Food Safety Innovation Lab

The goal of this project is to develop and apply new applied

Food Safety Innovation Lab

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Food Safety Innovation Lab

Title:           Reducing Foodborne Pathogen Contamination of Vegetables in Cambodia: Innovative Research, Targeted Interventions, and Impactful, Cambodian-Led Engagement

Duration:       3.5 years; anticipated project period October 1, 2020-March 31, 2024.

Goals:             Measurably reducing the prevalence and incidence of foodborne pathogen contamination of vegetables produced and sold in Cambodia. Ultimately, this will lead to reduced human exposure to foodborne pathogens via the consumption of vegetables and reduced risk of foodborne disease.


  1. Identification of Critical Control Points: If the ethological agents responsible for foodborne disease can be identified, then high impact research can be designed to target specific foodborne pathogens and diseases.
  2. Creation of Targeted Interventions: If research is locally-led and focus on identified threats with consideration to scale, gender, access to capital, then inclusive intervention can be created for local food safety challenges.
  3. Delivery of Data-driven Engagement: If engagement programs are informed by research (1 and 2) and developed for the local context, then food mitigations will be adopted and effective.


This project has been designed to produce real and quantifiable impacts. The overall strategy includes targeted initiatives, all geared towards producing quantifiable reductions in food safety risks associated with vegetable consumption. Capacity development is integrated throughout the project, and engagement programs are data-informed to facilitate learning and application of food safety within the Cambodian context.

Main Activities:

– Research activities involving human subjects are centered on measuring: 1) knowledge or skills gaps; willingness-to-adopt food safety practices; and 2) efficacy of engagement Programming.

-This research aims to ensure that laboratory research and discovery are informed by potential end-users. Likewise, measuring efficacy of programming will allow to measure the level of adoption of research products and to revise such programming for greater impact.

-The research will be survey-based and may measure perceptions, opinions, practices, etc. Recruited audiences may include farmers (producers), vendors, consumers, and other private-sector groups associated with informal vegetable markets.


  1. Kansas State University (KSU)
  2. Purdue University (PU)
  3. Pennsylvania State University (PSU)
  4. Center of Excellence on Sustainable Agricultural Intensification and Nutrition (CESAIN)
  5. The Royal University of Agriculture
  6. Institute of Technology Cambodia (ITC)
  7. Institut Pasteur du Cambodge (IPC)
  8. World Vegetable Center (World Veg)
  9. Consumer Protection, Competition, and Fraud Repression Directorate General (CCF)
  10. National Institute of Science, Technology and Innovation (NISTI)

Donors: Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Safety (FSIL) supported by the United State Agency for International Development (USAID).

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