Pet Food Best Practices
Leah Wilkinson, director, ingredients, pet food and state affairs
AFIA Releases Pet Food Best Practices
Monday, March 10, 2014
by: Leah Wilkinson, director, ingredients, pet food and state affairs

Section: Spring 2014

In 2011, the American Feed Industry Association Pet Food Committee determined that pet food safety should not be a competitive issue in the industry and has since worked to provide educational materials, programs and resources for the industry to improve pet food safety for the betterment of the entire industry. After development of AFIA’s Pet Food Manufacturing Facility Certification Program (PFMFCP) the committee then sought to improve upon AFIA’s Salmonella Control Guide and develop a set of best practices for pet food safety that would encompass the entire pet food safety arena.

That work is now complete and the Pet Food Committee is pleased to announce the best practices document is now available for AFIA members on the AFIA members-only website as a tool for manufacturers to use in their operations. The “Best Practices for Pet Food Safety” will also serve as a useful resource for facilities as they prepare for a PFMFCP audit (now operated by the Safe Quality Food Institute as “FSC 32: Manufacture of Pet Food”) or to implement pet food safety plans to comply with the proposed Food Safety Modernization Act regulations.
The best practices document is intended as industry guidance only and provides recommendations on how to effectively control and prevent potential contaminants in pet food products and ingredients used in pet foods. It is intended to be a living document that will be updated as new information and technologies become available. It is also not intended to be the basis for industry regulations. 
The best practices can be found at
If you have question of the “Best Practices for Pet Food Safety,” please contact Leah Wilkinson, AFIA’s director of ingredients, pet food and state affairs at (703) 558-3560 or
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