Registration is now open for the 2017 NGFA-PFI Feed and Pet Food Joint Conference. The event is an annual collaboration between the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) and the Pet Food Institute (PFI). Designed specifically for the feed and pet food sectors, the conference addresses pressing policy, regulatory and operations issues that companies face in today’s environment with a strong focus on FSMA compliance.
The event will take place at the Seelbach Hilton Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky on October 23-25, 2017.
The conference will include up-to-date information on the involvement and interaction of state feed regulatory agencies with the Food and Drug Administration in implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act for the animal food sector.
Indiana State Chemist and Seed Commissioner and former AAFCO President, Robert Waltz, will discuss AAFCO’s latest actions to list ingredients generally recognized as safe by the FDA within its Official Publication amendments to the organization’s Model Bills and Regulations to provide authority to state feed regulators to enforce FDA’s Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) regulations, as well as potential changes to pet food labeling.
Other sessions at the conference will include a presentation by Jim Barritt, government and regulatory affairs manager at Mars Petcare, focused on pet food and improving pet food labels.
Dr. Steven Solomon, director of the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine, will also be present to discuss the FDA Program Alignment Initiative.
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