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ASSOCIATIONS

PET FOOD
Institute

As a key voice for US pet food processors, this
organization continues to support research and
resources to better the industry, its members and pets.
"PFI maintains
a library of
resources on
our website
with federal
guidance and
regulations
pertaining
to pet food
makers
during the
pandemic."
Dana Brooks,
Pet Food Institute

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Pet Food Institute's (PFI) members represent 98%
of all pet food manufactured in the United States.
The organization has been working tirelessly during what President and Chief Executive Officer
Dana Brooks calls "an action-filled past year"
to keep the industry informed, connected and
running smoothly.
One key project completed in early 2020 was
the collaborative report with the Institute for
Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) and the
North American Renderers Association (NARA)
detailing the sheer impact of the pet food ingredient market on the agricultural economy. This
report found that pet food makers use a diverse
array of ingredients to create more than 10 million
tons of dog and cat food per year.
"This information has been useful to our members as they communicate with stakeholders about
the value of the pet food industry and its widereaching contributions," Brooks said.
PFI also played a leading role in advocating for
the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), a
new North American trade deal that went into effect mid-2020, on behalf of the companion animal
food industry. The organization was also a leading
industry voice during the enactment of the China
Phase One trade agreement, which is another benefit for US pet food exports.
The trade organization helped establish a
Congressional Pet Caucus in February, led by Rep.
Angie Craig (D-MN-2) and Rep. Roger Marshall
(R-KS-1), to initiate conversations about and
bring legislative attention to pet nutrition and
other industry priorities.
Moving forward, PFI plans to roll out an online

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registration portal where pet food manufacturers
can register or renew their products in each state.
The portal will streamline what can be a time-consuming and costly process. It was first discussed
in August during the Association of American
Feed Control Officials' (AAFCO) Annual Meeting
and will bring together industry members, state
officials and developers to build and test this tool.
PFI plans to launch the portal in fall 2020 across
a handful of states, Brooks said, with plans to expand more widely in the near future.
"PFI is funding multiple studies - currently
underway - that address means to control and
mitigate Salmonella along the supply chain,"
Brooks said. "We will be sharing this information
when completed to help support the manufacturing of safe pet food."
To support its members through the COVID-19
pandemic, Brooks said PFI's immediate focus was
to ensure manufacturers and businesses continued
production as "essential businesses" at the federal
and local level by advocating as well as providing
information and tools, including federal guidance
and regulations.
"Many of us in the pet industry are familiar
with the US Food & Drug Administration's (FDA)
announcement regarding dilated cardiomyopathy
(DCM) and dog food," Brooks added. "It's important to reiterate that FDA has not advised any dietary change for healthy dogs. PFI members are
committed to food safety and studying this issue
closely. As our members work to advance the understanding of DCM, PFI continues to share information for consumers and stakeholders who
may have questions."


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