The American Feed Industry Association's Pet Food Committee was among the sponsors of the fourth annual Pet Food Conference, held Jan. 25-26 as part of AFIA's 2011 International Feed Expo in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
More than 20,000 visitors from over 100 different countries attended the 2011 Expo, which included the two-day petfood conference with a number of speakers. The international regulatory update was given by Dr. Gary Egrie of the National Center for Import and Export, while Svetlana Udislivaia of Euromonitor International addressed supply and demand in the international petfood market. Dr. Daniel McChesney provided an update on the Food and Drug Administration and the Food Safety Modernization Act. The conference concluded with a petfood manufacturing panel that featured representatives from The Nutro Company, P&G Pet Care and Snacks, WellPet LLC and Midwestern Pet Foods Inc.
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