Animal pests and diseases not only affect global food security, but they can also pose serious risks to public health. Disease control and eradication, including diseases transmissible to humans, are important aspects of animal health. International trade in animals and animal products can adversely affect animal health thus it is necessary to use science-based laws, regulations, and standards in animal trade to protect the global food supply. Healthy animals are also more likely to result in reduced antibiotic use, higher farm productivity, lower environmental impacts, and improved animal well-being.
The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) works to facilitate international trade in animals and animal products by developing and reviewing international standards for animal health and zoonotic diseases (spread between animals and humans). The OIE is mandated by the World Trade Organization (WTO) as the international reference point for standards related to animal health.
Learn more about the AFSI Animal Health program and Animal Health resources.