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Vet Res Commun. 2008 Sep;32 Suppl 1:S25-32. doi: 10.1007/s11259-008-9084-4.

Duties and functions of veterinary public health for the management of food safety: present needs and evaluation of efficiency.

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Department of Veterinary Public Health and Animal Pathology, University of Bologna, via Tolara di Sopra 50, 40064, Ozzano Emilia, Bologna, Italy.


Functions of veterinarians in the context of food safety assurance have changed very much in the last ten years as a consequence of new legislation. The aim of this review is to evaluate the management tools in veterinary public health that shall be used in response to the actual need and consider some possible key performance indicators. This review involved an examination of the legislation, guidelines and literature, which was then discussed to analyse the actual need, the strategies and the procedures with which the public veterinary service shall comply. The management of information gathered at different stages of the food chain, from both food production operators and veterinary inspectors operating in primary production, food processing and feed production should be exchanged and integrated in a database, not only to produce annual reports and plan national sampling plans, but also to verify and validate the effectiveness of procedures and strategies implemented by food safety operators to control risks. Further, the surveillance data from environmental agencies and human epidemiological units should be used for assessing risks and addressing management options.

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