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IFIF, FAO strengthen collaboration on critical issues

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Groups focus on need for capacity development to ensure feed safety as well as containment of antimicrobial resistance.

The International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) and the U.N. Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) recently held their 18th annual meeting 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, and Dr. Daniel Bercovici, IFIF chairman, who welcomed IFIF delegates representing more than 80% of global compound feed production and reiterated their commitment to the long-standing partnership, agreeing to continue to strengthen their work together on challenges facing the feed and food chain.

“Our joint meeting with the FAO once again underlined our strong partnership as IFIF continues to support the FAO initiatives on capacity development for feed safety, the Livestock Environmental Assessment & Performance Partnership, the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock as well joint efforts on feed and food safety at the Codex Alimentarius,” Bercovici said. “IFIF looks forward to our upcoming 13th International Feed Regulators Meeting in Atlanta [Ga.] on Jan. 27-28, 2020, which is another great example of IFIF FAO collaboration positively impacting the feed and food chain.”

Together with dedicated colleagues at FAO, Bercovici said IFIF contributes to building a solid science-based approach to support safe and sustainable animal nutrition that produces quality and affordable food for a growing world population -- “producing more with less and even better under diverse production systems.”

He continued, “The high quality of exchanges and cooperation towards the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals continue to build on our achievements, and together with all IFIF members, I am pleased our relationship continues to strengthen year to year.”

Daniela Battaglia, animal production officer at the FAO Animal Production & Health Division, said the meeting addressed a number of critical issues of common interest, such as the need for capacity development to ensure feed safety as well as the importance of collaborating to tackle the containment of antimicrobial resistance.

“FAO is committed to work with the private sector and the 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.”

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