News Release

For Immediate Release

International Production & Processing Expo

Atlanta, Ga. - January 31, 2024

Benjamin Starkey, 770.635.9057,, (USPOULTRY)
Victoria Broehm, 703.558.3579,, (AFIA)
Kris Early, 678.514.1979,, (USPOULTRY)

Avian Influenza and Animal Welfare Management Focus of Latin American Poultry Summit at 2024 IPPE

During La Cumbre Avícola Latinoamericana (Latin American Poultry Summit) held during the 2024 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE), Dr. Catya Itzel Martínez Rivas, subregional representative of the World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH) for Central America and the Caribbean, commented that WOAH will be 100 years old this year. She described WOAH’s purpose, which is to develop international standards for the health and welfare of animals and to assist national efforts on implementing them.

Dr.  Martínez also provided an overview of the Organización Mundial de Sanidad Animal (OMSA), which works with other global and regional organizations under the “One Health” context. Comprised of 183 countries, OMSA’s pillars consist of norms, transparency, solidarity, food inequity and promotion of veterinary services. OMSA’s members or delegates adopt norms to be published in manuals and provide specific resolutions. They also recognize sanitary status, as well as work with reference labs and help centers.

As part of her discussion on “Preparations for Infection Management in Commercial Farms in Brazil”, Dr. Sula Alves, technical director of the Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA), explained what has been done to manage avian influenza in Brazil. She remarked that Brazil has been free of avian influenza in commercial poultry farms since 2000 and has specific norms for biosecurity, prevention and awareness of important diseases in poultry. Dr. Alves described the many steps that Brazilian poultry farmers must adhere to in order to remain avian influenza free, some of which include registering with the state service, veterinarian supervision for farm health control, farm maps, etc.

Gary Flory, consultant at GA Flory Consulting LLC, discussed composting as an option for disposing of dead birds. Composting is a process of biological heating that naturally degrades the bird’s carcasses. He remarked that “to have successful composting of dead birds, a qualified expert in composting must be in charge” and described the steps necessary for the process to occur. Flory also discussed some of the benefits of composting, which include low cost, simplicity and promptness in disposal.


The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) is a collaboration of three shows - International Feed Expo, International Meat Expo and the International Poultry Expo - representing the entire chain of protein production and processing. The event is sponsored by the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), North American Meat Institute (NAMI) and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY).  

Founded in 1909, the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), based in Arlington, Va., is the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to representing the business, legislative and regulatory interests of the U.S. animal food industry and its suppliers. The organization’s membership is comprised of nearly 650 domestic and international companies that represent the total feed industry—manufacturers of commercial and integrated feed and pet food, ingredient suppliers, pharmaceutical companies, industry support and equipment manufacturers. AFIA members manufacture more than 75% of the feed and 70% of the non-grain ingredients used in the country. AFIA is also recognized as the leader on international industry developments and holds membership in the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF).

The Meat Institute is the nation’s oldest and largest trade association representing packers and processors of beef, pork, lamb, veal, turkey, and processed meat and poultry products and their suppliers. Meat Institute member companies include more than 350 meat packing and processing companies, large and small, and account for more than 95 percent of the United States’ output of these products. The Meat Institute provides essential member services including regulatory, scientific, legislative, public relations and educational programming.

U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) is the All Feather Association progressively serving its poultry and egg members through research, education, communications and technical services. Founded in 1947, USPOULTRY is based in Tucker, Georgia.

The Latin American Poultry Association (ALA) is the organization of Latin American poultry, which has 27 member countries from Latin America and the Caribbean region. It contributes to the strengthening of efficient and responsible production, providing food security, representation in international forums and promoting businesses that generate employment and wealth in the region.

Dr. Catya Itzel Martínez Rivas, subregional representative of the World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH) for Central America and the Caribbean, speaking at the la Cumbre Avícola Latinoamericana at the 2024 IPPE.

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