The meeting will take place at the Estelar Cartagena de Indias Hotel and Convention Center, at the historic city of Cartagena. This First Semester Conference will bring an overview of the economics of the poultry sector with Rabobank, a perspective of the Colombian poultrymeat market, the discussion of the IPC Antimicrobial Stewardship document, avian influenza, halal production and other topics of importance to the poultrymeat sector.
For those coming from Spanish speaking countries, we will have simultaneous translation from English.
Besides the General Sessions on 27–28 April, this meeting will also gather the members of the IPC Working Groups on April 26.
Hotel fares for IPC members coming to the meeting are USD 132 for single and USD 152 for double, including breakfast and wifi.
Reservations at the hotel have to be made by e–mail directly with the hotel. The person to contact is Giovanni Duarte and his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, with copy to Claudia Quiceno (email@example.com) and Marilia Rangel (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Transportation to and from the airport/hotel is available upon request, and is recommended. To book your transfer, please send your travel itinerary by e-mail to email@example.com and she will organize it with the travel agency recommended by our host Country Member, FENAVI.
A 4–hour city tour of Cartagena is planned for Saturday morning. We will visit the La Popa Convent that gives a beautiful view of the city, the neighborhoods of Bocagrande, Castillogrande and Manga, and also the Castle of San Felipe Barajas, the most important military engineering construction of Spain in the Americas.
The cost of the tour will range from USD 26–43 depending on the number of participants joining. Payment will be made directly to the travel agency on the day of the tour and credit cards will be accepted.
For more information, please contact Marilia Rangel Campos at firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to meeting you in sunny Cartagena!Register Here
Members of the International Poultry Council gathered in the picturesque city of Cascais on Portugal's Estoril Coast for the organization's second semester 2016 meeting on 12-14 October at the iconic and historic Palacio Estoril hotel.
The International Poultry Council, the first global association dedicated to improving dialogue and cooperation among the poultry meat industries around the world, quietly celebrated its 10th anniversary today.
As global detections of highly pathogenic avian influenza mount, the International Poultry Council (IPC) is urging the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) to encourage its member countries to abide by OIE guidelines when imposing trade restrictions on poultry meat and breeding stock.
In a statement sent today to Dr. Bernard Vallat, director general of the OIE, the IPC points out that widespread influenza cases affecting commercial poultry flocks is causing many countries to impose unwarranted trade restrictions that go against OIE recommendations.
The IPC argues that the manner in which veterinary officials in some countries interpret the rules laid out in the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code "is causing widespread disruption to the trade in poultry breeding stock and poultry meat, causing potentially serious damage to poultry production in their own countries, and jeopardizing an essential element of sustainable global food security.
"The reaction of many national veterinary authorities has been to impose national bans on all poultry imports without consideration of alternate risk-management strategies," the statement reads. "National veterinary authorities may not always be using all the available measures agreed by OIE for the continuation of safe trade, specifically in the kind of disease circumstances currently being experienced."
In imposing import restrictions on poultry from countries with active influenza infections, officials in some countries ban not only poultry meat, but also fertile hatching eggs, day-old chicks and turkey poults, which can have negative implications for the domestic industries in these countries.
"Fertile hatching eggs and day-old breeding poultry from a compartment, zone or region certified free of notifiable avian influenza, which are consigned by air, present no risk to a transited country when the consignment remains in the aircraft or is transferred under bond between aircraft at the same airport," the IPC statement points out.
Poultry is the world's "fastest-growing global animal protein sector," the IPC says in its statement, "with growth in developing countries progressing at a much higher rate than in the developed world. Poultry meat now provides a significant and increasing part of the nutritional needs of the populations in developing countries" and is a good source of income in rural communities.
The IPC also points out that countries that are members of the OIE "have agreed to procedures for the conduct of trade in breeding stock, live poultry, and poultry meat, including compartmentalization, zoning and regionalization, for managing safe trade in the event of notifiable avian influenza disease outbreaks in exporting countries.
"The procedures set down in the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code provide comprehensive guidance to veterinary authorities for establishing zones and regions free of notifiable avian influenza, and to veterinary authorities and poultry companies for establishing and maintaining compartments free of notifiable avian influenza for the purposes of safe export."
Countries must use all OIE measures to prevent influenza risk to global food security.
There has been a recent surge in reported cases of highly pathogenic influenza type H5 and H7 variants in commercial poultry flocks in several geographically spread countries linked to major wild bird migratory routes. The reaction of many national veterinary authorities has been to impose national bans on all poultry imports without consideration of alternate risk-management strategies. National veterinary authorities may not always be using all the available measures agreed by OIE for the continuation of safe trade, specifically in the kind of disease circumstances currently being experienced.
Read the full statement here.