International Food Safety Standards
What’s the Background?
NPPC advocates for policy and standards based on sound science. It works closely with the U.S. government and organizational working groups to provide pork industry input and technical expertise on subject matters affecting pork producers.
NPPC represents U.S. pork producers in the following organizations:
- World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)
The need to fight animal diseases globally led to the creation of the Office International des Epizooties through an international agreement signed Jan. 25, 1924. In May 2003, the office became the World Organization for Animal Health but kept its historical acronym, OIE.The OIE is the intergovernmental organization responsible for improving animal health worldwide. It is recognized as a reference organization by the World Trade Organization (WTO), and in 2014 consisted of 180 member countries. The OIE maintains permanent relations with 45 other international and regional organizations and has regional and sub-regional offices on every continent.The OIE creates guidance documents for key subject matters affecting animal health, including animal welfare, antibiotic use, parasite control and disease mitigation. Guidance documents provide farmers with practices and recommendations to ensure animal and consumer health and to facilitate trade.
- Codex Alimentarius Commission
The Codex Alimentarius, or “Food Code,” was established by the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization and World Health Organization in 1963 to develop harmonized international food standards, which protect consumer health and promote fair practices in food trade. Codex standards ensure that food is safe and can be traded. The 187 Codex members have negotiated science-based recommendations in all areas related to food safety and quality. Codex food safety texts are a reference in WTO trade disputes.In Codex, NPPC focuses largely on development of science-based guidance documents on general principles, food hygiene and veterinary drug residues.
Why Does It Matter to Our Producers?
By working with international science-based organizations, NPPC represents the interests of U.S. pork producers in the development of guidance documents that improve animal and consumer health.
Once such guidance documents are developed, all member countries are encouraged to adopt them, with the goal that they will follow the same outcomes-based guidelines to ensure animal and consumer health while also facilitating trade.
What is NPPC’s position?
NPPC will dedicate resources to efforts to create domestic and international policies that are science-based and serve U.S. pork producers. It also will continue to promote international standards that enable the U.S. pork industry to overcome sanitary and technical barriers for multiple export markets and will continue to urge the global community to develop, understand and adhere to such standards to increase food safety for U.S. and international consumers.