1a. Objectives (from AD-416):
The objective of this Annex is to establish the Center for Food Safety and Quality, co-located at the Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, People’s Republic of China and the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, Nebraska, United States. Each center will conduct research, develop scientific tools and technology, and introduce improved methods for agricultural products processing in combination with other human pursuits that socially and economically maintain livelihoods and protect the environment through information exchange, education and proactive extension services. This Annex is subject to the terms and conditions of the S & T Agreement and the Protocol. In the event of any conflict between the terms and conditions of the S & T Agreement or the Protocol and this Annex, the S & T Agreement and the Protocol shall govern.
1b. Approach (from AD-416):
Cooperation under this Annex may include, but is not limited to, the following topic areas: (1) Food-borne pathogens: such as E. coli 0157:H7, Salmonella, Listerai etc. (2) Microbiological prediction and control technology: the establishment of microbiological prediction models and their application in food processing; (3) Information services and technology transfer: Assemble, manage, and publish data and information resources for research, education, and public service. To generate broad interest and increased activities, the Participants will, upon mutual consent, involve other interested government agencies and the scientific and business communities of both countries in cooperative programs, trade capacity-building activities, and scientific cooperation and exchanges in implementation of this Annex.
3. Progress Report:
Due to a retirement in ARS there has not been any activity under this annex this year. In addition it has reached the end of its five-year performance period. At the 11th Joint Working Group meeting the USDA Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics and China MOST Vice Minister discussed amending this annex for to include other cooperators. In July, 2013 Governor Sam Brownback, from Kansas visited Beijing and met with the Vice Minister. They discussed establishing a science park for food safety at Kansas State University and a joint center at the Henan Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Food safety will be a major focus of the 12th JWG meeting.