Rome – The International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) held their 16th annual meeting at FAO Headquarters on 05-06 October 2017 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 Joel G. Newman, IFIF Chairman, who welcomed delegates and reiterated their commitment to this longstanding partnership and agreed to continue to strengthen their work together to tackle the challenges facing the feed and food chain.
Mr. Newman, IFIF Chairman, highlighted that “the FAO focus on five strategic objectives, emphasis on working in a goal-oriented manner, and the FAO strong efforts reaching out to the private sector have made a tangible and positive difference in our already longstanding collaboration.” Mr. Newman added that “together with the dedicated colleagues at the FAO we have achieved very important milestones, including the International Feed Regulators Meetings (IFRM), the Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance (LEAP) partnership, as well as the Global Feed & Food Congress (GFFC) series and our relationship continues to strengthen year to year.”
Dr. Daniel Bercovici, IFIF Chairman-elect for 2018/19 said “our joint meeting with the FAO once again underlined our strong partnership and IFIF is committed to continue to support the FAO initiatives on capacity development for feed safety, the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock and LEAP, as well joint efforts on feed and food safety at the Codex Alimentarius. IFIF looks forward to our upcoming IFIF FAO 11th International Feed Regulators Meeting (IFRM) in Atlanta, USA, in January 2018, which is another great example of IFIF FAO collaboration positively impacting the feed and food chain.”
Daniela Battaglia, Animal Development Officer at the Animal Production and Health Division of the FAO, said “FAO and IFIF have a long standing partnership and this meeting addressed a number of critical issues of common interest, such as the need for capacity development to ensure feed safety and the importance of collaborating to tackle the containment of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). FAO is committed to work with the private sector and 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.”