Jonathan Hubchen | 9/2/2016 7:49:27 PM
In January 2016, news outlets reported the Southern African nation of Namibian became the first country in that continent to qualify for beef export to the U.S. market (refer to https://www.newera.com.na/2016/07/15/historic-breakthrough-namibian-beef-markets/, http://www.namibian.com.na/index.php?page=archive-read&id=153210 and http://www.namibiansun.com/agriculture/new-markets-open-for-namibian-beef.95446).
The LSU AgCenter helped lay the groundwork for the Namibian beef industry’s successful application to the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service that resulted in this authorization. From 2001 to 2010, the LSU AgCenter, under its International Programs Unit, coordinated the Partnerships for Food Industry Development for Meat, Seafood and Poultry (PFID-MSP) Project on behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Under PFID-MSP, the LSU AgCenter conducted interventions in food safety, value added processing and improved market mechanisms in eleven target countries in the former Soviet Union, Southern Africa and Nicaragua. From 2004 to 2007, the LSU AgCenter conducted PFID-MSP in partnership with the University of Namibia of which Mr. Stephen Barrion was the primary representative.
During those three years, PFID-MSP’s interventions in Namibia included the following:
Nine years has passed since the PFID-MSP’s interventions in Namibia and FSIS’s recognitions. However, Dr. McMillin warned the Project’s Namibian stakeholders that the process would be a long one, and this time was lengthened by the untimely death of the Namibian Chief Veterinary Officer. Establishing a HACCP-based system to ensure that Namibian food safety standards comply with international norms was the necessary first step. The LSU AgCenter takes pride in providing vital guidance to establish these standards. We also congratulate the Namibian beef industry and the University of Namibia in completing this process.