Mapping of dressed and processed poultry products in Bangladesh: Identifying the food safety risks for policy intervention

Jinnat Ferdous, Md Helal Uddin, Rashed Mahmud, Mathew Hennessey, Abdullah Al Sattar, Suman Das Gupta, Justine S. Gibson, Robyn Alders, Joerg Henning, Guillaume Fournié, Md. Ahasanul Hoque

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    Bangladesh’s commercial poultry production is growing rapidly, including the commercial processing of poultry. This expansion of poultry processing plants is fueled by the belief that this sub-sector provides safer food and has less food-borne disease risks compared to traditional live bird markets (LBMs). The purpose of this study is to describe Bangladesh’s dressed and processed poultry production and distribution network (PDN), identify what and where quality control occurs, and suggest where improvements could be made. Engaging with PDN for dressed and processed poultry, we used in-depth interviews with key informants to identify the stakeholders involved and their connections with other poultry PDNs. In addition, we mapped out the supply and distribution of dressed and processed poultry and quality control processes occurring throughout the network. We argue that dressed and processed poultry PDNs are closely connected with traditional PDNs such as LBMs, with multiple crossover points between them. Also, there is a lack of consistency in quality control testing and a lack of meat traceability. Consequently, perceptions of dressed and processed poultry being safer than birds from LBMs needs to be treated with caution. Otherwise, unsubstantiated consumer confidence in dressed poultry may inadvertently increase the risk of food-borne diseases from these products.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1991–2002
    JournalVeterinary Research Communications
    Publication statusPublished - 2023

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