The International Poultry Council will hold its spring meeting in Paris, France, April 14-16, with representatives from more than a dozen countries.

Speakers will include Bernard Vallat, director general of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE); Klaus Schumacher, chief economist of Toepfer International of Germany, who will speak on GMO issues; Dr. Jorgen Schlundt of the World Health Organization; Simon Mack, chief of the animal production and health division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; and Gilles Huttepain, president of Fédération des Industries Avicoles, France’s main poultry association.

Representatives of the International Poultry Council member countries will give status updates on the poultry industries in their home countries.

In 2008, the OIE granted recognition to the International Poultry Council as the official organization representing the world’s poultry meat producers.