February 2, 2017
Feed regulators discuss critical issues at International Feed Regulators Meeting
The 10th annual International Feed Regulators Meeting (IFRM) brought together feed industry representatives and government officials to discuss critical issues affecting the world feed sector.
The event was organised by the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO).
"I am delighted we had a record number of participants from across the world and from key regulatory bodies join us at the 10th IFRM. This meeting, yet again, proved to be an important opportunity for the global feed industry and feed regulators to discuss key issues for the feed and food chain, including Feed Safety Risk Management Strategies, as well as programmes on capacity development for feed safety to implement the Codex Alimentarius requirements," said IFIF chairman Joel Newman.
Newman added: "This dialogue is an important example of the private sector collaborating with the FAO and regulators from around the world and we believe that only by working together can we continue to ensure feed and food safety, while meeting the global demands for food sustainably."
"The success of this meeting is a proof that FAO efforts to facilitate dialogue between the public and private sector are worthwhile," said Daniela Battaglia, livestock development officer at the Animal Production and Health Division of the FAO. According to Battaglia, feed operators can valuably contribute to make the livestock and food sectors more responsible and sustainable and to achieve other important goals such as food security, 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 common goals," Battaglia remarked.
Other topics at the 10th IFRM included a workshop on actions to minimise antimicrobial resistance (AMR), an update of feed legislations in the Philippines, Ecuador and Japan as well as a discussion of feed related work in the Codex Alimentarius Commission and an update on the Convergence Project, which aims towards convergence of technical requirements specific to feed additive/ingredient authorisation across regions.