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Possibilities of establishing a smallholder pig identification and traceability system in Kenya.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1175-0398
2019 (English)In: Tropical Animal Health and Production, ISSN 0049-4747, E-ISSN 1573-7438Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Consumers have a right to safer foods, and traceability is one approach to meeting their expectations. Kenya does not have an operational animal traceability system, and while a few initiatives have been piloted, these have only focused on the beef value chain. In this paper, we begin a discussion on traceability in the pig value chain, with an initial focus on smallholder systems of Western Kenya. First, a background to local pig production is given, and a description of animal identification and traceability options applicable to these systems is explained. Based on this, a "butcher-to-farm" traceability system, with health, production and food safety as objectives, is discussed. Requirements for establishing such a system (including actor incentives) are additionally discussed. The proposed approach can be piloted in the field and findings used to inform the design of a larger pilot and possibly pave way for implementation of a national traceability system, in line with the guidelines provided by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Organized systems in the area (including commercial producer and trader groups) would offer a useful starting point.

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Animal identification, Disease surveillance, Food safety, Smallholder pig systems, Traceability, Welfare
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-400980DOI: 10.1007/s11250-019-02077-9PubMedID: 31529303OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-400980DiVA, id: diva2:1382682
Available from: 2020-01-03 Created: 2020-01-03 Last updated: 2020-02-04Bibliographically approved

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