American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) will host of a series of four, free webinars focused on FSMA.

The dates for these educational webinars have been announced by AFIA along with Feedstuffs. The webinar dates span late August through September. Pet food and feed industry sponsors fund the webinars.

"We have divided the webinar series into four parts to cover the most amount of material--with time for questions--in an efficient manner…,” said Richard Sellers, AFIA senior vice president of public policy and education, in a press release.

Each webinar will last two-and-a-half hours. The first three webinars will build upon each other, the forth will focus on topics related to pet food and pet food ingredients. Speakers for the webinars include AFIA staff experts and officials from the US Food and Drug Administration.

FSMA and its implementing regulations focus on foodborne illness prevention instead of reactionary recalls by establishing mandatory product safety standards. The animal food rule and other FSMA rules impact pet food and treat makers. With very few exceptions, all pet food and treat makers must meet the following FSMA requirements in the next 1-3 years, depending on company size:


August 30: 2:00 - 4:30 p.m. ET         

Topics: Overview of FSMA, Current Good Manufacturing Practices and Recall Plan        

Sponsor: Feed Energy Company and Perdue AgriBusiness

 

September 6: 2:00 - 4:30 p.m. ET      

Topics: Animal Food Safety Plan, Supply-chain Program    

Sponsor: Cargill Animal Nutrition

 

September 20: 2:00 - 4:30 p.m. ET    

Topics: Records, Foreign Supplier Verification Program, Third-party Certification and Transportation Rule           

Sponsor: Feed Energy Company, Land O'Lakes and Purina Animal Nutrition

 

September 27: 2:00 - 4:30 p.m. ET    

Topics: Pet Food        

Sponsor: Perdue AgriBusiness and Trouw Nutrition USA