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USDA Secretary Meets with Director General of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)

Paris, 18 June 2014 - A cordial and informative meeting between the Director General of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), Dr Bernard Vallat and US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack took place earlier today during the Paris leg of the Secretary’s European tour.
The Secretary and the Director General jointly addressed several high visibility issues including the prudent and responsible use of antimicrobials, animal welfare standards, emerging animal and zoonotic diseases and the Global Health Security Agenda.

The occasion provided Dr Vallat the opportunity to highlight the importance of transparency in disease reporting and the implementation of science based OIE intergovernmental standards, including respect for the official disease status recognition procedures adopted by the 180 Member Countries as critical elements which contribute to official disease methods everywhere, to safe international trade and provide important social and economic benefits to all countries.

“Trust is the critical foundation for trade. This trust involves the collective contributions on the part of the livestock owners, the agricultural industry, national Governments and intergovernmental organisations. The capacity, competency, credibility and integrity of the national Veterinary Services must be supported as an important OIE standard and a global public good”, states Dr Vallat. 

The Director General also expressed his appreciation for the contributions made on the part of USA to the quality of the scientific expertise provided to the OIE and its members through the participation of experts in the OIE standard setting process, international Reference Laboratories and Collaborating Centres as well as their financial support to the World Animal Health and Welfare Fund to assist in capacity building in developing and emerging countries to support the implementation of OIE standards.