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IFAH to call for innovative solutions for a sustainable food supply at Global Animal Health conference


Arlington, Virginia, 16 October 2013 – In the context of World Food Day, the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) will stress the importance of a harmonised science-based regulatory environment for maximising the development and use of animal health products to support food security and sustainability around the globe at the third Global Animal Health Conference taking place tomorrow in Arlington. Hosted by IFAH in partnership with the Drug Information Association (DIA), the conference brings together experts from academia,...


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Video message from IFAH President


Brussels, 4 October, 2013 – Jeff Simmons, President of the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH), addressed the animal health industry across the world today with a message of encouragement, highlighting various accomplishments over the past year and outlining current and future priorities. Underlining the value of healthy animals to society, IFAH’s President calls on global leaders to develop innovative solutions in animal health and the food chain to meet the challenging needs of the future. With a growing population and the...

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Animal Health Industry commends the Codex Alimentarius Commission for its success over the last 50 years


Brussels, 1 July 2013 –The International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) congratulates the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) on its 50th Anniversary. CAC has had, and continues to have, a vital role in setting global standards to ensure that food is safe for consumers around the world. IFAH works closely with CAC to help establish science- based standards for animal health products so that animal-sourced food is safe. Animals, like humans, are exposed to disease and illness that, if left untreated, can prove detrimental to the food...

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Animal Health Industry Calls on G8 Nations to Promote Responsible Use of Antibiotics


Brussels, Belgium, 12 June 2013 –The International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH), welcomes initiatives to table the issue of antibiotic resistance at the G8 Summit. The federation believes it is important that antibiotics, vital tools in any medical doctor’s and veterinarian’s toolbox, are used responsibly whenever they are employed, whether by the human medical world, the veterinary sector, or elsewhere. Like people, animals get sick and need medicines too, and especially infectious diseases need to be treated with antibiotics as...

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Jeffrey N. Simmons Appointed President of IFAH


Brussels, 29 April 2013 – Jeffrey N. Simmons, President, Elanco Animal Health was appointed for a two-year term as President of the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH), the worldwide organisation representing the manufacturers of veterinary medicines. Simmons, a longstanding member of IFAH’s Board of Directors with a wealth of experience in the animal health industry and an advocate for food security solutions, was appointed by the IFAH Board of Directors in Brussels. Upon accepting the position, Jeff Simmons said: “I am...

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World Veterinary Day 2013


IFAH calls for continued innovation in vaccines to support veterinarians in their efforts to prevent and protect against disease Brussels, 26 April 2013 – The International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) calls for further innovation in vaccines to prevent and protect against diseases on the occasion of World Veterinary Day 2013 taking place on 27 April 2013. IFAH joins the World Veterinary Association (WVA) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in celebrating the promotion of effective and efficient veterinary services...

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IFAH statement on World Rabies Day 2012


Brussels, 28 September 2012 – World Rabies Day, an international campaign coordinated by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC), takes place each year on 28 September, the anniversary of the death of Louis Pasteur who, with the collaboration of his colleagues, developed the first efficacious rabies vaccine in the 1880s. On the occasion of World Rabies Day, Barbara Freischem, Executive Director of the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) said: “The provision of effective vaccines to animals, including wildlife, in...

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Codex Alimentarius Breaks Deadlock on Veterinary Medicines


IFAH pleased to see Codex Alimentarius Commission move forward in adopting standard on veterinary medicines Rome, 7 July 2012 - At its 35th session, the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) made significant progress regarding standards for residues of veterinary medicines. In a landmark decision, the CAC acknowledged that it could not reach consensus on maximum residue limits for ractopamine, and that - in accordance with its rules of procedure - a decision should be taken by voting. As a result, it adopted the global food safety standard for...

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IFAH renews call for collaboration and innovation to safeguard human and animal health


World Zoonoses Day 2012 Brussels, 6 July 2012 – On the occasion of World Zoonoses Day 2012, the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) renews its call for collaboration between human and animal health organisations to develop new technologies to prevent and control zoonotic diseases. IFAH Executive Director, Barbara Freischem said: “Animal health is inextricably linked to human health on a global scale. Zoonotic diseases pass naturally between people and animals. In fact, 61% of animal diseases are zoonotic and can therefore...

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IFAH joins FAO-led partnership measuring environmental impact of livestock


Healthy Animals, Healthier World Brussels, 4 July 2012 – The International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) joins national governments, NGOs and the private sector for a new collaborative partnership led by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on the environmental benchmarking of livestock supply chains. Barbara Freischem, Executive Director of the International Federation for Animal Health, said: “Livestock production is a significant contributor to the world’s agricultural output and food security, and, as all human...

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