International Dairy Roundtable
An Information Session at the Margin of the SPS Committee Meeting
March 2, 2007
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At this International Dairy Roundtable, IPC unveiled the results of a survey designed to determine how sanitary measures impact the trade of dairy products. This discussion highlighted the impact of sanitary standards on international food trade, and the benefits of countries abiding by international standards.
Thom Achterbosch of the Agricultural Economics Research Institute at Wagening University, and author of the IPC survey, presented his findings on how divergent animal health and food safety standards impact the cost of doing business in dairy to a large group of delegates to the SPS Committee. His presentation was preceded by introductory remarks from Gretchen Stanton, secretary of the WTO SPS Committee, and was followed by comments from Dr. Annamaria Bruno, food standards officer at Codex, Dr. Sarah Kahn, chief of the OIE's (World Animal Health Organisation) International Trade Department, Bram Francke, external affairs officer of the Dutch dairy company Friesland Foods, and Jeremy Hill, director of regulatory affairs of the New Zealand Fonterra Cooperative Group. The session was moderated by IPC CEO Charlotte Hebebrand.
The final draft of the survey will be available for release after IPC's spring plenary meetings in Lusaka, Zambia, in June 2007.
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