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To Be Successful, We Have to Work Together
March 16, 2023
To Be Successful, We Have to Work Together

It is a joint effort between regulators, industry and stakeholders to do our jobs and achieve the goal of providing safe and nutritious animal food products that help feed the world. It was refreshing to see this reflected by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) at its recent midyear meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

By Leah Wilkinson
Food Safety Requires Formaldehyde
March 14, 2023
Food Safety Requires Formaldehyde

Are you aware that formaldehyde is an important feed additive for reducing virus risks, which the Environmental Protection Agency is currently trying to ban? First, let me explain why formaldehyde is in animal food and then I will discuss how the EPA’s current regulations may impact its safe use in animal food manufacturing in the future.

By Gary Huddleston
Members Speak Up on Value of Animal Food Industry Sustainability Toolkit
March 3, 2023
Members Speak Up on Value of Animal Food Industry Sustainability Toolkit

The Institute for Feed Education and Research recently released its Animal Food Industry Sustainability Toolkit, giving animal food companies a starting place for building business environments that incorporate sustainability into their cultures and decision-making. We had the opportunity to speak with some American Feed Industry Association members about how they are using the toolkit and what value it provides to their companies.

By AFIA Editor
The State of State Issues: Busy Season is Upon Us
March 3, 2023
The State of State Issues: Busy Season is Upon Us

Every January, the “in-session” map on our state legislative and regulatory tracking service starts to light up as most state legislatures open for business. By mid-February, 45 states are in regular session and one state is in a special session. These next few months, we will certainly be busy tracking bills and working with state and regional associations to minimize negative impacts brought on the industry by overly ambitious legislators.

By Louise Calderwood
How Do the NFPA's Combustible Dust Standards Affect My Facility?
February 22, 2023
How Do the NFPA's Combustible Dust Standards Affect My Facility?

The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) combustible dust standards have been around for a long time. If you have been tasked with managing a manufacturing facility in the animal food industry, you have probably heard of them, but may be confused with how they could apply to your facility.

By Gary Huddleston
Sustainability: An Imposed Requirement or A Market Opportunity?
February 16, 2023
Sustainability: An Imposed Requirement or A Market Opportunity?

During the recent International Production & Processing Expo in Atlanta, Ga., it seemed to me that sustainability was on the minds of many attendees and exhibitors. It could be that I was especially tuned into the topic with the launch of the Institute for Feed Education and Research’s Animal Food Industry Sustainability Toolkit during the show, but let me give you some context.

By Lara Moody
Communicating Feed's Impact Via the Protein PACT
February 16, 2023
Communicating Feed's Impact Via the Protein PACT

The Protein PACT for the People, Animals & Climate of Tomorrow unites partners including the Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) across the animal agriculture supply chain in the largest-ever effort to strengthen animal protein’s contributions to the people, animals and climate of tomorrow. Following the Protein PACT’s launch in July 2021, the North American Meat Institute (Meat Institute) and our partners have been hard at work to set measurable baselines, verify progress toward ambitious achievements and communicate transparently about how nutrient-dense animal-sourced foods contribute to sustainable food security solutions.

By Guest
CVM Needs to Be Involved With AAFCO Processes
February 9, 2023
CVM Needs to Be Involved With AAFCO Processes

Today, the American Feed Industry Association’s Leah Wilkinson participated in a virtual public meeting on the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine's (CVM) role in the Association of American Feed Control Officials’ (AAFCO) feed ingredient definition process. This issue is of importance to the animal food industry as the AFIA strongly believes that AAFCO and CVM should continue to work together to ascertain the safety of our animal food products.

By AFIA Editor
Nothing Iffy about IFIF and the IFRM
February 9, 2023
Nothing Iffy about IFIF and the IFRM

IFIF, or “If-If” as it is called outside the United States, is not just something you say when you are “iffy” about something. The American Feed Industry Association is not at all iffy about IFIF and its mission. The International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) provides a unified voice and leadership for the global animal feed industry. Additionally, IFIF represents the global feed community in multilateral forums such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), World Trade Organization (WTO), World Health Organization (WHO), World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH) and the Codex Alimentarius (Codex).  

By Mallory Gaines
Working With APHIS Toward an Efficient and Effective Export Process
February 1, 2023
Working With APHIS Toward an Efficient and Effective Export Process

If you or your customers export animal-based feed or pet food, you know how heavily the industry relies on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). In many cases, you can’t export a feed or pet food without some form of APHIS health certificate or approval. In recent years, getting the documentation needed to export has been more than a headache due to ongoing agency staffing and funding issues, the pandemic and the ongoing highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) crisis.

By Mallory Gaines

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