FAO & IFIF seek stronger collaboration on animal feed issues

The International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have pledged to further strengthen their collaboration to ensure the future safe, nutritious and sustainable production of feed and food.

The two bodies, meeting in Rome earlier this month, have placed their top priority emphasis on the need for capacity development to ensure feed safety and the importance of collaborating to tackle 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,” said FAO’s livestock development officer for animal production and health, Daniela Battaglia.

“FAO and IFIF have a long standing partnership and our meeting addressed a number of critical issues of common interest.”

IFIF chairman, Joel Newman, whose members are responsible for over 80% of all animal feed production worldwide, said that past cooperation with FAO had resulted in some very important milestones, including the Feed Manual of Good Practices for the Feed Industry, the International Feed Regulators Meetings and the Global Feed & Food Congress Series.

The next major FAO/IFIF event is the joint international feed regulators meeting, which is due to be held in Atlanta, USA, in January 2017.

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