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Record Attendance for IPC Meeting in Bangkok

15 March 2013

THAILAND - Poultry industry representatives from 18 countries gathered in Bangkok this week for the first-semester meeting of 2013 of the International Poultry Council (IPC).

Attendance for the meeting set a new record for the organisation with near on 100 delegates from Thailand, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, the UK, the US, China, Russia, Singapore, Brazil, India, Pakistan, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Honduras and Belgium.

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 Trade and Exhibition Centre.

Members of the IPC 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 (OIE), and consumer misconceptions about the use of hormones in poultry production.

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

Mr Sumner also welcomed four new associate members to the IPC: Hendrix Genetics and Marel Stork Poultry Processing, both based in the Netherlands; the Australian Duck Meat Association, and Alltech, based in the US.

The IPC's second semester meeting of the year will be in October in Geneva, Switzerland.

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