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ASSOCIATIONS

THE GLOBAL ALLIANCE OF
PET FOOD ASSOCIATIONS
This worldwide coalition serves as a key, central forum for discussions
about food safety, trade, nutrition and companion animal welfare.
By Jordan Tyler | jtyler@sosland.com

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While the North American pet food processing industry is a sizeable slice of the global pet
food industry, advocacy for safe, nutritious and
wholesome pet food doesn't stop at the Pacific or
Atlantic oceans. The Global Alliance of Pet Food
Associations (GAPFA) represents 13 pet food associations and global pet food makers from all corners of the world - from New Zealand to Canada
to Russia - to support the industry and the health
of dogs and cats.
"Collaboration and shared knowledge are key
objectives of GAPFA," said Robert Kaczmarek,
GAPFA president and global director of government, regulatory and public affiars for Mars
Petcare. "Our members recognize that this way
of working benefits pet food makers, pet lovers
and, of course, the dogs and cats we feed. GAPFA's
members share information on product safety and
nutrition and trade, all with the goal of providing
consumer choices that allow pet lovers to select
the most appropriate food for their cat's or dog's
nutritional needs."
GAPFA's mission is "to support the health and
wellbeing of dogs and cats and to promote the
benefits of living with them, by providing a forum
to address industry consensus on key issues of
mutual interest."
According to GAPFA, it represents at least 92%
of global pet food production. The alliance is run
by an executive committee comprised of one president, two vice presidents, a treasurer, a secretary,
and other officers nominated by their respective
association or company.
GAPFA's main areas of focus are food safety and
trade facilitation, nutrition, and communications.
The alliance has workstream groups that meet periodically to discuss each of these three priorities.
The Food Safety and Trade Facilitation

Workstream meets every two months to address
international trade barriers for the pet food industry and provides food safety guidance for companies exporting their products internationally.
The Nutrition Workstream also meets every two
months and is focused on setting a framework for
producing nutritionally balanced pet food, and the
Communications Workstream meets quarterly to
help companies educate stakeholders on pet food
safety, nutrition and responsible pet ownership.
"As there are many different regulations across
the regions regarding the safe development and
manufacturing of pet food products, all three
workstreams collaborate to share relevant knowledge and learnings from their markets with other
members," Kaczmarek said. "Throughout the
COVID-19 period, it has been more important
than ever for the workstreams to share information
and discuss ongoing issues. This has included discussions around continuing to communicate what
it means to be a responsible pet owner, in light of
the increased adoptions, as well as any challenges
members have seen in their respective markets
that affected meeting consumer demand."
Global pet food associations convene annually during GAPFA's General Assembly, where
members discuss common goals and pathways to
achieve them.
In addition to the 13 regional trade associations,
GAPFA also represents three global pet food companies - Mars Petcare, Hill's Pet Nutrition, and
Nestlé Purina PetCare.
"The safety and quality of pet food products
is always the top priority for GAPFA members,"
Kaczmarek said. "Throughout the pandemic,
GAPFA has been in regular communication with
our global industry partners to offer assistance and
advice where we can. Pet food manufacturers have

GAPFA Members:
x Pet Food Industry Association
of Australia
x Brazilian Pet Products
Manufacturers Association
x European Pet Food
Industry Federation
x Pet Food Association
of Canada
x New Zealand Pet Food
Manufacturers Association
x Korea Pet Food Association
x Pet Food Institute
x Consejo Nacional de
Fabricantes de Alimentos
Balanceados (AMASCOTA)
x Japan Pet Food Association
x Pet Food Industry Association
of Southern Africa
x Petfood Industry Association
in Thailand
x Pet Food Manufacturers
Association in Russia
x Camara Argentina de
Empresas de
Nutricion Animal
x Company Members:
* Mars Petcare
* Hill's Pet Nutrition
* Nestlé Purina PetCare

Founded: 2014
Headquarters:
Brussels, Belgium
Website:
https://www.gapfa.org/

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