Bangladesh Aquatic and Aquacultural Food Safety Center
Description of AAFSC, key dates of activities involving JIFSAN
AAFSC is a collaboration with Bangladesh Shrimp and Fish Foundation (BSFF) and JIFSAN to provide food safety training to improve the safety of farmed and capture aquaculture products in Bangladesh. AAFSC operates based on the TTT approach. Some of the trainings have been partially funded by FDA, but the majority of the initial U.S. based funding came from USDA-FAS or USAID, as USDA-FAS was interested in promoting the use of U.S. sourced feed and USAID has identified Bangladesh as priority country under Feed the Future.
Key dates and activities involving JIFSAN trainers
- • 2009 -As part of the Initiative’s Phase I of development, JIFSAN delivered its standard GAqP training program in Kuhlna, Bangladesh. During this program, a small group of participants were selected to become the initial cadre of ToT.
- • 2010 -formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between JIFSAN and BSFF was signed, establishing the AAFSC under the Collaborative Training Initiative. Since then, JIFSAN has helped BSFF develop Good Aquacultural Paractices (GAqPs) and Good Fishing Vessel Practices (GFVP) and later Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) training modules for the aquaculture industry.
- • 2010 – Phase II - the selected ToT came to JIFSAN at the University of Maryland and Virginia Tech for training. During the training, the participants worked with JIFSAN instructors to identify components of the existing GAqP program that they could use in their trainings and additional areas that were specifically relevant to the Bangladesh industry.
- • 2011 - Phase III, JIFSAN offered its GAqP program in Bangladesh in December 2011, with a third of the program presented by the Bangladesh AAFSC ToT.
- • 2014 – Phase III the curriculum was extended to include a two-day HACCP training.
- • 2014 and 2015 - JIFSAN instructors went back and delivered trainings on GAqP + HACCP and GFVP + HACCP.
- • 2016 - JIFSAN instructors delivered the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) / Alliance Training on Seafood HACCP (link to those pages). While this training is not mandated, it is recommended by the FDA to use in combination with their `Fish and Fishery Products Hazards and Controls Guidance'.
AAFSC action to facilitate “buy-in” to have a larger multiplier effect
- • AAFSC was successful because it involved many partners as well as the Government of Bangladesh (GoB). The GoB included AAFSC’s establishment as a part of the aquaculture development strategy under the Economic Growth Program of the Ministry of Commerce (MoC). AAFSC was initially supported by USAID, the DoF, and the Bangladesh Aquaculture Alliance. It is also working closely with each sector of the aquaculture industry’s value chain and the relevant public sector organizations, in particular, the DoF, Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute (BFRI), Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute (BLRI), Department of Livestock Services (DoLS), Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock (MoFL), Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Labor and Employments and Ministry of Health. AAFSC is also working with the appropriate NGOs.
- • AAFSC’s initial business plan called for a five-year funding of 340 million Bangladeshi Taka (BDT) or 5 million US dollars. AAFSC obtained from the MoC 139.6 million BDT (US$2M) and worked to raise the remaining $3M from other donors.
- • Since the establishment of AAFSC, BSFF has continued to leverage resources from a number of organizations such as the EU, USAID, UNIDO, FAO, World Fish, and the STDF to expand trainings in GAqP and GFVP and has raised much more funds than laid out in their initial plan.
- • The BSFF has worked hard to achieve the goal of AAFSC and leverage a number of resources which is in line with the FDA’s International Food Safety Capacity Building Plan. Working paper describing the CTI goes into detail of other activities and funds supporting such activities
- • Collectively under these projects, BSFF has developed a core team of ToT to train in GAqP - Seafood HACCP-based inspection, monitoring, and auditing system for the DoF, the Bangladesh Frozen Foods Exporters’ Association, the Bangladesh Economic Growth Program Project, and BSFF. BSFF has promoted the implementation of Seafood HACCP in Bangladesh with skippers of industrial and artisanal trawlers to develop core trainers and provided Seafood HACCP training to aquaculture establishments.
- • BSFF developed a TTT program for Food Testing Laboratory Operations, a number of programs to improve inputs into shrimp production including Closed System Aquaculture using White Spot Syndrome Virus (WSSV)-negative post larvae, introduction of One-Mother-One-Tank facilities at shrimp hatcheries to produce WSSV-free post larvae, assisted in improving the quality of feed.
- • BSFF has implemented a number of capacity building measures to improve the labor in factories on: best handling, grading, peeling, deveining, processing, and packaging practices of shrimp product by maintaining Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOPs) for descaling, filleting, and processing of fin fish products by maintaining SSOPs for the preparation and processing of value-added products.
- • BSFF has developed a core set of trainers on E-traceability and paper-based traceability.
AAFSC Metric highlights to date
- • JIFSAN offered its GAqP program in Bangladesh in December 2011, with a third of the program presented by the Bangladesh AAFSC ToT. Started in 2014, the curriculum was extended to include a two-day HACCP training. In 2014 and 2015, JIFSAN instructors went back and delivered trainings on GAqP + HACCP and GFVP + HACCP. In June 2016, they delivered the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) / Alliance Training on Seafood HACCP.
