The fabrication of safe and healthy food is an important challenge for food producers and opens new international markets for Serbian products.
After the development of the first Food Monitoring Program, in line with European Union requirements, the Twinning project organized the first two workshops in Novi Sad on 27 February at the Veterinary Scientific Institute and on 01 March at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Belgrade.
Training sessions continued in the summer – 17 July in Kraljevo and 18 July in Niš.
The Hungarian Twinning project experts Ms. Zsuzsanna Sréterné Lancz and Ms. Adrienn Berkics spoke about microbiological criteria set down in Community legislation, the role of the different competent authorities, sampling strategies and statistical background of planning the monitoring programs and their structure, as well as the designation of official laboratories.
Representatives of the beneficiary country, Ms. Tamara Bošković (Veterinary Directorate) and Prof Dr Neđeljko Karabasil (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine) presented the new Rulebook on the Monitoring of food of animal origin and sampling methods. The final part of the workshop was dedicated to specific cases of the most important pathogens in food safety criteria within EU legislation: Listeria Monocytogenes, Salmonella spp., Campylobacter and Shigatoxin producing E. coli.
Around 50 participants attended the workshops, coming mostly from regional veterinary and public health institutes, veterinary inspections, laboratories and research institutes and the Veterinary Directorate.
Workshop in Novi Sad
Workshop in Belgrade
Workshop in Kraljevo
Workshop in Niš