Newton UK Peru Foodborne Diseases and Public Health Governance

IDS is part of a research consortium that implements the MRC-Newton project ‘Foodborne diseases and public health governance: comparing food safety consumer preferences and governance in the supply of meat to urban markets. The overall aim in this project is to propose public health policies that can enhance nutrition and health through improved safety of animal derived food, without negatively affecting local food production. We do so by studying the systems of supply and demand of meat in three cities: Huaral, Tumbes, and Huancayo.

In this comparison we will identify the quantity and quality of the product, and the perceptions and attitudes toward food safety risks and governance models. More specifically, we want to answer the following questions:

  • How are food safety risks perceived and addressed by farmers, traders, processors, food vendors and poor urban consumers?
  • What food hygiene measures can improve safety of meat sourced from different supply chains?
  • What governance models can improve food safety and public health without disrupting local food production?

Based on an assessment of the microbiological safety of meat products from a heterogeneous purposively selected sample of market outlets, and the identification of critical control points along six supply chains, we identify entrance points for national policies and local governance arrangements that support the safety of meat supplied by local small-scale producers in urban food markets.


Recent work

Journal Article

COVID Policy and Urban Food Markets in Peru: Governance and Compliance

Urban food markets are essential channels of food distribution and spaces of social interaction where COVID-19 could be easily transmitted. The Peruvian government used budget incentives to motivate local governments to implement social distancing and food safety measures in these markets.

Giel Ton
Giel Ton & 2 others

19 February 2023