IPC Meeting in Abu Dhabi to Have Middle Eastern Flair

Mohammed Badri, advisor to the Emirates Standardization and Metrology Authority, will discuss the prospects for establishing a globally accepted mark for halal poultry at the upcoming meeting of the International Poultry Council (IPC) in Abu Dhabi.

The IPC has arranged for a full slate of speakers for its first semester 2016 meeting, the organization’s first conference in the Middle East. Ahmad Khalifa, senior specialist for the Dubai Municipality, will give a talk on food standards in the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and Miryam Azaghouach of Carrefour-Middle East will talk about the retail sector for poultry in the region.

ESMA logoAlso, Mohammad Ala of McDonald’s Corp. will discuss private standards and regional consumer demands. Dr. Nan-Dirk Mulder, a senior economic analyst at Rabobank, will give IPC members an idea of what the global poultry sector can expect in 2016, and a representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN will give a perspective on developing poultry production in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

The IPC conference is scheduled for February 17-19 at the InterContinental hotel in Abu Dhabi, just after the VIV Middle East and Africa show in Abu Dhabi, and just before the Gulfood show in nearby Dubai, which will open on February 21. Gulfood is a major regional food and beverage fair, and VIV is holding its first food show in the UAE.

Registration information for the IPC conference is posted on the organization’s website, www.internationalpoultrycouncil.org.