Workshop 1: RIBMINS Cost Action Network Meeting (CA18105) - Workshop about risk-based meat inspection and integrated meat safety assurance

Chairs: Lis Alban, Denmark & Bojan Blagojevic, Serbia

The European Food Safety Authority has recently proposed a generic framework for a modern, flexible and dynamic risk-based meat safety assurance system. Implementation of such a system is expected to be a slow and careful process that will involve its thorough development, fine-tuning and testing its practical feasibility and general impacts.

At the workshop, we will exchange ideas, experience and results of various country-level research studies. We will also identify the knowledge gaps related to such a new system. To ensure that we will cover all aspects, we shall go through the five RIBMINS Working Group topics:

  1. Scope and targets of meat safety assurance,
  2. Farm-level controls and risk categorisation of farms,
  3. Abattoir-level controls and risk categorisation of abattoirs,
  4. Meat safety assurance system impact with changes, addition and alternatives to meat inspection, and
  5. Meat safety assurance system training, communication and monitoring.

The main aim of the workshop and the RIBMINS network is to combine and strengthen European-wide research efforts on modern meat safety control systems. Moreover, Australian, Brazilian, and US presenters will update us on the similar discussions taking place in their countries.

The meeting is open to everybody with an interest in the subject.

Overall, the RIBMINS network shall help the full development and implementation of the general principles of meat safety assurance system across Europe for the benefit of consumers, industry and protection of animal health and welfare.

Outline of workshop at Safepork advertising the RIBMINS Cost Action Network






Introduction to risk-based meat inspection

Lis Alban

Danish Agriculture & Food Council / University of Copenhagen, Denmark


Unsolved issues – pig/pork borne parasites

Lucy Robertson

Norwegian University of Life Sciences


Unsolved issues – pig/pork borne bacteria

Søren Aabo

National Food Institute, Danish Technical University


Prerequisites for a risk-based meat inspection

Elina Felin

University of Helsinki, Finland


Private standards as a tool to ensure pork safety

Derk Oorburg

Vion Company, The Netherlands


Vision technology – Danish experience

Jeppe Seidelin Dam

Danish Technological Institute




Brazilian discussions regarding risk-based meat inspection

Elenita Ruttscheidt Albuquerque

Brazilian Federal Inspection Service, Brazil


US discussions regarding risk-based meat inspection

Melanie Abley

Food Standard and Inspection Service, USA


Australian discussions regarding risk-based meat inspection

Ian Jenson

Meat and Livestock Australia


New Zealand discussions regarding risk-based meat inspection

Emil Murphy

New Zealand Food Safety


The RIBMINS Cost Action Network

Bojan Blagojevic

University of Novi Sad, Serbia


Panel discussion with questions from the audience, facilitated by Lis Alban



Workshop 2: African Swine Fever

Chairs: Franz Conraths, Germany & José-Manuel Sanchez-Vizcaino, Spain

The workshop will deal with the challenges caused by African Swine Fever in affected countries, its economic consequences and measures to prevent the entry of the disease, to detect and control it in both, domestic pigs and wild boar.






The African Swine Fever Pandemic: Status quo

Franz J. Conraths


Pork safe from African swine fever, the

current challenge

Cristina Jurado Diaz


African swine fever in domestic pigs –

Epidemiological insights from Estonia

Imbi Nurmoja


Is the African swine fever epidemic in Estonian

and Latvian wild boar subsiding? Epidemiological analyses of surveillance data

Katja Schulz


Smallholders’ perceptions on biosecurity and disease control in relation to African swine fever in an endemically infected area in northern Uganda

Erika Chenais


Investigating soil as a vector for African swine fever virus in wild boar populations

Jolene Carlson


Role of wild boar carcasses in the epidemiology

of African swine fever

Carolina Probst


Learning from each other - Control measures against African Swine Fever in EU member states

Nico Urner


General Discussion






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