Mr. Edmund Tei Sottie, Senior Research Scientist

Office: ARI Room 24

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Degrees: Ph. D. Candidate (Murdoch University, Austrilia),
M. Sc. (University of Bristol, UK), B. Sc. (UG, Ghana)

ACHIEVEMENTS

Awards and Recognitions
  • 2018 - Recipient, Research Training Program Scholarship - Government of Australia and Murdoch University
  • 2009 - Commonwealth Shared Scholar, Commonwealth Scholarship Commission and the University of Bristol, UK
  • 2007 - E. N. W. Oppong award for best graduating student in Animal Science, University of Ghana, Legon


  • Active Affiliations
  • Member, Ghana Society of Animal Production
  • Member, Ghana Science Association

  • RESEARCH

    Research Interest
  • Food (Meat) safety with emphasis on foodborne bacteria.
  • Epidemiology of important zoonoses in food and human-animal-environment interface.
  • Antimicrobial resistance of zoonotic bacterial pathogens.
  • Meat Quality Modifications (Packaging, Nutrition, Value addition).
  • Technology transfer


  • Current Research

    Currently, I am working on integrating microbiological evidence and probabilistic modelling toward quantitative risk assessment of human foodborne illnesses the prevalence of Campylobacter in fresh retail chicken in Accra. Specifically, this study seeks to:


  • Generate baseline data on the prevalence and counts of Campylobacter in retail chicken in Accra, Ghana
  • Profile antimicrobial resistance and putative virulence genes in Campylobacter isolates from the sampled retail chicken
  • Evaluate food safety knowledge and practices of Ghanaian consumers with regards to chicken handling and consumption and
  • Develop a Quantitative Risk Assessment model to predict the burden and Campylobacteriosis associated with retail chicken meat

  • It is expected that this study would provide critical knowledge for management of such an important foodborne pathogen and help improve our food safety management systems.

    BRIEF PROFILE

    Mrs. Nikki Owiredu is a Senior Research Scientist of the CSIR-Animal Research Institute (CSIR-ARI) and head of the Food Safety Unit. She holds a Master of Science degree in Meat Science and Technology from the University of Bristol, United Kingdom and is currently studying for PhD in Veterinary Public Health and Food Safety at the Murdoch University, Western Australia. Her research interests include promoting meat safety, epidemiology of zoonoses in food and animal-human-environment interface and antimicrobial resistance of zoonotic bacteria. Additionally, she is interested in meat quality modifications such as value addition, enhanced packaging, how nutrition impacts on meat quality and the development transfer of technology to end users. She employs microbiological, molecular, food processing and extension procedures in undertaking her research. She has been involved in a number of donor-funded projects such as the West African Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP 2) and COTVET funded development of improved solar dryer for meat all at CSIR-Animal Research Institute. She is passionate about issues of women empowerment and the dissemination of research findings to stakeholders along the agricultural value-chain. She has a number of publications in the form of peer reviewed journal articles, manuals and technical reports to her credit.

    PUBLICATIONS

    Publications
    1. Nkegbe, E., Asuming-Bediako, N., Aikins-Wilson, S. and Hagan, A. (2013). Meat Consumption trends in some selected households in Accra. Asian Journal of Agriculture and Food Sciences; 1(4):

    2. Nkegbe, E., Aikins-Wilson, S., Asuming-Bediako, N. and Munkaila, L. (2013). Consumers Perception on Meat handling in Ghana, Asian Journal of Agriculture and Food Sciences; 1(4):

    3. Asuming-Bediako, N., Jaspal, M. H., Hallet, K., Bayntun, J., Baker, A. and Sheard, P. R. (2014). Effects of replacing pork backfat with emulsified vegetable oil on fatty acid composition and eating quality of UK-style sausages. Meat Science; (96), 187-194

    4. Sarkwa, F. O., Timpong-Jones, E. C., Asuming-Bediako, N., Aikins-Wilson, S. and Adogla-Bessa, T. (2016). A review of the contribution of livestock production to climate change. Livestock Research for rural development; 28(37):

    5. Ohene Adjei, S. and Asuming-Bediako, N. (2017). What is meat- International Perspectives Animal Frontiers; 7(4)

    6. Asuming-Bediako, N., . Aikins-Wilson, S., Affedzie-Obresi, S. and Adu, E. K. (2018). Challenges in the butchery business: Potential opportunities for business in Ghana. Ghana Journal of Agricultural Science; 52

    7. Nkegbe, E., Asuming-Bediako, N., Aikins-Wilson, S., Ahiagbe, M., Arthur, C. and Ogbete, S. (2018). Salmonelosis indications along the sheep and goat meat processing and marketing value chain in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. Ghanaian Journal of Animal Science; 9(1): 88 - 91

    8. Asuming-Bediako, N., Parry-Hanson Kunadu, A., Abraham, S., & Habib, I. (2019). Campylobacter at the Human-Food Interface: The African Perspective. Pathogens (Basel, Switzerland), 8(2), 87. doi:10.3390/pathogens8020087


    List of current publications
    (Peer-reviewed)
    1. Asuming-Bediako, N., Parry-Hanson Kunadu, A., Abraham, S., and Habib, I. (2019). Campylobacter at the Human-Food Interface: The African Perspective. Pathogens (Basel, Switzerland); 8(2): 87

    2. Nkegbe, E., Asuming-Bediako, N., Aikins-Wilson, S., Ahiagbe, M., Arthur, C. and Ogbete, S. (2018). Salmonellosis indications along the sheep and goat meat processing and marketing value chain in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. Ghanaian Journal of Animal Science; 9(1): 88 - 91

    3. Asuming-Bediako, N., Aikins-Wilson, S., Affedzie-Obresi, S. and Adu, E. K. (2018). Challenges in the butchery business: Potential opportunities for business in Ghana. Ghana Journal of Agricultural Science; 52, 121 - 129

    4. Ohene Adjei, S. and Asuming-Bediako, N. (2017). International Perspectives- What is meat in Ghana. Animal Frontiers; 7(4): 60 – 62

    5. Sarkwa, F. O., Timpong-Jones, E. C., Asuming-Bediako, N., Aikins-Wilson, S. and Adogla-Bessa, T. (2016). The contribution of livestock production to climate change: a review Livestock Research for Rural Development; 28(37): 1 – 14

    6. Asuming-Bediako, N., Jaspal, M. H., Hallet, K., Bayntun, J., Baker, A. and Sheard, P. R, (2014). Effects of replacing pork backfat with emulsified vegetable oil on fatty acid composition and eating quality of UK-style sausages. Meat Science; 96, 187 – 194

    7. Nkegbe, E., Asuming-Bediako, N., Aikins-Wilson, S. and Hagan, A. (2013). Meat Consumption Trends in Some Selected Households in Accra, Ghana. Asian Journal of Agriculture and Food Sciences; 1(4): 151 – 157


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