- • GAqP Metrics
AAFSC Manuals and publications
- Training Manuals
- Local Language (under development)
Other publications/conference proceedings
- • Lessons from JIFSAN’s Collaborative Training Initiatives Promoting Country-Driven Food Safety Capacity Building in Bangladesh and India
- • 2012 “WHAT BANGLADESH HAS RECENTLY DONE IN AQUACULTURE FOOD SAFETY,” by Dr. Mahmudul Karim, BSFF, World Aquaculture Meetings
- • 2007 “JIFSAN Good Aquacultural Practices Program Growout Pond and Water Quality Management” by Andrew Lazur
- • Nov 24, 2010 “Development of Bangladesh Food Safety and Security measures and Global Harmonization of Antibiotic use in Animal Husbandry” Presentation on Public Private Joint Initiative To Ensure Food Safety and Security” by Syed Mahmudul Huq
News stories mentioning CTI involvement
- • 30 October 2009 –”Aquaculture Food Safety Planned for Bangladesh” by the Fish Site
- • November 3, 2009- “FDA, JIFSAN travel to Bangladesh” By SeafoodSource staff
- • November, 20, 2009 “FDA Visits Shrimp and Prawn Farms in Bangladesh and Helps Train a Cadre of People in
Good Aquaculture Practices”
- • April 5, 2010 “Fish Foundation teams up with Maryland University”
- • September 17, 2010 “Bangladesh Fish Farmers Trained in Safety, by the Fish Site
- • September 17, 2010 “FDA train Bangladeshis on aquaculture safety”
- • September 23, 2010 “FDA train Bangladeshis on aquaculture safety FDA train Bangladeshis on aquaculture safety”
- • January 18, 2011 “Aquaculture Alliance to launch next month to boost industry”
- • 5 April 2012 “Symposium on ‘Bangladesh – USA Economic Relations and Investment Prospects – Days Ahead’ held in Washington DC” PRESS RELEASE - Embassy of Bangladesh
- • 2013 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related ...By United States. Congress. House. Committee on Appropriations. Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations for 2014
- • >Nov 14, 2014 “Specialized Training of National Food Safety Laboratory personnel in leading laboratories abroad”
- • August 3, 2015 Code of conduct for shrimp industry updated and https://www.daily-sun.com/arcprint/details/63585/2015/08/03/Code-of-conduct-for-shrimp-industry-launched/2015-08-03
- • April 3, 2017 “Bangladesh Ponds Aquaculture Standard Version A3.2” Seafood Watch Consulting Research
- • July 31, 2018 “WFP Bangladesh Country Brief”,
Links to other “sister” projects and research collectively supporting the effort to improve food safety in aquaculture products in Bangladesh
- • STDF/PG/321 project - BUILDING TRADE CAPACITY OF SMALL-SCALE SHRIMP AND PRAWN FARMERS
World Fish Projects
- o Market development for quality feed production in Bangladesh
- o Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia in Bangladesh (CSISA)
- o Haor Infrastructure and Livelihood Improvement Project (HILIP)
- o Enhanced Coastal Fisheries in Bangladesh (ECOFISH-BD)
- o Building Climate-Resilient Ecosystems and Livelihoods in Bangladesh (CREL)
- o Improving Fish Production, Consumption and Nutrition Linkages for the Poor
- o Building Trade Capacity of Small-scale Shrimp and Prawn Farmers in Bangladesh
- o Fish Consumption in the First 1000 Days for increased Protein Intake and Improved Nutrition
- o Managing Aquatic Agricultural Systems to Improve Nutrition and Livelihoods in Bangladesh
- o Aquaculture for Income and Nutrition (AIN)
- o Participatory Research on Habitat Restoration for Small Ponds in Bangladesh
- o Mobile Solutions Technical Assistance and Research in Bangladesh (mSTAR)
- o Suchana: Ending the Cycle of undernutrition in Bangladesh
- o Improving the technological foundations for sustainable aquaculture
- o Promoting multi-stakeholder contributions to international cooperation on sustainable solutions for aquaculture development in South-East Asia
- o Scaling Up/Out Climate-Smart Agriculture Technologies, Practices and Services Across South Asia
- o Building capacity, coordination and communication for collective action on small-scale fisheries
- o Improving Food Security and Livelihoods of Poor Farming Households (IFSL)
- o Capacitating Farmers and Fishers to Manage Climate Risks in South Asia (CaFFSA)
- o IDEA: Income, Diets and Empowerment through Aquaculture
USAID FTF Fisheries projects in Bangladesh
- o Identifying Major Sources of Fecal Pathogens in Bangladeshi Aquaculture Value Chains and Evaluating the Effectiveness of Various Risk Reduction Strategies , Collaborative research project with Washington State University, JIFSAN,, University of Dhaka, and Department of Fisheries (awarded Feb 2020; website in progress)
- • World Bank - Bangladesh Sustainable Coastal and Marine Fisheries, project duration: October 5, 2018 - December 31, 2023
FAO – Bangladesh country programs
- o MTF /BGD/046/STF: Building trade capacity of small-scale shrimp and prawn farmers in Bangladesh. Investing in the Bottom of the Pyramid Approach.
- o GCP /BGD/056/LDF: Community-based Climate Resilient Fisheries and Aquaculture Development in Bangladesh (PPG).