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.
PHOTO CAPTION: Members of the IPC's Marketing and Consumption Working Group meet during the First Semester 2016 conference in Abu Dhabi. Adriana Navarro of FENAVI, the Colombian poultry association, chairs the group, and the vice chair is Rodrigo Santibanez of MSD Animal Health. The working groups were organized in 2015 and held their first fact-to-face meetings at the U.A.E. conference. Additional IPC working groups also include food safety and processing (chair, Birthe Steenberg, Danish Poultry Meat Association; co-chair, Shelly McKee, USA Poultry & Egg Export Council), animal health and welfare (chair, Kevin Lovell, South African Poultry Association; co-chair, Sulivan Alves, BRF), and environment and sustainability (chair, Anne-Marie Neeteson, Aviagen.)
Delair Bolis of MSD Animal Health, Gary Johnson of McDonald's Corp. and Jerry Moye of Cobb-Vantress were recently installed on the Executive Committee of the International Poultry Council. The three became the first IPC associate members to be elected to the executive committee, following a modification to the by-laws last year.
Previously, only country members could serve on the committee, which provides policy guidance to the IPC membership. Bolis, Johnson and Moye were elected to one-year terms in a special election held last November and were installed at the IPC's recent conference in Abu Dhabi.
Also during the meeting, members re-elected to the executive committee Dr. Vivien Kite, executive director of the Australian Chicken Meat Federation, and Robin Horel, president of the Canadian Poultry and Egg Processors Council.
In a separate action, the executive committee re-elected Jim Sumner, president of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council, as president of the IPC, and Ricardo Santin, vice president of the Brazilian Animal Protein Association, as vice president. The committee also reappointed Kite as a member-at-large and Horel as treasurer.
Full coverage of the meeting will be in the upcoming issue of the IPC Newsletter.
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.