THE International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) underscored its commitment to supporting the World Organization for Animal Health's (OIE) efforts to strengthen animal health.
Speaking to the 900 delegates at the general session of the World Assembly of OIE Delegates meeting May 27 in Paris, France, IFIF executive director Alexandra de Athayde said she believes that "cooperation between IFIF and OIE, in particular with regards to the prevention and management of infectious diseases, including zoonotic diseases, is vital, and our cooperation should strengthen linkages between feed safety and food safety."
De Athayde added that "IFIF looks forward to continue to work with OIE to contribute to improved animal health and productivity, which, in the end, leads to a positive contribution to public health, as well as to support the development, updating and implementation of OIE standards and guidelines."
The OIE assembly, which was held May 25-30, brings together representatives of 178 OIE members and observers from international organizations, including IFIF, which has had an official cooperation agreement with OIE since 2012.
IFIF is made up of national and regional feed associations, feed-related organizations and corporate members from around the globe that represent more than 80% of worldwide feed production.