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WE DID NOT LOSE!!

The discussion over so-called minor edits to the definition of human-grade pet food had potential to end poorly. The risk existed the Pet Food Committee (PFC) would blindly accept the proposal to “simply” remove the word “edible” from the human grade pet food (HGPF) discussion. The conversation started with a …

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Your Manufacturing Process — January 2018

It’s January – what does that mean to your manufacturing process? For some of our members, it’s the start of a new fiscal year which means business planning and annual budgets.  Our manufacturers are planning for 40% annual growth!!  This planning means renewing contracts and ensuring the sourcing of quality …

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“Conservatism dominates the pet food industry”, or “Why more veterinarians aren’t recommending your food”

It comes down to the perception of safety. The general veterinarian wants to know your food is safe. In their minds, safety keeps veterinarians from getting sued. According to published literature, your food is not safe. Published literature details the hazards of raw/unprocessed food; the relationship of Salmonella, Listeria, and …

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2017 AAFCO ANNUAL MEETING REPORT

The AAFCO 2017 Annual meeting just wrapped up and I’m pleased to give you a summary of the developments that most impact you. First, I´m pleased to report that I’m still on the following active working groups:       Nutrition Facts Box,       Nutritional Adequacy and Feeding …

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Next Gen PFMA Turns One

Inaugural Presidents are marked by the first hundred days of their presidency.  At Next Gen PFMA, we are proud to be marked by our first year in existence. Through a bittersweet chain of events, Executive Director Cathy Alinovi became available full-time to pursue her passion for ensuring sufficient high-quality pet …

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Hemp Anyone?

Currently, there is no ingredient definition for hemp and/or hemp products in pet food. The Ingredient Definitions Committee welcomes a manufacturer who will propose a definition. Methodology to request an ingredient be defined is well-detailed in the AAFCO OP (official publication). In the meantime – no definition – no use! …

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