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Food safety and animal welfare

To provide a better guarantee of food of animal origin and to promote animal welfare through a science-based approach

The OIE Member Countries have decided to provide a better guarantee of the safety of food of animal origin by creating greater synergy between the activities of the OIE and those of the Codex Alimentarius Commission. The OIE's standard-setting activities in this field focus on eliminating potential hazards existing prior to the slaughter of animals or the primary processing of their products (meat, milk, eggs, etc.) that could be a source of risk for consumers.Since it was created, the OIE has played a key role in its capacity as the sole international reference organisation for animal health, enjoying established international recognition and benefiting from direct collaboration with the Veterinary Services of all its Member Countries.

As a mark of the close relationship between animal health and animal welfare, the OIE has become, at the request of its Member Countries, the leading international organisation for animal welfare
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Recommendations of the fourth OIE global conference
on animal welfare

December 6 - 8 , 2016
Guadalajara, Mexico

Recommendations of the third OIE global conference
on animal welfare

November 6 - 8 , 2012
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Recommendations of the second OIE global conference
on animal welfare

October 20-22, 2008


Proceedings of the first OIE global conference
on animal welfare

February 23-25, 2004
Paris, France


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official agreements between the OIE and international organisations dealing with animal production, food safety and animal welfare :

Agreement with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Agreement with the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH)
New agreement with the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH)
Agreement with the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI)

Agreement with the International Dairy Federation (IDF)

Agreement with the International Meat secretariat (IMS)

Agreement with the Safe Supply of Affordable Food Everywhere initiative (SSAFE)
Agreement with the International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP)
Agreement with the International Egg Commission (IEC)
Agreement with the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA)
Agreement with the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)

Agreement with the International Air Transport Association ( lATA)

Agreement with the international organization for standardization (ISO)

Cooperation agreement with the global food safety initiative ( GFSI )


OIE regional publications

Click to downloadRepport : Status of animal welfare in SADC countries.
October 2011,
Gaborone, Botswana
(1.3 Mb)

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Click to downloadReport of the OIE Regional Training Seminar for OIE Focal points for animal welfare in Africa.
November 2010,
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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