IFIF and the FAO continue to strengthen collaboration on critical issues to ensure safe, nutritious and sustainable feed & food

Oct 10, 2016

Rome, Italy  – The International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) held their 15th annual meeting at FAO Headquarters on 06-07 October 2016 to further strengthen their collaboration on critical issues to ensure safe, nutritious and sustainable feed and food.  

The meeting was officially opened by Dr. Berhe Tekola, Director of the FAO Animal Production & Health Division who welcomed delegates and highlighted the importance of private partnerships to support the FAO strategic goals to the IFIF delegates representing over 80% of global compound feed production.

Mr. Joel Newman, IFIF Chairman, reiterated IFIF’s commitment to this longstanding partnership and highlighted that “together with the dedicated colleagues at the FAO we have achieved very important milestones, including the Feed Manual of Good Practices for the Feed Industry, the International Feed Regulators Meetings (IFRM) and the Global Feed & Food (GFFC) Congress Series.”

Mr. Newman added that “our joint meeting underlined that IFIF is committed to continue to support the FAO initiatives on capacity development for feed safety, the LEAP partnership and the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock, as well joint efforts on feed and food safety at the Codex Alimentarius. IFIF looks forward to our upcoming FAO IFIF 10th International Feed Regulators Meeting (IFRM) in Atlanta, USA in January 2017, which is another great example of FAO IFIF collaboration positively impacting the feed & food chain.”

Daniela Battaglia, Livestock Development Officer at the Animal Production and Health Division of the FAO, said “FAO and IFIF have a long standing partnership and this meeting addressed a number of critical issues of common interest, such as the need for capacity development to ensure feed safety and the importance of collaborating to tackle the issue of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). FAO is committed to work with the private sector and feed operators and believes that they can valuably contribute to make the livestock and food sectors more responsible and sustainable to achieve important goals such as public health, and animal health and welfare.”

About IFIF

The International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) is made up of national and regional feed associations, feed related organizations, and corporate members from around the globe, representing over 80% of the feed production worldwide. IFIF provides provide a unified voice and leadership to represent and promote the global feed industry as an essential participant in the food chain that provides sustainable, safe, nutritious and affordable food for a growing world population. For more information on IFIF please visit www.ifif.org or contact Alexandra de Athayde, Executive Director, at info@ifif.org.

Issued by:  IFIF

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