Pet Food Ingredients

AFIA to host 2012 Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers Conference

March 2012 conference open to petfood industry professionals
The American Feed Industry Association will host its annual Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers Conference for more than 450 buyers and sellers of animal feed and petfood ingredients, from March 14-16, 2012. Highlights of the program include tips on bar code data collection for managing productivity, inventory management and traceability; packaging and requirements; an overview of federal regulatory requirements for producing animal feed; and China's impact in the US animal feed industry.
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Australian petfood manufacturer asks to use culled animals in petfood

Company's request to use culled animals from Kakadu National Park denied by local authorities
Howard Springs Pet Meat Supplies, based in Australia's Northern Territory, wants to use culled animals from Australia's Kakadu National Park as ingredients in its petfood, according to reports. The petfood manufacturer says it already collects feral animals from cattle stations and some other nationals parks run by the local government.  
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Plans for VICTAM, FIAAP Asia 2012 continue despite Thailand flooding

Show organizers say 2012 BITEC show venue, hotels and transportation are mostly unaffected by floods in Bangkok
Preparations for FIAAP, VICTAM & GRAPAS Asia 2012 continue to progress, despite recent flooding in parts of Thailand, including Bangkok, show organizers say. The situation seems to be improving with flood levels going down throughout Bangkok and the country of Thailand.
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AFIA to hold petfood conference at 2012 International Feed Expo

Conference will take place in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, in January.
The 2012 Petfood Conference will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, on Tuesday, January 24, at the International Feed Expo/International Poultry Expo, organized by the American Feed Industry Association and US Poultry & Egg Association. The conference covers a variety of topics ranging from regulatory issues to the technical aspects of production, food safety, marketing and use of ingredients.
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Plasma: thermoplastic gel with pet health benefits

Plasma is a high-quality, natural component that should be considered a valuable part of a dog or cat diet
To the couch potato, the word “plasma” likely conjures up thoughts of a new television; to Trekkies, it’s the high-energy gaseous field the USS Enterprise has to traverse periodically. In other words, the term by itself doesn’t necessarily conjure up a yuck factor.
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New ISO standard on traceability of fish products to improve food safety

New standard specifies information to be recorded for captured finfish
A new ISO standard on the traceability of finfish products, ingredients often used in dog and cat food formulas, is expected to improve food safety by supplying stakeholders throughout the supply chain with accurate information about the origin and nature of these products. The new standard, ISO 12875:2011, Traceability of finfish products - Specification on the information to be recorded in captured finfish distribution chains, specifies the information to be recorded in marine-captured finfish supply chains in order to establish traceability.  
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Human food trends not necessarily adequate for pets, vet cautions

Pet owners urged to check ingredients labels on petfood, not look for certain key terms on the package
As people opt for more organic foods, the trend is also crossing over to petfoods, but a veterinarian is cautioning pet owners that these human food trends may not always meet the nutritional needs of pets. In a recent Huffington Post article, Dr. Karen Becker says that dogs and cats need wholesome, "living foods," just as people do.
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Nutro Co. scientist discusses using poultry by-products as petfood ingredients

USPOULTRY seminar addresses use of chicken meal, poultry fat in pets' diets
USPOULTRY and the Poultry Protein and Fat Council recently discussed using poultry by-products as petfood ingredients at the 2011 Poultry Protein and Fat Seminar in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. In his presentation, The Importance of Rendered Ingredients in Pet Foods, Jim Eastin, supplier quality assurance scientist for Nutro Company, provided an overview of the dry pet food process and examined the benefits of chicken meal and poultry fat in pets' diets.
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NASC Adverse-Event Reporting System minimizes pet, human contamination risks

NASC's ability to scan products for ingredients allows for quicker notification to companies
The US Food and Drug Administration issued a recall on October 6 for Salmonella contamination in Thumb Oilseed’s soy flour, which is used to manufacture certain animal foods. But, the National Animal Supplement Council's ability to scan thousands of products and ingredients in its NASC Adverse-Event Reporting System allowed NASC to identify 27 products containing soy flour and notify the eight companies selling these products with specific instructions on how to check the ingredient with raw material suppliers.  
Read More says genetically engineered ingredients often found in cat food

Recent article examines the use of GE ingredients like corn, soy, canola oil in petfoods
A recent article on discusses the amount of genetically engineered, or genetically modified, GMO, ingredients that may be found in cat foods. The article cites, which says that GE foods are altered at a molecular level in ways that would not otherwise happen naturally, meaning the genetic makeup of plants and animals is altered using DNA molecules from other sources to create a new set of genes that exhibit specific traits.  
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