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September 6, 2018

Active research and regional control efforts to address the potential transmission of Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (M. paratuberculosis) and proactive control measures at the farmer and processor levels to meet trade requirements were showcased at the IDF ParaTB Forum. The event, which took place on 4 June 2018, was held in conjunction with the International Colloquium on Paratuberculosis in Cancun, Mexico.

Paratuberculosis has a global distribution and prevalence with no known treatment at present. Also known as Johne’s disease, ParaTB is a chronic and contagious bacterial disease of the intestinal tract caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (M. paratuberculosis). It is characterized by a slowly progressive wasting of the animal which will also experience increasingly severe diarrhoea. ParaTB primarily affects sheep, cattle and goats, as well as other ruminants.

Participants at the IDF ParaTB Forum recognized that a major incentive which has driven the implementation of regional and national programmes on ParaTB control was influenced by the need to comply with trade requirements. The level of interest among processors was also found to have contributed to the adoption of a voluntary control and/or status programme, and the participants were of the view that this practice should be made mandatory for farmers

In their presentations*, the participants found that the current state of paratuberculosis research and control programmes remains quite varied. Enhancing awareness of the issue and triggering a change of perception and attitudes among some countries could gain leverage for increased efforts to address ParaTB control.

“Good sanitation and management practices, including screening tests for new animals to identify and eliminate infected animals, as well as ongoing surveillance of adult animals are the current tools put in place in control programmes,” explained Dr David Kelton, Chair of the Action Team working on national programmes for surveillance and control of Johne's disease via this Forum.

“This forum played a catalytic role in engaging international discussion about the need and the means to address this globally important issue. Controlling this disease should become a long-term goal,” he added.

“The dairy sector, together with government and academic partners, must adopt a vision towards the prevention and control of the disease. The International Dairy Federation with its global expertise could play a crucial role in tackling this. Our working group of experts has been monitoring this issue for years and has provided guidance and advice. These initiatives of promoting dialogue and reporting in international fora like this Symposium complement the many animal health and welfare, and food safety practices that the dairy sector has in place to deliver safe and secure dairy products to global consumers,” Dr Kelton concluded.

The IDF supports other international organizations, such as the World Organisation for Animal Health/Office International des Epizooties (OIE) in the prevention, control and implementation of good ruminant health and welfare.


September 13, 2018

Helping to free the world from hunger and malnutrition is a goal of the International Dairy Federation (IDF) through its work on sustainability to support food security, said the organization’s Director General Caroline Emond.

Access to safe nutrition and healthy, balanced diets is vital for the growth of children, providing them with the nourishment needed in their formative years, while offering sustenance to adolescents and women of reproductive age, she stated.

The Director General commended the Food and Agriculture Organization, World Food Programme, International Fund for Agricultural Development, World Health Organization and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on their joint publication, ‘The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2018: Building Climate Resistance for Food Security and Nutrition’. She expressed support for stronger multilateral partnerships, coordination and integration of efforts to achieve the collective vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and stressed the significant contribution of milk and dairy products in this regard. 

“Cooperation and coherence in action plans to strengthen the resilience of food systems through public-private partnerships across sectors encompassing food, agriculture, health and the environment are critical for food security,” explained Ms Emond.

“The IDF works with its global partners and experts to improve dairy safety and quality by promoting compliance with international standards to advance nutrition and public health.  We also work to increase sustainability of the dairy sector to safeguard nutritional security and food security.”

Ms Emond expressed concern over the report’s finding that global hunger is still on the rise with the number of undernourished people reaching 821 million worldwide, or one in every nine persons, where subregions in Africa and South America are particularly affected.

“We need to strengthen efforts to counter undernourishment which causes stunted growth in children, with poor health and development,” stressed Ms Emond. “Milk and dairy products, which are nutrient-rich, are an affordable source of good quality proteins, vitamins and minerals to promote healthy growth.”


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