IPC is the primary platform to tackle global challenges and opportunities for the poultry value chain.
The IPC Working Groups bring together country and associate members to carry out the organization's agenda.
Food safety is a global pre-competitive industry priority and consumers expect the highest standards of quality for the food they consume.
The global poultry supply chain has a shared responsibility to ensure actions are taken at each step of food production and handling to minimize food safety risks.
Innovation is crucial to address proactively evolving food safety risks. The poultry industry supports a scientific risk-based approach for preventive steps and intervention actions to minimize these risks throughout the supply chain. This requires integrated and continuous improvement systems at every step of the poultry chain, from input suppliers to producers, processors, distributors, retailers, food services and consumers.
IPC also fosters sharing of best practice between members and education on all physical, microbiological and chemical risks, especially those with a potential adverse impact of human health. As food production systems can vary from one country of another, processes may need to be tailored to each country’s regulations and requirements, keeping the focus on the outcome.
IPC works closely with international bodies to further standards, guidelines and codes of practice dedicated to food safety issues.
IPC MEMBERS FOCUS ON:
ANIMAL HEALTH & WELFARE
Safeguarding the health of poultry birds, preventing diseases and promoting welfare are essential to protect the animals, public health, the poultry meat production chain, food security and the environment.
Consumers are increasingly vigilant about the health and welfare of animals involved in food production and there is an overall growing interest in all matters relating to production of food derived from livestock farming.
IPC recognises that the poultry industry has a duty of care for the birds in our charge. IPC champions a responsible approach to good health and welfare practices. This is an essential element of a sustainable, ethical and productive agricultural system.
IPC plays a key role in supporting the global poultry industry’s actions and responses to health and welfare developments by:
- promoting adherence to common global standards and best practices relating to poultry health and welfare;
- raising awareness of emerging issues and;
- providing a framework for industry discussion and engagement with international standard-setting organizations and other stakeholders.
IPC MEMBERS FOCUS ON:
ENVIRONMENT & SUSTAINABILITY
The latest scientific research ranks poultry meat one of the most sustainable food production system with a fairly low environmental impact.
Sustainable production across the value chain is at the core of every poultry company.
IPC and the UN Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) identified areas where the global poultry sector can have the most impact and help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Through the ‘Declaration of São Paulo’, IPC and FAO have committed to focus on:
- SDG2 (Zero Hunger=Feeding the world)
- SDG3 (Contribution to Good Health)
- SDG4 (with/from Quality Education)
- SDG9 (via Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure ensuring good animal welfare and health)
- SDG13 (with low impact on the planet).
The IPC Working Group identifies areas where the poultry sector can make a difference across the three pillars of sustainability – environmental, economic and social. The Working Group also focuses on the implementation and on-going reviews of the poultry Life Cycle Analysis.
IPC plays a key role in promoting the image of the industry and its products across the world.
In order to develop a strong and coherent voice for the organization, the Communications Working Group focuses on strengthening internal dialogues and keeping IPC members engaged.
The aim is to maintain active and committed networks throughout the IPC membership and all segments of the poultry value chain for optimal impact and collaboration.
In line with the Executive Committee’s recommendations, the Working Group helps craft effective communications strategies to increase IPC’s visibility and impact. They articulate action plans and messages for a wide range of audiences to promote and disseminate positions and policies developed by the other Working Groups.