The American Feed Industry Association has been working with the Codex Alimentarius (Codex) for over 20 years to ensure its guidelines are science-based, it supports AFIA members' interests and most of all, that it protects public health. At Codex's recent July annual meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, AFIA successfully worked with U.S. government representatives and the International Feed Industry Federation to counter efforts by some countries to modify Codex's policies, which would have stripped the Codex decision-making process of its science-based structure.
The European Union is "unjustifiably" restricting the use of antimicrobials in food animal production exported into the bloc and is taking regulatory measures to bring its new "reciprocity" law into effect. It is essential that such policies, which are "part of a disturbing trend," be defended against in all forums, including in international trade negotiations and within standard-setting international bodies.
The ad hoc Codex Intergovernmental Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance (TFAMR) held its sixth session Dec. 10-14 in Busan, Republic of Korea. Leah Wilkinson, AFIA's vice president of public policy and education, participated as a member of the U.S. government delegation as the U.S. animal food industry representative.
Earlier this month, the head of the American Feed Industry Association spoke before the Codex Alimentarius Commission to defend the processes that enable the commission to move forward with science-based decisions, in light of recent countries' actions to stop progress on veterinary drug products in the approval process.
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