The 2012 Pet Food Conference will be held in Atlanta, Ga., Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the International Feed Expo/International Poultry Expo, the annual event organized by the American Feed Industry Association in conjunction with the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association.
The conference covers a variety of topics ranging from regulatory issues to the technical aspects of production, food safety, marketing and use of ingredients.
The Pet Food Conference will include several expert speakers. Svetlana Uduslivaia of Euromonitor International will address domestic and global industry trends, while Dr. Dale Hill, ADM Alliance Nutrition, will discuss ingredient variability.
Pet food safety topics will be addressed by Douglas Marshall, Eurofins Scientific and Duarte Diaz, Novus International. FDA will give an update on the one year anniversary of the Food Safety Modernization Act, and AFIA’s Leah Wilkinson will present on third-party certification programs.
The conference will also feature a number of panels. The FDA/AAFCO panel will feature officials who will deliver a regulatory update of ingredient approvals, unapproved animal drugs, calorie labelling and the future of GRAS listings in the AAFCO Official Publication.
An ingredient supplier question and answer panel will be an opportunity to gain insight into establishing supplier relationships and issues facing the pet food ingredient sector.
The concluding panel, featuring a number of speakers, will highlight the future of food and feed safety.
The day-long conference, which will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., is sponsored by AFIA’s Pet Food Committee and USPOULTRY’s Poultry Protein & Fat Council.
The Pet Food Conference has an add-on fee of $40, in addition to the initial IFE/IPE registration fee of $40 (for a total of $80). After Jan. 6, the rates for both increase to $60 (for a total of $120).