Feed safety and antimicrobial resistance under the spotlight



Feed safety and antimicrobial resistance get central stage at the yearly, long-established get together of feed regulators and industry representatives from around the world. A record number of participants from 35 different countries, joined the 10th International Feed Regulators Meeting (IFRM) in Atlanta, USA and addressed together some of the priorities of the sector; namely, feed safety risk management and strategies to minimize antimicrobial resistance.

The annual IFRM, organized by the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) and FAO, provides a unique opportunity for feed regulators and feed industry professionals from across the world to come together, exchange their thoughts and information andto explore concrete ways to address jointly common challenges. “The most exiting meeting of the feed industry I have attended so far” said Karine Tanan, Global Regulatory Lead at Cargill. While Joel Newman, IFIF Chairman was “delighted that many world regions and key regulatory bodies were represented at the 10th IFRM and that this meeting yet again proved an important opportunity for the global feed industry and feed regulators to discuss key issues for the feed and food chain”. He 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.”

This year, the meeting participants were updated on feed related work in the Codex Alimentarius and feed legislations in several countries (e.g. Philippines, Ecuador and Japan). Furthermore, the IFIF Convergence Project, which aims to harmonize the technical requirements needed for feed additive and ingredient authorization in different countries and the FAO-coordinated Feed Safety Multi-Stakeholder Partnership for capacity development for feed safety were presented.

Daniela Battaglia, Livestock Development Officer at FAO concluded: “The success of this meeting is a proof that FAO efforts to facilitate dialogue between the public and private sector are worthwhile. 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 actions towards common goals.”

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