International Regulators discuss critical feed issues with IFIF and FAO at the 6th International Feed Regulators Meeting (IFRM)


Apr 9, 2013

Sun City, South Africa – The 6th annual International Feed Regulators Meeting (IFRM) meeting organized by the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) brought together feed regulators and government officials from around the world with representatives from IFIF and the FAO to discuss critical feed issues facing governments and industry today.

“The 6th IFRM proved an important opportunity for global industry and feed regulators to discuss key issues for the feed and food chain, such as the harmonization of global feed safety standards and opportunities for mutual recognition of approval processes” said Mario Sergio Cutait, IFIF Chairman. Mr. Cutait added “We are particularly excited that the IFRM was held in Africa for the first time and that we welcomed so many colleagues from the African continent to this meeting who gave us an overview of the African regulators and industry issues and priorities. Only by working together can we continue to ensure feed and food safety, while meeting the global demands for food for 9 billion people by 2050 and to do so sustainably.”

“FAO is committed to facilitating dialogue between regulators and private sector and continues to provide extensive information and capacity development on different issues regarding animal nutrition, and animal feeding” said Daniela Battaglia, Livestock Development Officer at the Animal Production and Health Division of the FAO. Ms. Battaglia added “The feed sector can valuably contribute to make the livestock and food sectors more responsible and sustainable and to achieve other important goals such as 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 these common goals.”

Other topics of discussion at the 6th IFRM included an update on the ad hoc Intergovernmental Codex Task Force on Animal Feeding (TF AF), and the presentation of the IFIF ‘Comparison of Approval Process and Risk-Assessment procedure for Feed Ingredients’.

About the IFRM

The International Feed Regulators Meeting (IFRM) organized by the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) provides an opportunity for regulators and feed industry professionals from across the globe to exchange their thoughts and discuss concrete ideas for providing safe feed and food in a sustainable manner around the world. Participation at the IFRM is by invitation only and should you be interested in joining the 7th IFRM, 27-28 January 2014 in Atlanta, USA, please contact info@ifif.org.  

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 a unified leadership and coordinating role in order to contribute to the sustainable supply of safe, healthy feed and therefore food. For more information on IFIF please visit www.ifif.org or contact Alexandra de Athayde, Executive Director, at info@ifif.org.

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Issued by:  IFIF


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