The 3rd Quality and Welfare Egg (China) Summit, co-hosted by FAI Farms, IQC Shanghai Co., Ltd.and China Animal Health and Food Safety Alliance, the 3rd Quality and Welfare Egg (China) Summit was successfully held in Shanghai on October 27th, 2021. This summit forum was strongly supported by the government, universities, industry associations and enterprises. More than 160 participants from academic circles, industry associations and scientific research institutions at home and abroad, representatives of breeding, equipment, processing, testing and certification, catering and retail attended the forum.
The conference was broadcast online by IQC in both English and Chinese, and was simultaneously broadcast by Innovation China, Home of Science and Technology Workers, China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation, Good Food Found and Baidu Live. The total number of online views reached more than 56,000. Online users frequently interacted with the conference and actively discussed the current situation and development of animal welfare in the world.
The summit was presided over by Dr. Chuanwu Xiong, CEO of Shanghai IQC. He introduced the speakers and thanked the on-site and online participants for their support.
Mr. Qistein Thorsen, CEO of FAI Farms, delivered a welcome speech to the conference online. Mr. istein reviewed the previous two summits and thanked all the guests and participants for their support to the conference.
Dr. Zhongchao Sun, Deputy Secretary General, China Animal Health and Food Safety Alliance, delivered a speech at the conference. He said that the successful convening of the third quality and welfare egg (China) summit forum was in line with the strategic requirements for the high-quality development of the animal husbandry industry, and was important to guide the green and healthy development of the farming industry, enhance the competitiveness of enterprises, promote the connection between production and marketing, and help the development of the welfare egg industry, It is of great practical significance to increase the supply of safe, high-quality and healthy animal-base food.
Under the guidance of the China Animal Health and Food Safety Alliance, IQC and HFAC (Humane Farm Animal Care) have successfully carried out animal welfare certification projects in China. At present, Suzhou OVODAN Foods Co., Ltd., Happy Eggs (Hainan) Agriculture Development Co., Ltd Jiangsu Branch and Pingyao Weihai Ecological Agriculture Co., Ltd. had got the international laying hens animal welfare certification and become the first batch of enterprises in China that meet the international animal welfare standards. Dr. Xiong Chuanwu, on behalf of HFAC China, issued the animal welfare certificate to the enterprise.
More than 2,000 companies worldwide, including 50 companies in China, have committed to buy 100% cage-free eggs. All have commitment to start sourcing 100% cage-free eggs in China and globally by 2025 or earlier. Since 2019, Shanghai IQC has launched a research project on cage-free egg producing in China. It had visited more than 30 cage-free egg farm bases in three years to evaluate the feeding model, breeding stock and animal welfare level. In order to better promote the jointing of production and marketing and promote the development of welfare egg industry, IQC released the latest recommended list of welfare egg procurement.
In order to fulfill the gap of industry and market demand standards, better guide the standardization of cage free layer breeding management, provide a set of cage free egg production evaluation guidelines for retail and catering enterprises, and promote international standards, the food safety committee of CCFA jointly drafted group standards invited the industry experts and cage free egg production enterprises to drafted the group standard of Evaluation Guidelines of cage fee egg production , which came into effect on October 13, 2021.
Dr. Chuanwu Xiong, CEO of IQC, hosted the morning meeting. Many guests shared the industry development trend and market changes associated with the theme of "China's industry information and international vision".
Professor Kai Zhan, Director of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Research Institute, Anhui Academy of Agriculture Science, National System Scientist of Laying Hens, gave a theme report about development trends of Chinese egg industry. Zhan Kai introduced and illustrated the egg industry from four aspects: product overview, industrial situation, laying hens welfare and egg industry prospect, and he pointed out that the cage free system only accounts for about 10% of the market share, and the growth space of welfare eggs is huge.
Professor Guiyun Xu, scientist of the national layer system shared the analysis of egg quality evaluation indexes, evaluated and analyzed the quality of eggs from quality indexes and egg flavor substances.
