Better nutrition for improved animal health

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The International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) underlined its commitment to supporting efforts by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) to strengthen animal health at the 87th General Session of the World Assembly of OIE Delegates.

Speaking to the delegates at the OIE World Assembly, Alexandra de Athayde, IFIF Executive Director, said that “cooperation between IFIF and OIE, in particular with the 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.

Alexandra de Athyde

Ms. de Athayde highlighted that “animal nutrition is an important contributor to promote animal health and welfare. Through feed formulation, feed processing and access to nutritional innovation, the feed industry supports animals’ good health with high resilience capabilities to stressors.

In addition, the feed industry is committed to strong biosecurity measures under our control to ensure feed safety and integrity. Biosecurity is a shared responsibility and we have to work together with all chain actors and stakeholders to ensure we can slow the spread of infectious diseases.”

She added that “IFIF looks forward to continue to work with the OIE to contribute to improved animal health and productivity, which in the end leads to a positive contribution to public health, and to support the development, updating and implementation of OIE standards and guidelines.”

Held from 26 to 31 May 2019, the 87th General Session of the World Assembly of National Delegates of the OIE brought together representatives of 182 OIE Members and observers from international organizations that have signed an official agreement with the OIE, including IFIF, which has a formal cooperation agreement with the OIE since 2012.

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 voice and leadership to represent and promote the global feed industry as an essential participant in the food chain that provides sustainable, safe, nutritious and affordable food for a growing world population. For more information on IFIF please visit www.ifif.org or contact Alexandra de Athayde, Executive Director, at info@ifif.org.