The president of the International Egg Commission (IEC), Ben Dellaert delivered a key message at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture at the Berlin Green Week, saying that global standards for animal health and welfare, which are being established by the World Animal Health Organisation (OIE) are vital as part of the growing trade in agricultural products. Dellaert said global trade contributed 40% of the global value of agricultural output. The panel discussion, Animal Health and Welfare: Two cornerstones for the future of globally diversified livestock production, heard speakers from the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), European Commission and an NGO.

Among the round-table conclusions were that every effort should be made:

  • To promote compliance with international standards relating to animal health and welfare, for trade purposes and for designing national strategies;
  • To ensure the best possible transparency of epidemiological information on the emergence of animal disease, by notifying such information via the OIE World Animal Health Information System
  • To contribute to the proper implementation of global strategies for the control of animal diseases, while keeping in mind the need for prudent use of veterinary medicinal productions, especially antimicrobials.

The IEC is represented on the OIE’s Global Hen Housing Standards, which are likely to come into force in 2019/2020. – Poultry World

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