Coronavirus and Pets

Read the latest on the impact of human coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak on the pet food industry, supply chains, trade shows, conferences and dog and cat health. To date, according to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), there is no evidence that dogs play a role in the spread of this human COVID-19 pandemic outbreak or that they become sick. Further studies are needed to understand if and how different companion animals could be affected by the COVID-19 virus.

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4% growth forecast for 2020 pet food sales, down from 6%

Pet food sales will reflect, as occurred in the Great Recession, some trading down to value and store brands.
Total U.S. retail sales of pet products and services may decline by 17% in 2020, compared with the 5% growth forecast prior to the coronavirus pandemic by market research firm Package Facts.
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Dog, cat food industry suppliers’ pandemic preparations

Through their international operations, pet food ingredient, equipment and other suppliers saw the COVID-19 disease grow from a regional outbreak to a global pandemic.
As the health crisis expanded, these companies prepared and developed contingency plans for various potential scenarios in the markets where they operate.
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Purina worker positive for COVID-19; Nestle may pay wages

St. Louis-based Purina PetCare’s parent company Nestlé announced that employees worldwide affected by work stoppages would receive full salaries for at least three months.
A worker for Purina PetCare tested positive for the presence of the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19.
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FDA to brief animal food industry on COVID-19

FDA will provide an overview of current activities, respond to identified stakeholder concerns, and highlight FDA resources in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
FDA will host a stakeholder call with the pet food and other animal feed industries on Tuesday, March 31 at 3:00 p.m. EDT.
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