Pet Food Conference

January 30, 2024 | 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. ET
Georgia World Congress Center | Thomas B. Murphy Ballroom | Atlanta, Ga.
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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

7:00 - 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 - 8:10 a.m.  Welcome and Introduction
8:10 - 9:00 a.m.

Pet Food Labeling: To Be Human Grade or Not Human Grade

Carolyn Kennedy, Independent Consultant, EAS Consulting Group

9:00 - 9:30 a.m.

AFIA Support of Pet Food Exports

Gina Tumbarello, Senior Director of International Policy and Trade, American Feed Industry Association

9:30 - 9:50 a.m Break
9:50 - 10:50 a.m.

Emerging Issues in the Pet Industry 

Invited papers from three graduate students

Chemical composition of selected green banana flour and its effect on texture and color in canned food, apparent total tract digestibility and fecal metabolites of adult cats

Clare Hsu, University of Illinois

Application of encapsulated and dry-plated organic acidulants to control Salmonella enterica in raw meat-based diets for dogs

Samuel Kiprotich, Kansas State University

The Pulse of it: The Effects of Zero to Fort-Five Percent Pulse Inclusion in Canine Diets on Cardiac Health

Pawan Singh, University of Guelph

10:50 - 11:00 a.m.

Friend of Pet Food Award and Video

Presented by Scott Baker, SEM Minerals, LP

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Panel on Human Resources in the Pet Food Industry: Issues in 2022

Moderated by: Erin Mies. Co-founder, People Spark Consulting

Thembi Machaba, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Freshpet, Inc.

Nathan Bingaman, Director of Operations, D1 Resources, Inc.

12:00 - 1:15 p.m. Networking Lunch and Explore the Student Poster Session
1:15 - 2:00 p.m.

Federal Regulatory Update - U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2022

Dave Edwards, Ph.D., Director of the Division of Animal Feeds, FDA, Center for Veterinary Medicine

2:00 - 2:30 p.m.

AAFCO Update

George Ferguson, Feed Administrator, North Carolina Department of Agriculture 

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Cybersecurity and Ransomware: Best Practices for the Pet Food Industry

John T. Hoffman, Senior Research Fellow, Food Protection and Defense Institute, Univ. of MN

Todd Renner, Supervisory Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation

3:30 p.m. Wrap up and Adjourn
*Times and speakers are subject to change (times in EST)
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Contact Louise, AFIA’s director of regulatory affairs, for any questions regarding conference agenda, committee questions and event expectations. 

SARAH NOVAK     (703) 558-3574       SNOVAK@AFIA.ORG

Contact Sarah, AFIA’s manager of membership & engagement, for any questions regarding AFIA membership opportunities. 


Contact Lynette, AFIA’s specialist, meetings and events, for any questions regarding sponsorships, registrations, travel and hotel accomodations.