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Debbie Phillips-Donaldson, editor-in-chief of Petfood Industry, shares her insights and opinions on all things pet food, addressing market trends as well as news and developments in pet nutrition, food safety and other hot topics for the industry.
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Don't miss petfood safety webinar, live chat on petfood trend

If you're looking to expand your knowledge about petfood and the many facets of our industry, you have two great opportunities to do so on Tuesday, December 11, sitting at the comfort of your own desk or wherever you might access your computer.


The first opportunity is a webinar, "FSMA is coming tomorrow--what you need to do today," scheduled for 9 a.m. central time (US) on December 11. Hosted by Petfood Industry and sponsored by Extru-Tech Inc., the webinar will include an update on pending new regulations from the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) by Dr. David Acheson of food safety consulting firm Leavitt Partners and former associate commissioner of foods for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In fact, while he was at FDA, Acheson was one of the authors of legislation that eventually became FSMA; and being based in Washington, DC, and continually advising clients on food safety issues, he's on top of regulations in the pipeline and what they portend for producers, including petfood manufacturers.


The webinar will also feature Jim Giranda, VP of food safety and quality systems for American Nutrition, a petfood manufacturer. He'll provide tips on developing your own food safety plan, including key preventive controls you must have in place to ensure the safety of your products and compliance with likely FSMA regulations.


Registration to the webinar is free, so don't miss out!

From petfood safety (or before), you can go to something that, on the surface, may seem a little frivolous but could be one of those trends just waiting to take off. That same morning, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. eastern time (US) on December 11, Nestle Purina, through its Chef Michael's brand, is sponsoring a live talk with executive chef Amanda Hassner and animal enthusiast Lloyd Wideman. The subject? Food trucks for dogs!


Chef Michael's debuted the concept last summer in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. While it's obviously a promotion for the brand, it may not be that far-fetched, considering the growing popularity of food trucks for humans in the US and other countries. Most major metropolitan areas in the US have websites and social media devoted specifically to finding food trucks; I googled the phrase and found five sites just for Chicago, near where I live. And of course, the Food Network even has a show devoted to this, the "Great Food Truck Race."


Many dog owners take their dogs with them almost everywhere, so why not to a dog food truck right after hitting up a human food truck? You can learn more by joining the Chef Michael's live chat (click here).


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