Qistein Thorsen, CEO of FAI Farms, shared with the participants the latest changes in the welfare egg market in the European and American markets through online connection. He introduced the current situation of companies making cage free egg purchase commitments and the growth of cage free egg market. The market is lack of sufficient data to monitor and track the growth of the cage free market. Using independent data to monitor the market is the development trend in the future.
Eldren Paixão, Procurement & Supply Chain Professional at Barilla described the best practices of Barilla cage free egg suppliers. Eldren introduced the sustainable development strategy of Barilla group, achievements in animal welfare and the procurement and certification process of cage free eggs. At the same time, Eldren also shared the experience on how to communicate animal welfare products with consumers.
Luiz Mazzon, Global Programs Director of Humane Farm Animal Care shared the main challenges for animal welfare certification. Luiz provided reasonable opinions on how to understand standards, animal welfare training, continuous monitoring and paying attention to farming records, which are the problems encountered or need to be focused by enterprises in the process of on-site audit.
Dr. Xiao Xiao, OIE National animal welfare focal point to China, Mr.Daolei Zhou, senior expert of SGS, Ms.Dandan Huang, marketing director of Zoo Coffee, and Mr.Weisheng Wang, founder of Happy Eggs, jointly participated in the thematic discussion on the theme of Bring the International Animal Welfare Standards to China which chaired by Mr. Chuanwu Xiong. They had a detailed discussion on the application and promotion of international animal welfare standards in China market, the establishment and release of domestic group standards, and the choice of welfare products in the market.
Murilo Henrique Quintiliano, animal welfare scientist of FAI Farms, introduced the main product certification research of global animal welfare, and shared the importance, market driving and consumer communication of welfare product certification.
Mr.Jie Hou, Director of Customer Solutions of Big Dutchman, shared the practice of cage free laying hens at home and abroad. He introduced the cage free production guidelines, the current situation of cage free production in EU and the United States. He also discussed the development of China cage free market.
Kris de Smets, Head of Team Food Hygiene SANCO (European Commission), shared the experience of EU laying hens in controlling Salmonella. He introduced the comprehensive health rules and control of key risk points, the control of Salmonella during breeding and production. He also shared measures for laying hens to control Salmonella.
Ms.Muci Huang, Project Manager of Lever China, discussed the business opportunities of cage free eggs in China with participants online and offline. She also introduced the foreign market of cage free eggs and consumers' views on cage free eggs, and focused on how food enterprises transformed to cage free.
Lisa Wang, Project Manager of IQC, presidedover the panel discussion and invited Taixin Han, President of Suzhou Ovodan,Minjie Hu, General Manager of Zhejiang Xinde Agriculture Co., Ltd., Xueqin Chu,Project Manager of WAP, Ron Lane, General Manager Strategic Accounts andBusiness Development of Alltech,Jie Hou, Director of Customer Solutions of BigDutchman China to talked about the theme of Empowering Small and Medium-sizedProducers. The five guests discussed and exchanged their experiences and challengesin the process of cage free egg certification, the challenges of enterprises inthe process of developing cage free layers, how to help enterprises promotewelfare farming and how to help small and medium-sized enterprises better carryout cage free layer sales.
Good commodities need good market support. In order to better help cage free egg breeding enterprises and cage free egg purchasing enterprises to communicate and interact, accurately purchase and sell, and help the development of animal welfare. As an activity of egg theme day, the production and marketing docking seminar was successfully held. More than 20 catering retail purchasers and breeding production enterprises had face-to-face exchanges to jointly explore the challenges and opportunities of cage free eggs.
At the end of the conference, Dr. Xiong Chuanwu, CEO of IQC, delivered a closing speech, summarized the conference, thanked all speakers and participants, and placed high hopes on the development of welfare eggs. So far, the 3rd quality and welfare egg (China) summit forum has come to a successful conclusion.