The International Egg Commission (IEC) and International Poultry Council (IPC) have signed a renewed memorandum of understanding (MOU) to strengthen their longstanding relationship and support continued growth in the egg and poultry industries.

Under the updated agreement, which was signed by IEC Chairman Suresh Chitturi and IPC President Robin Horel, the organizations will work together on areas of joint interest including zoonosis and avian diseases, as well as biosecurity.

Speaking about the MOU, IEC Chairman, Suresh Chitturi said: “The egg and poultry industries are perfectly placed to support the growing world population through the supply of high-quality, affordable, safe and sustainable protein.

“By collaborating on areas of joint interest we can accelerate the advancement of our industries with the potential to support millions of small and medium entrepreneurs, creating jobs for rural women and communities, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.”

IPC President, Robin Horel added: “On behalf of the International Poultry Council, I am very pleased to sign this Memorandum of Understanding with the International Egg Commission. Formalizing our intent to work together on areas of joint interest makes sense for our respective members and industries.”

About the International Egg Commission

Established in 1964, the International Egg Commission (IEC) is a not-for-profit organization that represents the egg industry internationally; it has members in around 80 different countries.

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Its members include national egg associations, egg farmers, egg graders and processors around the world. Part of the role of the IEC is to provide information to assist with national and international decisions and policy making, it does this through its membership, its publications, and liaison with other international organisations, including: World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), World Health Organization (WHO), Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), and the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

About the International Poultry Council

Founded on October 7, 2005 in the city of Cologne, Germany, the International Poultry Council (IPC) is the global poultry meat producers Association.

IPC’s mission is to strengthen communications between countries, to develop and implement policy for international organizations affecting the world’s poultry industry, and to promote a common understanding of and confidence in poultry products in the world.

IPC currently has 31 country members and more than 53 associate members, representing 88 percent of the global poultry meat production and almost 95 percent of the global poultry meat trade. International Organizations such as OIE, FAO and Codex Alimentarius Commission officially recognize IPC as the global association representing the poultry meat sector.