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10 deemed " essential, " meaning they must be provided
through the diet, since pets cannot produce them internally.
It is crucial that pets consume amino acids in the correct
amounts daily to support immune function, brain function,
metabolism regulation, stamina and weight maintenance.
Should a shortage of vitamins and amino acids occur,
reformulating pet food diets is not a viable solution due to
regulatory requirements that mandate pet food must provide
complete and balanced nutrition. The Association of
American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) establishes nutrient
profiles that set the minimum and sometimes maximum
levels of vitamins and other nutrients necessary for
pet foods to be labeled as " complete and balanced. " These
profiles are based on scientific research and are designed to
meet the dietary needs of pets at different life stages. Also,
the Food and Drug Association requires that any pet food
claiming to be " complete and balanced " meet AAFCO nutrient
profiles.
An estimated 78% of total
vitamin imports to the United
States are from China, creating
an overwhelming dependency on
this single country for its vitamin
needs. "
Gina Tumbarello, American Feed Industry Association
While this is just one example of a potential supply chain
challenge, there may be other instances where overwhelming
reliance on a single supplier or a limited number of suppliers
for vital inputs could create a precarious situation should geopolitical
tensions, trade disputes, natural disasters or other
unforeseen events in the supplier country occur. Diversifying
supply sources is crucial to mitigating these risks, ensuring a
more stable and resilient supply chain. Without feasible alternatives,
the animal food industry could become susceptible
to fluctuations in supply and pricing, potentially jeopardizing
pet health, livestock and poultry health and production, and
food security for our nation.
These points underscore the need for strategic planning
and investment in diversifying supply chains to enhance
sustainability and reduce dependence on any single supplier.
To ensure the resilience of both the US animal food
and farm sectors, the AFIA is urging US policymakers to
adopt a multi-faceted approach, balancing economic interests
with broader strategic considerations to diversify and
secure our vitamin and amino acid supply chains.
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Looking ahead
As the US pet food industry continues to flourish on the
global stage, it faces myriad challenges and dependencies
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