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Paris Hosts 19th IMS World Meat Congress

15 May 2012

FRANCE - About 1000 delegates from around the world are expected to gather in Paris at the beginning of June for the 19th International Meat Secretariat World Meat Congress.

Organised by the two French meat and livestock associations, INTERBEV and INAPORC, under the official patronage of the French Ministry of Agriculture, the theme of the Congress is "Proudly Producing and Trading Meat". Interpretation will be provided in six languages.

The Congress provides an opportunity to highlight the positive contribution that the livestock and meat industries are making to sustainable economic growth and employment, to rural development, to healthy diets and to meeting the changing and diverse demands of consumers.

A key aim of the Congress will be to set the record straight, to offer balanced and scientifically sound analysis and to convince policy makers, the media and the general public that the meat and livestock industry is socially responsible and responsive to consumer needs.

The Congress will aim to put the industry's viewpoint on issues that have been raised by environmental and nutritional pressure groups and sections of the media, often based on questionable research and selective data, which often influences policy.

One of the principal threads running through the various presentations at the Congress is "taking a balanced approach".

The Congress will look at issues such as "sustainability" seeing it not just as environmental protection, but a means ensuring financial viability, protecting rural communities, acting in socially responsible ways and acknowledging cultural differences.

Congress Sessions

The opening session will set the scene by reviewing the key factors influencing market supply and demand in the coming period. In particular, it will highlight the trends that producers and traders will need to be aware of in order to meet evolving consumer demands in a more integrated and globalised market.

A robust defence of the role of the meat and livestock sector will provide the bridge to examining in more depth the main issues facing the industry - telling "our part of the story" - concerning sustainable production, animal welfare, human health, and technology, and communicating that story to the wider world.

A session will be devoted to the important, but often neglected, markets for animal by-products, both edible and non-edible, pet foods (a growing market) and niche markets. This session reflects also cultural preferences (such as for halal meat) or developing tastes (such as for sheep meat in Asia).

High-level Officials Discuss Future Policy Developments

The closing half-day session will bring together top policy advisors, particularly to discuss the necessary measures to put in place to feed the world in 2050.

A session will also look at developments in tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade, and sanitary regulations with notably the participation of Dr. Bernard Vallat, Director General of the OIE.

Officials from the USA, Brazil, Russia and China will hold a round-table discussion. Mr. Dacian Ciolos, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, will offer closing thoughts.

Free Post-congress Field Trip

The day after the Congress (7 June), a free half a day long field trip to Sealed Air's Packforum is proposed for those who are staying longer in Paris. Participants will be offered live demonstrations that will showcase 15 different packaging systems.

The visit includes a presentation of the "Idea Factory", a new facility for maximizing creativity. Courtesy transfers will ensure easy transport in a dedicated space and relaxed atmosphere.

The World Meat Congress takes place at the Palais de Congrès on 5-6 June.

For more information about the congress go to the official website by clicking here

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