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David A. Dzanis, DVM, PhD, DACVN

Pet food changes coming in first
AAFCO meeting of 2020

AAFCO will debate some
key issues at its midyear
2020 meeting.
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I

n late January 2020 (after press
time), I will attend the "midyear"
meeting of the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), marking
more than 60 AAFCO meetings I've attended in
my career. In my experience, each has proven to be
a unique event, and this one promises the same.
The meeting took place January 21-23, 2020, in
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.

Who will - and won't - be
attending AAFCO midyear
meeting
One exceptional aspect of the upcoming
meeting is who will not be attending. At least
some individuals in association with a pet food

consumer advocacy organization have been
expressly prohibited by AAFCO from participation. Reportedly, this action stems from the
group's suspected assistance to a pet food
company that has filed a lawsuit against AAFCO.
The group denies any collaboration with the plaintiff in the case.
The organization is trying to dissuade both
state and federal government officials, as well as
pet food companies, from attending the meeting
on the basis of AAFCO's discriminatory practices.
I'm not sure how successful the group will be in
that regard. Some have surmised that absence of
the group will allow for a more subdued environment during the meeting (although there has
always been very animated discussions between
industry and regulators even before this consumer
group began attending). On the other hand, there
is talk of possible protests or other planned disruptions of the meeting by the advocacy group, so
anything can happen.
Another interesting aspect of the upcoming
meeting is the number of keynote presentations.
As mentioned in previous columns, AAFCO has
deviated in recent years from its typical schedule
to include talks on various agricultural topics but
from speakers outside of the animal feed regulatory arena. I have always found these presentations to be insightful and a refreshing change
from what can become a humdrum progression of committee meetings. Apparently, others
have thought the same way, because at the next
meeting, AAFCO has scheduled four of them!

Dr. Dzanis is a Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist and CEO of Regulatory Discretion Inc. He is also the author of Petfood
Industry magazine's monthly column, "Petfood Insights."

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Pet food supply chain risks include labor, animal welfare
Speaking of...
News and Calendar
I AND LOVE AND YOU pet food: success from human-pet bond
Pet food sustainability established beyond trend level
Vitamin supplementation: good things in small packages
Dissecting DCM: when dogs’ diets are incomplete, imbalanced
Petfood Forum Asia offers new business strategies, insights
Pet food changes coming in first AAFCO meeting of 2020
Turmeric: ancient spice may offer osteoarthritis relief in dogs, cats
Specialty vs. mass pet care buying trends in e-commerce age
New Products
Marketplace
Advertiser’s Index
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Petfood Industry - February 2020 - Pet food supply chain risks include labor, animal welfare
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Petfood Industry - February 2020 - Speaking of...
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