'Food microbial hazards and risks’ seminar


It aims to provide basic knowledge on food safety situation in developing countries and microbial food contamination and related health risks. After an overview of food-borne disease issues, the seminar will move into risk analysis concept with an emphasis on risk assessment and risk communication. In risk assessment, participants will be introduced to stochastic processes, how to build and run a simple risk model using @RISK software.

Seminar agenda

28 July, Thursday

09:00 – Introduction, objectives

09:15 – Food safety in developing countries and Vietnam: Context and issues

09:45 – Risk analysis: Concepts and components

10:15 – Microbial risk assessment (Codex)

  • Hazard identification
  • Dose response
  • Exposure assessment
  • Risk characterization

11:45 – Risk communication: Theory and application

12:15 – Lunch

13:45 – PigRisk project as a framework for risk assessment

14:15 – Practices of risk model development from PigRisk project

15:00 – Tea break

15:30 – Practices, @RISK software, etc.

16:15 – Reflections

16:30 – Closing  


Twenty-five participants, mostly MSc students from the food technology international graduate program of the Vietnam National University of Agriculture (VNUA), will be attending the seminar. Junior lecturers from the faculty of food technology and veterinary medicine of VNUA are also expected to participate.

Seminar organizers/speakers

Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy

  • Dean of Faculty of Food Science and Technology, VNUA

Nguyen Viet Hung

  • Food safety and EcoHealth scientist at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

Fred Unger

  • Veterinary Epidemiologist, ILRI

Tran Thi Tuyet Hanh

  • Lecturer, Environmental health, Hanoi School of Public Health (HSPH)

Luu Quoc Toan

  • Lecturer, Nutrition and Food Safety, HSPH


For more information, please contact:

Ms. Vu Thi Lan 

VNUA Faculty of Food Science and Technology

Mobile: +84 983643005 

Email: lanvt191@gmail.com