The International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) underscored its commitment to supporting efforts by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) to strengthen animal health at the 82nd General Session of the World Assembly of OIE Delegates meeting in Paris, France, this week.
Speaking to the 900 delegates at the OIE Assembly, IFIF executive director Alexandra de Athayde said May 27 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."
Held May 25-30, the OIE assembly brings together representatives of 178 OIE members and observers from international organizations, including IFIF, which has an official cooperation agreement with the OIE since 2012.
IFIF is made up of national and regional feed associations, feed-related organizations and corporate members from around the globe, representing more than 80% of worldwide feed production.