In this project we study the safety of chicken meat and beef, how poor people access these meats and how can their safety be improved to increase people's nutrition and health in Peru. We have chosen to study meat because 1) meat is an excellent source of high-quality protein and nutrients (especially important for children and adolescents), but 2) consumption of meat is often associated with foodborne illness, in particular in low- and middle-income countries such as Peru. The synergistic interactions of diarrhoea and undernutrition are well recognized and young children are particularly vulnerable. In Peru, diarrhoea is one of the most common illness for children, causing long-lasting malnutrition, and problems in infants' and children's health. For adults, these diseases lead to illness and at times death. Therefore, it is important to understand how safe meat products are in Peru, from whom poor people buy meats, and how the quality of meats poor people consume can be improved.
This is a collaborative project between UK (RVC and Institute of Development Studies) and Peruvian partners: Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Universidad Nacional del Centro del Peru, Universidad Nacional Micaela Bastidas de Apurímac and Grupo de Analisis para el Desarrollo (GRADE).