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  • FEDIAF - New Safety Guide and New Nutritional Guidelines

    17 July 2017

    European pet food industry approves new safety and nutrition standards

    An improved FEDIAF safety guide and updated FEDIAF dog and cat nutritional guidelines were presented and agreed at the European Pet Food Industry Federation’s annual meeting in Manchester.

    Brussels/Manchester, June 2017 – “We are proud having adopted an improved pet food safety guide as well as updated nutritional guidelines for cats and dogs.” FEDIAF president Marinus Pannevis concluded at FEDIAF’s annual meeting in Manchester.

    Safe, nutritious and balanced pet food

    Pet food companies’ mission and duty vis-à-vis pets and their owners is to provide safe, nutritious and balanced food. FEDIAF provides guidance on how to best fulfill this mission:

    Safety: The FEDIAF safety guide, previous versions of which had already been endorsed by the EU, was improved to incorporate new legal requirements and represents thus a state-of-the-art manual for manufacturers throughout the EU for producing safe products. Training of personnel, machinery, HACCP, raw materials, contaminants, supply chain… – all elements are covered and explained for the users, which include also the national control authorities.

    Once endorsed again by the EU, probably before end 2017, the safety guide will be posted on the FEDIAF website for free download by any interested party.

    Nutrition: There are 37 essential nutrients (vitamins, trace elements, fatty acids, amino acids…) that dogs need in their daily food, cats require 41 essential nutrients. For many years FEDIAF, together with a Scientific Advisory Board composed of renowned scientists from European universities and vet schools, annually updates its publicly available nutritional guidelines: What are the minimum needs of calcium for puppies, how much vitamin A do cats need, what is the maximum for the trace element zinc for dogs? A practical tool for producers to achieve the right quantities and balance of nutrients, a guidance on how to conduct product analyses or feeding protocols and on energy requirements, to name just a few examples.

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    FEDIAF represents the European pet food industry with around 200 production sites. It is an umbrella organization of national pet food industry associations. FEDIAF’s mission is to be the credible and responsible voice of the European pet food industry collaborating with authorities, regulators and academics for achieving favourable conditions for the supply of safe, nutritious and palatable products to pets and their owners. Based in Brussels, FEDIAF is fully committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, to the wellbeing of pet animals, to their important social role and to the respect of sustainable development.

    Contact: Thomas Meyer, Secretary General, + 32 (2) 536 05 20 – fediaf@fediaf.org 

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  • FEDIAF new Facts & Figures

    17 July 2017

    Europeans continue to seek company of cats and dogs

    The European Pet Food Industry Federation has presented new facts and figures for Europe: The popularity of cats, dogs, ornamental birds and small mammals remains very high.

    Brussels, June 2017 – Around 80 million households in Europe owned at least one pet animal according to the latest pet related statistics which were presented at FEDIAF’s annual general meeting.

    Pets are very popular

    “We have seen the popularity of most pets increase in European households”, FEDIAF president Marinus Pannevis said. “Pets, in particular dogs and cats, are more and more an important part of Europeans’ lives.”

    The number of dogs in the EU now stands at over 68 million; the number of cats is above 74 million. Increasingly small animals are appreciated by owners: 40 billion ornamental birds, 20 million small mammals and millions of fish in 9.6 million aquaria are cared for in the EU (which means in excess of 200 million ornamental fish).

    Pets provide employment

    The economic importance of pet ownership is revealed by the high number of direct and indirect employment: “Our sector provides approximate 100.000 direct jobs in the industry – but indirect employment means an estimated 900.000 jobs in related sectors.”, Marinus Pannevis said. This estimation is based on approximately 200.000 veterinarians in Europe, an estimated 60.000 pet specialist stores, suppliers to the pet food industry, the pet accessories industry, trade shows, pet press, breeders, animal welfare organizations and transport.

    € 35.5 billion combined turnover 

    Pets in Europe, their food and related products and services (veterinarians, pet shops, breeders, accessories, grooming, medicines…) contribute significantly to the European economy: The pet food industry reaches € 19.5 billion turnover in 2016, the related products and services another € 16 billion.

