The Transmission

A pathway to our perspectives, announcements, and the latest animal health and food safety news.

December 1, 2013
Risk analysis has become an increasingly in-demand tool among countries and intergovernmental organizations because of its systematic, scientific and disciplined approach to food safety decision-making. Risk analysis utilizes available science to make the most informed decisions to reduce the risks to humans, plants, and animals. Risk assessment, risk management, and risk communication are three distinct but connected components of risk analysis
Tags: Policy
December 1, 2013
Are consumers entitled to know whether their food is genetically engineered, or is labeling an unnecessary tool that induces fear of safe food products? Is backyard poultry production an ethical and environmentally-sound practice, or does it compromise consumer health by spreading foodborne illness?
Tags: Training
December 1, 2013
An infographic gives a visual of the contributions made by the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety to the education mission of the University of Minnesota.
Continue reading: Education by the Numbers
September 1, 2013
People, animals and food can move around the world faster than ever before. Protecting people from animal diseases and food-borne illness in this ever changing global marketplace requires innovative international. 2013 is proving to be a record year for new educational partnerships that build capacity to keep people healthy.
September 1, 2013
Download or view a side-by-side comparison infographic of the University of Minnesota and Chiang Mai University.
September 1, 2013
This summer the Food and Agriculture Organization offered several University of Minnesota (UMN) students internships at its country offices in Morocco, Rwanda, and Peru. Five students from the School of Public Health (SPH) and the UMN law school gained valuable international experience and the opportunity to observe agriculture methods, systems of productions and Intergovernmental Organization’s operations in contexts vastly different than the U.S. through the continued partnership between FAO and UMN.
June 1, 2013
Two years ago, Dr. Karlyn Eckman of the Water Resources Center at the University of Minnesota took notice of shifting cultivation, subpar water quality, and food insecurity in the northeastern state of Mizoram in India.
March 1, 2013
The Prince Mahidol Awards Conference (PMAC) is held each January in Bangkok, Thailand, in honor of its namesake who is revered as the country’s father of public health. This year, nearly 1000 professionals from academia, government, NGOs, and private industry convened to discuss One Health cross-sectoral approaches in fighting infectious diseases. PMAC was attended by several people from the University of Minnesota, including GIFSL director Dr. Will Hueston, veterinary public health resident Dr. Cara Cherry, and Associate Dean for Education and Global Affairs Debra Olson of the School of Public Health.
Tags: One Health
March 1, 2013
The One Health approach has gained steam over the last decade as a means of facilitating trans-disciplinary collaboration to address global health issues. Six true stories of effective applications of One Health are now available. Dr. Jamie Umber, who coordinated the story compilation, says that "there is growing knowledge that people remember compelling stories better than they do scientific data," but rather anecdotes.
Continue reading: One Health Compelling Stories

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