Poultry industry representatives from 18 countries gathered in Bangkok the week of March 11 for the International Poultry Council’s first-semester meeting of 2013. Attendance for the meeting set a new record for the organization.

Hosted by the Thai Broiler Processing Exporters Association, the meeting commenced just prior to the opening of the VIV Asia 2013 show at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre.

Members of the International Poultry Council heard a full slate of presentations on the global poultry industry outlook and discussed numerous issues facing producers worldwide, including the availability of feed grains, pending animal welfare guidelines from the World Organization for Animal Health, and consumer misperceptions about the use of hormones in poultry production.

Also, International Poultry Council members elected Robin Horel of the Canadian Poultry and Egg Processors Association as the organization’s secretary-treasurer, to replace Cesar de Anda of Mexico, who stepped down. Dr. Vivien Kite of the Australian Chicken Meat Federation was re-elected as a member-at-large of the International Poultry Council Executive Committee.

Re-elected and remaining on the committee are Jim Sumner of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council, president, Ricardo Santin of the Brazilian Poultry Producers and Exporters Association, vice president; and members-at-large Peter Bradnock of the British Poultry Council and Dr. Wang Jinyou of the China Chamber of Commerce for Import/Export of Foodstuffs and Native Produce.
Sumner also welcomed four new associate members to the International Poultry Council: Hendrix Genetics and Marel Stork Poultry Processing, both based in the Netherlands; the Australian Duck Meat Association, and Alltech, based in the U.S.

The IPC’s second semester meeting of the year will be in October in Geneva.