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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2023

From farm to table: exploring food handling and hygiene practices of meat and milk value chain actors in Ethiopia

Nyokabi, Ndungu S.; Phelan, Lisette; Gemechu, Gizachew; Berg, Stefan; Lindahl, Johanna F.; Mihret, Adane; Wood, James L. N.; Moore, Henrietta L.

Abstract

Livestock value chains constitute a source of livelihood for meat and milk value chain actors in Ethiopia, from dairy farmers to other associated value chain actors such as milk traders, abattoir workers, public health officials, veterinarians, butcheries selling meats, milk cooperatives, artisanal milk processors, and transporters. The development of these livestock value chains, however, is constrained by poor food safety and quality, while consumers are also exposed to public health risks due to milk and meat value chain actors' food handling and hygiene practices.This study used Photovoice and participant observation to explore meat and milk value chain actors' food handling and hygiene practices in suburban areas of Addis Ababa and neighbouring Oromia in Ethiopia. The results of this study reveal that milk and meat value chain actors' food handling practices are not aligned with the recommended Ethiopian food safety and quality standards. Low compliance with food safety and quality standards reflected a combination of factors such as lack of incentives, poor road infrastructure and low enforcement of food safety standards.Participatory and visual research methods enable a researcher to collect context-aware data that can lead to the development of policies and intervention strategies that reflect local needs and priorities. The results of this study affirm the need to identify socially acceptable and economically viable policies and intervention strategies that are acceptable to all chain actors; and suggest there is an imperative to train milk and meat value chain actors on good hygiene handling practices, improve road infrastructure, and facilitate access equipment such as fridges and freezers that can contribute to maintaining food safety and quality.

Keywords

Participatory research; Food safety; Food security; Zoonoses; One health; Visual methods

Published in

BMC Public Health
2023, Volume: 23, number: 1, article number: 899
Publisher: BMC

    Sustainable Development Goals

    SDG3 Good health and well-being
    SDG2 Zero hunger
    SDG9 Industry, innovation and infrastructure

    UKÄ Subject classification

    Pathobiology
    Food Science

    Publication identifier

    DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-023-15824-3

    Permanent link to this page (URI)

    https://res.slu.se/id/publ/122417