Chinese and U.S. feed associations strengthen cooperation

by Emily Wilson
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WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. — A historic Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and the Chinese Feed Industry Association (CFIA). The document will strengthen cooperation between the world’s two largest feed organizations to solve problems of global importance to the feed industry.

While in Beijing, AFIA President David Bossman met with CFIA Secretary-General Liu Tongzhan who traveled with Bossman to mills and points of interest throughout China. Bossman met with many of the country’s top industry professionals who familiarized him with the methods used to produce China’s 60 million tonnes of feed per year.

The memorandum states that the two associations will "strive to harmonize international feed industry positions; collaborate on developments impacting feed regulatory issues; strengthen the feed industry’s voice on global issues; establish communication channels; establish a dialogue on trade policies; and provide new educational opportunities." Bossman stated, "The signing of this document ushers in a new spirit of cooperation and joins the East and West in our mutual objectives of safe and abundant food.

The document further states that AFIA and CFIA pledge to work through the International Feed Industry Federation to further commonalities and discuss differing viewpoints should they arise.