meat Hygiene and -Technology (we09).


Training courses for “Official Auxiliaries in Food Animal Inspections”

In the EU, trained (lay) persons are active in (p.m.) food animal inspection procedures. For official auxiliaries acc. to Reg. (EC) 854/2004, training courses of 6 month duration are run on a regular basis;  in 2009 with 44 participants  and 2006/07 with 27 participants.

Training modules/units in meat inspection in and for Ethiopia and Uganda

(Fries/ Baumann under the BMZ-ILRI “Safe Food Fair Food 2” Project, SFFF2-Project)