Michael R. Taylor, JD, deputy commissioner of foods for the US Food and Drug Administration, has been confirmed as a main speaker for Petfood Forum 2012. With responsibility for the safety of all food in the US, Taylor is spearheading implementation of the new Food Safety Modernization Act and will address how petfood safety fits into the overall food safety picture, plus similarities and differences between human food and petfood safety.

Taylor's colleague, Daniel McChesney, PhD, director of the Office of Surveillance & Compliance for FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine and previously announced as a speaker, will provide specifics on new regulations stemming from FSMA that apply directly to petfood.

Registration is available for Petfood Forum, scheduled April 2-4, 2012, at the Renaissance Schaumburg just west of Chicago, Illinois, USA. If you register by February 1, you can save up to 15%. Save even more by also registering for Petfood Workshop: New Product Development, which will follow Petfood Forum on April 4-5, also at the Renaissance Schaumburg.