Dr Bernard Vallat has been awarded the first SSAFE (Safe Supply of Affordable Food Everywhere) Leadership Award by the body’s board of directors. The award is given to individuals for their outstanding contributions to promote sustainable and safe food globally.
Prevent animal disease spread “I’m honored to receive this Award because it highlights the importance of the efforts of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in preventing the spread of infectious diseases of animal origin, while limiting the devastating consequences they can have worldwide. The SSAFE decision is recognition of our efforts and underlines that sanitary conditions affecting the animal kingdom can have very serious global consequences for the rural economy and for global food safety and security”, Dr Vallat said at the Award ceremony that took place in Paris today.
The OIE and SSAFE share the idea that by respecting Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) standards it is possible to improve public health, animal health and food safety at global level. This necessitates involving actors from the food and feed industry, governmental agencies, academia, NGOs and consumer groups to create alliances amongst the public sector, including the Veterinary Services, and all relevant stakeholders from the private sector.
“The work of OIE and in particular the commitment of its director general, Dr Bernard Vallat, to improve animal health and food safety worldwide is of utmost importance for us, as it directly contributes to make SSAFE’s vision a reality”, commented SSAFE president, Dr David Corley.
“The correct implementation of the standards and guidelines of the OIE and the Codex Alimentarius by all countries worldwide would represent a great achievement for SSAFE, as it is one of our key objectives for the protection of consumers globally’, he added.