About the IMS
The International Meat Secretariat (IMS) represents the global meat and livestock sector as a vital motor of growth and prosperity to meet the future demands for sustainable, high-quality, nutritious and safe animal protein.
The IMS is a non-profit organization that brings together livestock producer associations, national and regional meat associations, meat exporter associations, meat processing companies, government, and corporate partners from around the world representing over 75% of the global production of cattle, pig, and sheep meat. The IMS is headquartered in Paris and celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2014.
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The IMS Mission
The IMS represents the meat and livestock sector at international level to promote the sustainable supply of safe, healthy, high-quality and nutritious animal protein, including beef, pig meat and sheep meat and ensure the sector’s contribution as an essential part of a healthy, sustainable diet.
The IMS engages with international standard setting bodies including the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) to shape public policy and regulatory standards impacting the agri-food chain.
Through its Expert committees the IMS champions science-based solutions and policy, the need for continued innovation and better technologies, free and fair trade and sustainable business as key elements to meet the future challenges of a growing global population estimated to be 9 billion people by 2050, with the associated higher demand for high-quality animal proteins.
Finally through its global conferences and scientific symposiums the IMS provides a platform for expert dialogue to contribute to international research and facilitate scientific advancements particularly in the fields of sustainability, nutrition and animal welfare.
Key IMS activities
- Engage with international and intergovernmental organizations including the WTO, FAO, OECD and OIE to contribute to a fact and science based approach to public policy and international standards, which impact the meat and livestock sector, including on food safety, sustainability, nutrition and animal welfare.
- Host scientific symposiums and global congresses, including the World Meat Congress, focusing on science-based solutions and providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences on key issues affecting the international meat and livestock sector.
- Provide a platform for the IMS members to share and exchange knowledge and network, as well as to support Members’ organizations through specialized work in the IMS Expert Committees
- Promote the uptake of published scientific research by national competent bodies to facilitate international trade
- Publish the yearly IMS-GIRA World Meat Facts Book with global statistics on the production, consumption and international trade of beef, pigmeat, sheepmeat and poultry meat
- Recognize scientific research excellence through the IMS Prize for Meat Science and Technology and the annual IMS Meat Science Lecture.
IMS Governance and Structure
The IMS is a membership driven organization governed by a General Assembly of members, which is held at the occasion of the World Meat Congress. A representative Board of Directors is elected from the members and day-to-day operations are decided by the elected Executive Council and managed by the Secretary General based in the IMS Secretariat in Paris, France.
The IMS has expert Committees for Beef, Pigmeat, Sheepmeat and Veal, as well as for Animal Care, Sustainability, Human Nutrition and Health. The IMS Members also provide experts for the Economic, Scientific, and Marketing Committees of the IMS.
These committees provide expert advice and input into global public policy and scientific research and enhance members’ understanding of the issues faced by the meat and livestock sector.
Executive Council of IMS (2016-2018)
Guillaume Roué, INAPORC, France
Li Shui Long, China Meat Association (CMA), China
Ruy Fernando Gil, National Meat Institute Uruguay (INAC), Uruguay
Executive Council Members:
Philip M. Seng, United States Meat Export Federation, USA
Patrick J. Moore, Bord Bia : Meat Industry Ireland
Jurgen Preugschas, Canada Pork International, Canada
Mick Sloyan, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, United Kingdom.
Juan José Grigera Naón, Sociedad Rural Argentina, Argentina
Henny Swinkels, VanDrie Group, The Netherlands
Antonio Camardelli, Brazilian Beef Exporters Association (ABIEC), Brazil
The IMS has set up Meat Committees for Beef, Veal, Pigmeat, and Sheepmeat. Their objective is to enhance members’ understanding of the factors affecting the markets for each species through direct participation in the preparation and the proceedings of the various committees.
The Chairpersons of the Committees are:
Beef Committee: Jim O’Toole, Bord Bia, Ireland
Veal Committee: Henny Swinkels, VanDrie Group, The Netherlands
Pigmeat Committee: Mick Sloyan, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, United Kingdom
Sheepmeat Committee: Emmanuel Coste, Interbev Ovins, France
Other IMS Committees have been set up to deal with issues that are vital to the international meat sector. The Chairpersons of these Committees are:
Sustainable Meat Committee: Jurgen Preugschas, Canada Pork International, Canada
Animal Care Committee: Mick Sloyan, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, United Kingdom
Human Nutrition and Health Committee: Veronique Droulez, Meat and Livestock Australia, Australia
Economics Committee: Erin Daley Borror, United States Meat Export Federation, USA
Finance Committee: Mick Sloyan, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, United Kingdom
Scientific Committee: Lars Hinrichsen, Danish Meat Research Institute, Denmark
Marketing Committee: Rod Slater, Beef & Lamb New Zealand inc, New Zealand