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Dairy Groups Participate in World Organization for Animal Health General Sessions

July 30, 2019

In May, Jamie Jonker (NMPF) and Nick Gardner (USDEC) joined the U.S. delegation to the 87th World Assembly of the World Organization of Animal Health (OIE) held in Paris. The OIE is recognized by the World Trade Organization for setting science-based standards to help manage animal diseases and improve animal health and welfare. These standards can be adopted by countries into national regulations.

NMPF is closely monitoring several issues of interest raised at the meeting. Among them are the formation of a new antimicrobial resistance (AMR) working group that will begin working over the next year and updates on global outbreaks of animal diseases that could impact U.S. dairy exports, including foot and mouth disease, African swine fever and lumpy skin disease. Animal welfare was also discussed, although sections specific to dairy production were completed with NMPF input several years ago.

NMPF worked closely with other U.S. animal organizations and international partners including the International Dairy Federation (IDF) during the meeting to ensure visibility of the potential impacts of OIE policies on AMR and the state of these  disease outbreaks on trade in dairy products. The 87th World Assembly of the World Organization of Animal Health Final Report is available online. This work was made possible through support of the U.S. Dairy Export Council.

Contact: Jamie Jonker