Pet Food Ingredients

AAFCO petfood ingredient definition process gets reprieve

Extension of an agreement with FDA means using the process for a few more years to get new petfood ingredients approved
The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) recently announced an extension of its memorandum of understanding with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the AAFCO process for establishing feed ingredient definitions (including for petfood) through September 1, 2015. The announcement came as a bit of a surprise.
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Record number of booths reserved for Petfood Forum 2013 in first 30 days

Largest amount of exhibit space ever offered and sold for industry's leading conference
Within just a month of the exhibit space for Petfood Forum 2013 being offered, a record number of booths have already been reserved, promising an even more exciting edition of the petfood industry's leading conference in its 21st year. Petfood Forum 2013 will take place April 15-17 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, near Chicago, Illinois, USA.
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Date announced for Petfood Forum Asia 2014

The fourth edition of this premier conference will take place April 9, 2014, in Bangkok, Thailand
Petfood Forum Asia 2014, the fourth edition of this exclusive, premier conference for petfood professionals in southeast Asia, will take place April 9, 2014, at the Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC) in Bangkok, Thailand.
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Topics and speakers announced for Petfood Forum 2013

More than 20 sessions confirmed for the petfood industry's premier annual conference
More than 20 topics and speakers have been confirmed for Petfood Forum 2013, scheduled for April 15-17 at the Renaissance Schaumburg near Chicago, Illinois, USA. Starting with the opening keynote speaker, Kerri Morgan, a Paralympian who won two bronze medals at the London 2012 games, the current line-up of topics and speakers includes sessions on petfood and nanotechnology, emerging petfood markets such as Brazil and China, an update on new regulations from the Food Safety Modernization Act and nutritional management of cognitive dysfunction in dogs.
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How to sample and test for aflatoxin in petfood ingredients

Experts from the Iowa Grain Quality Initiative at Iowa State University summarize their research and tips
Aflatoxin, a potentially dangerous mycotoxin, has been an increasing concern for manufacturers and suppliers of petfood ingredients such as corn, as well as petfood manufacturers who use those ingredients in their product formulations. The severe drought in the US Midwest this past summer has only heightened that concern and the risk of aflatoxin contamination.
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Gemoscan develops new Pet Food Intolerance Test

Beta testing completed for petfood allergy test based on blood testing technology currently used for humans
Gemoscan Canada Inc., a marketer of food sensitivity and dietary management solutions, announced that it has completed research, development and beta testing of a new Pet Food Intolerance Test. The company says that some research has shown that up to 10 percent of dogs and cats may suffer from petfood intolerances or allergies. 
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AFIA to host Pet Food Conference at IPPE 2013 in January

Pet Food Conference will be held January 29 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
On Tuesday, January 29, 2013, the American Feed Industry Association and the USPOULTRY Poultry Protein and Fat Council will sponsor the sixth annual Pet Food Conference on the first day of the International Production & Processing Expo. The forum will feature a number of sessions addressing topics ranging from regulatory issues to the technical aspects of petfood production, food safety, marketing and use of ingredients.
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No GMO labeling required for petfoods (yet)

While Prop #37 failed to pass in California this time around, the concept of such label disclosure is not likely to go away
For readers outside of California who do not follow state election issues, there was an initiative on the November 6th ballot that, if passed, would have had profound effects on petfood labeling nationwide. The “California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act,” better known as Prop #37, enjoyed an early lead in the polls with over 70% of the state population supporting the measure. However, a reported $45.6 million negative campaign apparently swayed voters otherwise, so in the end it lost with approximately 47% in favor and 53% opposed (at last count).
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