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SOMETHING TO
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CHEW ON

Debbie Phillips-Donaldson

Pet food supply chain risks
include labor, animal welfare
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s consumers expect to see tangible proof
of sustainability (p. 12) and ethical practices in the products they shop for, pet food
producers should consider focusing strategies
and resources on their supply chain, which
includes social issues and animal welfare.
That's according to the Pet Sustainability
Coalition (PSC), which presented a webinar
in late 2019 about new research on pet food
proteins. Nick Sterling, a supply chain consultant to PSC who serves on the research
team, said that while studies are ongoing on the environmental and nutritional aspects
of sustainability, pet food companies should pay close attention to supply chain areas.
The social area involves labor practices, such as the use of forced labor or mistreatment of workers, particularly in Asia, which have generated negative press and even
lawsuits for pet food manufacturers. Sterling commented that while abuses in fisheries
have received the most attention, the same problems are occurring in many other
areas of production, including meat processing.
According to documented reports received by the U.S. Department of Agriculture,
more than 57 common pet food ingredients are sourced from supply chains using
child labor, while more than 16 have sources using modern forms of slavery. This isn't
just a matter of social values or risking consumer and media outrage; U.S. legislation is now in place for companies to take action in this area, Sterling said. "You can't
outsource risk," he added, sharing due diligence items such as ensuring a traceable
and transparent supply chain, providing contractually established supplier expectations, and monitoring, evaluating and correcting practices in your supply chain.
Consumers today care a lot about how all animals in the supply chain are treated.
Sterling presented standards, or freedoms, of animal welfare that he characterized as
just the minimum level, while acknowledging they are often difficult for companies
to put in place. It's no longer an option not to do so, he said. Individual U.S. states are
mandating certain livestock production practices, led by California, USA. One law
went into effect in the state in January 2020, placing requirements not only on original
producers but also on manufacturers making products using those animals. Investors
are increasingly requiring that companies pay attention to this, too. ■
Debbie Phillips-Donaldson is editor-in-chief of Petfood Industry magazine.
Email her at dphillips@wattglobal.com.

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Petfood Industry - February 2020
Contents
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
Petfood Industry - February 2020 - Petfood Industry - February 2020
Petfood Industry - February 2020 - CT2
Petfood Industry - February 2020 - Cover1
Petfood Industry - February 2020 - Cover2
Petfood Industry - February 2020 - 1
Petfood Industry - February 2020 - Contents
Petfood Industry - February 2020 - 3
Petfood Industry - February 2020 - Pet food supply chain risks include labor, animal welfare
Petfood Industry - February 2020 - 5
Petfood Industry - February 2020 - Speaking of...
Petfood Industry - February 2020 - CT3
Petfood Industry - February 2020 - CT4
Petfood Industry - February 2020 - News and Calendar
Petfood Industry - February 2020 - I AND LOVE AND YOU pet food: success from human-pet bond
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Petfood Industry - February 2020 - Pet food sustainability established beyond trend level
Petfood Industry - February 2020 - CT5
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Petfood Industry - February 2020 - Vitamin supplementation: good things in small packages
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Petfood Industry - February 2020 - Dissecting DCM: when dogs’ diets are incomplete, imbalanced
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Petfood Industry - February 2020 - Petfood Forum Asia offers new business strategies, insights
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Petfood Industry - February 2020 - Pet food changes coming in first AAFCO meeting of 2020
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Petfood Industry - February 2020 - Turmeric: ancient spice may offer osteoarthritis relief in dogs, cats
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Petfood Industry - February 2020 - Specialty vs. mass pet care buying trends in e-commerce age
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Petfood Industry - February 2020 - New Products
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