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By Jordan Tyler
BRUSSELS — The Global Alliance of Pet Food Associations (GAPFA) has announced the publication of a new, science-based international standard for pet food production safety to help streamline international trade.
The association worked with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) to revise its international standards, which now include science-based recommendations for ensuring safety with certain cooking practices for dry pet food and heat-treated poultry products in hermetically sealed containers, including those used in pet food formulations.
These revisions were published in the 2021 edition of the Terrestrial Animal Health Code, which sets international standards for animal health, welfare and veterinary public health. These standards have been adopted by all 182 members of OIE, according to GAPFA.
“With this new revised OIE standard, countries around the world gain the guidelines and understanding of how pet food can be safely transported and traded across the globe,” said Fausto Fiorini, chairman of GAPFA’s Food Safety and Trade Facilitation Workstream and manager of regulatory and scientific affairs for Nestlé Purina PetCare’s Latin American and Carribbean operations. “One key mission of GAPFA is to promote global standards for pet food, and we welcome this important step that can support people, pets and public health.”