IDReC researchers collaborate on African food safety project

by IDReC

Professor Nigel French and Dr Jackie Benschop are part of a global alliance of researchers that has been awarded $8.8 million to help study the spread of zoonotic infectious diseases between livestock and humans in Tanzania.

The project will provide an understanding of the livestock meat pathway and the major risks associated with food production, with respect to food-borne pathogens such as salmonella and campylobacter.

The project is part of the ‘Zoonoses in Emerging Livestock Systems programme’, funded by United Kingdom’s Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and Department for International Development.

Professor French and Dr Benschop will join Professor John Crump, McKinlay Professor of Global Health and Co-Director of the University of Otago Centre for International Health, as part of the multidisciplinary team providing expertise to improve human health in some of Tanzania’s poorest communities.

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