Meat safety in Tanzania’s value chain: experiences, explanations and expectations in butcheries and eateries

Prinsen, G. et al. (2020) Meat safety in Tanzania’s value chain: experiences, explanations and expectations in butcheries and eateries. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(8), 2833. (doi: 10.3390/ijerph17082833) (PMID:32326067) (PMCID:PMC7216110)

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Abstract

Urbanisation is associated with changes in consumption patterns and food production processes. These patterns and processes can increase or decrease the risks of outbreaks of foodborne diseases and are generally accompanied by changes in food safety policies and regulations about food handling. This affects consumers, as well as people economically engaged in the food value chain. This study looks at Tanzania’s red meat value chain—which in its totality involves about one third of the population—and focuses on the knowledge, attitudes and reported practices of operators of butcheries and eateries with regards to meat safety in an urban and in a rural environment. We interviewed 64 operators about their experiences with foodborne diseases and their explanations and expectations around meat safety, with a particular emphasis on how they understood their own actions regarding food safety risks vis-à-vis regulations. We found operators of eateries emphasising their own agency in keeping meat safe, whereas operators of butcheries—whose products are more closely inspected—relied more on official inspections. Looking towards meat safety in the future, interviewees in rural areas were, relative to their urban counterparts, more optimistic, which we attribute to rural operators’ shorter and relatively unmediated value chains.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Zadoks, Professor Ruth and Cleaveland, Professor Sarah and Thomas, Dr Kate
Creator Roles:
Zadoks, R.Conceptualization, Funding acquisition, Project administration, Supervision, Writing – review and editing, Writing – original draft
Cleaveland, S.Funding acquisition, Project administration
Thomas, K.Writing – review and editing
Authors: Prinsen, G., Benschop, J., Cleaveland, S., Crump, J. A., French, N. P., Hrynick, T., Mariki, B., Mmbaga, B. T., Sharp, J. P., Swai, E. S., Thomas, K. M., Zadoks, R. N., and Waldman, L.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
Journal Name:International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Publisher:MDPI
ISSN:1661-7827
ISSN (Online):1660-4601
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 by the authors.
First Published:First published in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17(8):2833
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons license

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
190821Hazards associated with zoonotic enteric pathogens in emerging livestock meat pathways (HAZEL)Ruth ZadoksBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)BB/L017679/1Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
190825Social, economic and environmental drivers of zoonoses in Tanzania (SEEDZ)Sarah CleavelandBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)BB/L018926/1Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine