Cows at Woodpark farm

Food Safety and Security

1 in 10 people globally lack sufficient food for a healthy, active life, and a further third of the population have problems of over nutrition leading to food related non-communicable diseases. There are also a significant proportion of the population with micro-nutritient deficiencies. Globally, a critical challenge is this triple burden of malnutrition which demands food systems that can provide affordable, accessible and safe food for all regardless of socio-economic level or geographical location. The Institute is an international leader in food systems research, especially through improved control of infectious disease in food producing animals, improved food safety and understanding the dynamics of livestock food systems.

The Food Security Challenge is supported by the University’s Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Food Systems (CESFS). CESFS is a cross faculty initiative directed by Jonathan Rushton, and supported by the N8 Agrifood programme. The Centre addresses food systems research that can support the development of systems that optimise human and animal health and minimise negative externalities on the environment and public health. 

Highlights of our research include:

Liver ‌fluke at Liverpool

We are working on finding improved ways to control liver fluke infection in ‌sheep and cattle by designing new diagnostic tests, developing strategic control programmes and sustainable use of drug treatments, and supporting vaccine development. Read more...


Goats in EthiopiaGlobal Burden of Animal Disease programme

GBADs will explore impacts of animal disease and health problems in order to identity weak resource allocation and address these in order to make the livestock food systems more sustainable. Read more...


Sampling pig Food Safety in Kenya

We have mapped the livestock food system, explored issues on food safety and impacts of poor available diets and nutrition on the development of children in Kenya. Read more...


CESFS food imageCentre of Excellence for Sustainable Food Systems

CESFS are coordinating a project on the food system in the Liverpool city region in order to understand the contributions of different aspects of the food system on the obesogenic environment that we live in. Read more...


Liverpool Livestock Lameness Group

The Group is primarily focused on undertaking research into the aetiology, epidemiology, management and prevention of infectious dermatological disorders of the foot in which lameness is the primary clinical feature. Read more...