ATLANTA, GEORGIA, U.S.  – The 10th annual International Feed Regulators Meeting (IFRM) brought together feed industry representatives and government officials from around the world to discuss critical issues facing the feed sector with the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

“I am delighted we had a record number of participants from across the world and from key regulatory bodies join us at the 10th IFRM,” said Joel Newman, chairman of the IFIF. “This meeting, yet again, proved to be an important opportunity for the global feed industry and feed regulators to discuss key issues for the feed and food chain, including Feed Safety Risk Management Strategies, as well as programs on capacity development for feed safety to implement the Codex Alimentarius requirements.”

The meeting is an important example of the private sector collaborating with the FAO and regulators from around the world, he said.

“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,” said Daniela Battaglia, livestock development officer at the Animal Production and Health Division of the FAO. “The IFRM is an important opportunity to exchange ideas among stakeholders from around the world and to coordinate our efforts toward common goals.”

Other topics at the 10th IFRM included a workshop on actions to minimize antimicrobial resistance (AMR), an update of feed legislations in the Philippines, Ecuador and Japan, as well as a discussion of feed related work in the Codex Alimentarius Commission and an update on the Convergence Project, which aims toward convergence of technical requirements specific to feed additive/ingredient authorization across regions.