Record number of attendants for feed regulators meeting

10-02-2017 | |
Record number of attendants for feed regulators meeting. Photo: RBI
Record number of attendants for feed regulators meeting. Photo: RBI

The 10th annual International Feed Regulators Meeting (IFRM) brought together feed industry representatives and government officials from around the world to discuss critical issues facing the feed sector with IFIF and the FAO.

The meeting is organised by the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Public and private collaborate on sustainability

“I am delighted we had a record number of participants from across the world and from key regulatory bodies join us at the 10th IFRM. This meeting, yet again, proved to be an important opportunity for the global feed industry and feed regulators to discuss key issues for the feed and food chain, including Feed Safety Risk Management Strategies, as well as programmes on capacity development for feed safety to implement the Codex Alimentarius requirements,” said Joel Newman, IFIF Chairman. Mr Newman added “This dialogue is an important example of the private sector collaborating with the FAO and regulators from around the world and we believe that only by working together can we continue to ensure feed and food safety, while meeting the global demands for food sustainably.”

The importance of idea exchange

“The success of this meeting is a proof that FAO efforts to facilitate dialogue between the public and private sector are worthwhile,” said Daniela Battaglia, Livestock Development Officer at the Animal Production and Health Division of the FAO. Ms Battaglia added, “Feed operators can valuably contribute to make the livestock and food sectors more responsible and sustainable and to achieve other important goals such as food security, public health, and animal health and welfare. The IFRM is an important opportunity to exchange ideas among stakeholders from around the world and to coordinate our efforts towards common goals.”

Other topics at the 10th IFRM included a workshop on actions to minimise antimicrobial resistance (AMR), an update of feed legislations in the Philippines, Ecuador and Japan, as well as a discussion of feed related work in the Codex Alimentarius Commission and an update on the Convergence Project, which aims towards convergence of technical requirements specific to feed additive/ingredient authorisation across regions.

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