Food Industry Online (PFI):
food industry unites in crisis
Timeline of the industry's response to
the pet food recall
Initial recall announced by Menu Foods of certain canned "in
gravy" products; PFI notifies members and develops key talking
points, putting scope of recall into perspective.
PFI issues release on recall.
PR working group formed by PFI to develop materials and manage
public communications on recall.
New York Commissioner of Agriculture announces finding of
aminopterin in pet food, which is later disproved. PFI issues
release reassuring consumers.
PFI hires Levick Strategic Communications.
FDA announces finding of melamine in the pet food ingredient
wheat gluten, as well as finished pet food products; confirms
wheat gluten was imported from China. Numerous recalls follow.
PFI's initial survey finds consumers think pet foods are safe
and will continue to buy their brand.
PFI places full-page ads in The Washington Post and USA
Today in the form of an open letter to consumers. PFI
announces formation of the National Pet Food Commission.
Ekedahl testifies before Congress on the recall.
Recalls begin related to the second contaminated ingredient.
PFI issues letter to US Trade Representative and FDA
commissioner urging them to determine how melamine found its
way into simple ingredients for pet food.
Below are articles written about AAFCO or PFI collected for
The AAFCO is a private company. They are not
subject to FOIA requests, oversight, or anything else. Their
purpose is to control legislation and regulatory agencies to the
exclusive benefit of feed manufacturers.
AAFCO= American Association of Feed Control Officers
AAFS=FDA’s Animal Feed Safety System
CVM=FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine
Benz= Dr. Sharon Benz, CVM/FDA
MOU=A memorandum of understanding is a legal document
describing a bilateral agreement between parties. (definition
Nelson= Mr. Eric Nelson President, AAFCO
Who Regulates the Pet Food Industry?
Who Regulates the Pet Food Industry
Article was written by The Animal Advocate, William D.
At this time the pet food industry is "governed" by the
Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO).
Labels should be standardized so that they are readable and
understandable by the average pet owner. Ingredients used in
commercial pet foods should also meet set standards. The control
of this industry should go back to state and federal agencies.
I believe that state and federal laws dealing with human
food products can be extended to include pet food products ...
then these laws must be assigned to the proper state and federal
agencies to be enforced. We should be able to buy pet
foods that come from manufacturing facilities that are licensed
and regulated by government agencies who are there to protect
both the buyers and consumers of the products produced at those
Regulation of Pet Food
NEXUS: Pet Food Industry Practices Extracted
from Nexus Magazine,
Volume 10, Number 5 (August-September 2003)
A Market Analysis of the US Pet Food Industry to
Determine New Opportunities for the Cranberry Industry
(May 17) (PDF)
The report begins with an overview of the pet
food industry. ... The pet food industry is a $14.7 billion
industry, which has been experiencing growth ...
The Cranberry Industry needs to increase demand for its
product....The use of cranberries in pet food is not new.
Cats targeted due to their high instances of urinary tract
problems. Some manufacturers also add cranberries to bird