Webinar: Pet food and COVID-19, part 2: focus on pet food safety

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Petfood Industry webinar series logoWatch on-demand now to learn lessons from immediate behavioral changes imposed by the coronavirus outbreak and how these lessons can be applied as part of an organizational culture. 

The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is affecting every business and industry, including pet food, around the world. While data have shown rising pet food sales from consumers stocking up to shelter at home with their pets, the surge may not last. In addition, the upswing in demand may be causing long-term issues in the pet food ingredient supply chain as well as the supply chain for packaging materials.

At the same time, pet food manufacturers must ensure the health and safety of their workforce while continuing to meet demand with safe, high-quality Extrutech_webinar logopet food products. Fast-changing developments and announcements make it difficult for businesses to plan and respond to this crisis.

In the second of this webinar series, safety experts,  David Rosenblatt, Sher Consulting and Training, and Kara Baldus, Hydrite Chemical Co., will provide tips and insights on creating and maintaining a pet food safety culture, best practices for improving sanitation and disinfectant measures, and for keeping your workforce safe.


  1. Learn lessons from immediate behavioral changes imposed by the coronavirus outbreak and how these lessons can be applied as part of an organizational culture. 
  2. Understand the most current science on employee motivation and how this new knowledge can be applied to create a pet food safety culture. 
  3. Discover the difference between sanitation and disinfecting, and the importance of each, especially now. 
  4. Gain best practices for establishing heightened sanitation and disinfection protocols.

This webinar is part two of the two-part webinar series, 'How COVID-19 is impacting pet food: what you need to know' presented by Petfood Industry and WATT Global Media.

This webinar is sponsored by Extru-Tech, Inc.


Speaker Info:

David RosenblattDavid Rosenblatt, DVM, director of learning for Sher Consulting and Training

David Rosenblatt, DVM, director of learning for Sher Consulting and Training, david@2sher.co.il. Rosenblatt received his DVM from Hebrew University, then worked at Unilever Israel as company veterinarian, R&D manager for pet food and SHEQA (safety, health, environment & QA) manager for nine years. He joined the Standards Institution of Israel as head of the Food Sector and senior educator, where he worked for four years. In 2005, Rosenblatt joined Sher Consulting and Training as director of learning; he also teaches companion animal nutrition and food safety at the Koret School of Veterinary Medicine. He has lectured at numerous conferences and workshops on food and pet food safety and quality management. Rosenblatt contributed to the textbook Petfood Technology as writer and chapter editor, and his articles have been published in Petfood Industry magazine. He is a member of the American Academy of Veterinary Nutritionists, the International Association for Food Protection and the Association of Talent Development. Rosenblatt is an FDA-recognized preventive controls qualified individual and, in November 2019, received FDA certification as lead instructor for FSMA.


Kara BaldusKara Baldus, food safety program manager, Hydrite Chemical Co.

Kara Baldus, the food safety program manager at Hydrite, is responsible for managing food safety and sanitation technical training, program development and adjacent technology. She has over 20 years of food microbiology experience working on control of foodborne pathogens in the manufacturing plant environment and continuous improvement of food safety systems. Baldus has a background in food microbiology training, microbiology methods, hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP), and food safety plans. She earned a Bachelor of Science in bacteriology and genetics from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Business Administration and total quality graduate certificate from Edgewood College. Baldus was recently elected to the Wisconsin Section of the Institute of Food Technologists board.


Guest Moderator Info:

Greg Aldrich headshotGreg Aldrich PhD, president of Pet Food & Ingredient Technology Inc.

Greg Aldrich, PhD, president of Pet Food & Ingredient Technology Inc., is an independent nutritionist specializing in foods, ingredients and nutrition for companion animals, as well as research professor and petfood program coordinator for the petfood research production program at Kansas State University. He writes a monthly column for Petfood Industry magazine on ingredient issues. Aldrich earned his doctorate in nutrition from the University of Illinois, a master of science from the University of Missouri and bachelor of science from Kansas State. He has held management and technical positions with Co-op Feeds, the Iams Co., Kemin Industries Inc. and Menu Foods Ltd. He is a member of the American Society of Animal Science, American Society for Nutrition and American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition.