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David A. Dzanis, DVM, PhD, DACVN
AAFCO plans another
Pet Food Labeling Workshop
Those who missed AAFCO's August
2017 Pet Food Labeling Workshop
will have a second chance to attend in
January 2018. treenabeena.Fotolia
Did you intend to participate
in the Association of American
Feed Control Officials (AAFCO)
Pet Food Labeling Workshop held in August
2017, but couldn't make it or it was overbooked? Usually, AAFCO only holds these
types of workshops every five years or so.
However, if you wanted to go but missed
this last one, you are in luck, because
AAFCO is planning to repeat the full
1½-day workshop in January 2018.
Who is the workshop for?
Fundamentally, the workshop is designed
for anyone relatively new to the pet food
industry or government, particularly those
in regulatory affairs and/or marketing.
However, that doesn't mean people with
more than a few years experience can't
benefit, too. Everyone can use a refresher
course now and then. Also, there are always
new developments in the regulatory arena,
and the workshop could help you keep up
with some of the recent changes to the rules.
Frankly, some of the information
provided is likely going to be above
"beginner level," and so newcomers to the
field may feel overwhelmed by the whole
thing. However, there will be plenty of time
for questions scheduled, and during breaks
many of the presenters will be available
to further answer your individual queries.
Also, participants are to be provided with
a copy of the presentations along with the
publication "AAFCO Pet Food and Specialty
Pet Food Labeling Guide" as last updated in
2016. The key to successful mastery of a field
is not only what you know, but also knowing
where to find the information you need.
These resources will be of continued benefit
long after the workshop is over.
What will be covered during
The presentations will be given by those
with appreciable experience and expertise
in the area of pet food labeling. This will
include employees of state feed control
Dr. Dzanis is CEO of Regulatory Discretion Inc. and a writer and consultant on nutrition, labeling and regulation. He is also the
author of Petfood Industry magazine's monthly column, "Petfood Insights."