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    FEDIAF represents the European pet food industry with around 200 production sites. It is an umbrella organization of national pet food industry associations. FEDIAF’s mission is to be the credible and responsible voice of the European pet food industry collaborating with authorities, regulators and academics for achieving favourable conditions for the supply of safe, nutritious and palatable products to pets and their owners. Based in Brussels, FEDIAF is fully committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, to the wellbeing of pet animals, to their important social role and to the respect of sustainable development. www.fediaf.org

    Contact: Thomas Meyer, Secretary General, + 32 (2) 536 05 20 – fediaf@fediaf.org 

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  • FEDIAF 2017 Annual General Meeting

    17 July 2017

    Annual general meeting of FEDIAF

    European pet food industry holds annual general meeting in Manchester, UK

    “The Pet Food Industry United” was this year’s theme of FEDIAF’s annual general meeting, gathering 125 delegates from European associations and companies; they represented the entire product range of cat, dog, bird, small mammals and ornamental fish food.

    Brussels/Manchester, June 2017 – “We were delighted to host this year's FEDIAF meeting in Manchester”, said Peter Kersh, Chairman of PFMA. “In the current Brexit discussions, our theme of 'The Pet Food Industry United' couldn't be more relevant. We are happy that the AGM gave us the opportunity to show that the Brexit vote has not changed our role in FEDIAF and we continue to be an active and supportive member.”

    FEDIAF gave an overview of the past working year’s EU legislative developments underlining the need for clear, enforceable rules for a level playing field between the operators; it was welcomed that FEDIAF achieved, in discussions with the regulators, a number of new simplified labelling rules, the approval of essential additives or maintain access to important export markets (e.g. Russia, Canada, Turkey). Updated versions of the FEDIAF Nutritional Guidelines Cats and Dogs were approved as well as its improved Safety Guide.

    A European Commission representative presented the EU work programme and highlighted that future official controls, also of pet food, would concentrate more on “the truthfulness of labels”. The official thanked FEDIAF for good and constructive cooperation in various fields and for defining requirements of dietetic pet food in particular.

    Despite an excellent industry safety track record and responsible self-regulation on safety and nutrition, recently critical media questioned hygiene and quality of pet food – a panel discussion with invited experts on communication, on reputation management and a journalist presented and discussed how best to make industry’s case. – Valuable and reassuring take-home points for membership were made.

    The FEDIAF president, Marinus Pannevis, concluded the successful event: “The pet food industry will remain united and keep working closely together, also with our partners in Great Britain.”

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    FEDIAF represents the European pet food industry with around 200 production sites. It is an umbrella organization of national pet food industry associations. FEDIAF’s mission is to be the credible and responsible voice of the European pet food industry collaborating with authorities, regulators and academics for achieving favourable conditions for the supply of safe, nutritious and palatable products to pets and their owners. Based in Brussels, FEDIAF is fully committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, to the wellbeing of pet animals, to their important social role and to the respect of sustainable development. www.fediaf.org

    Contact: Thomas Meyer, Secretary General, + 32 (2) 536 05 20 – fediaf@fediaf.org 

     

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  • The welfare of dogs and cats involved in commercial practices

    5 January 2017

    FEDIAF supports the European Parliament call upon the European Commission to draw up an Action Plan to tackle the illegal trade in dogs and cats in the EU.

    The recently published study on the welfare of dogs and cats involved in commercial practices, which was funded by the European Commission, revealed a number of areas of concern which could best be addressed at the EU level.

    With as many as 18% of EU households owning a dog and 26% with a feline friend, this is an issue that is close to the heart of many EU citizens. In December 2016, 38 MEPs from all major political groups and 17 different countries sent a public letter to the Commission asking it to place this issue on its agenda by drawing up an Action Plan to tackle the illegal trade in dogs and cats. Such strong support from the European Parliament provides considerable weight for a call to action. The illegal trade in dogs and cats has implications which reach far beyond simply animal welfare, and also affects public health, consumer protection and the smooth functioning of the EU internal market.

    FEDIAF reserve position:

    FEDIAF is of opinion that the trade which affects hundreds of thousands of dogs and cats per year and poses risks to the health of EU citizens can only be tackled through a comprehensive approach at EU level involving the Commission, European Parliament and Member States. FEDIAF, therefore, looks forward to constructive cooperation among EU policymakers in the coming months to successfully tackle this abominable illegal trade in companion animals. Addressing this issue would be a step in the right direction in restoring citizens’ trust in the ability of European decision-makers to ensure the best protection of Europeans and their households all across the Union.

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  • Newly designed FEDIAF nutritional guidelines for cats and dogs

    10 June 2016

    FEDIAF Annual General Assembly, held in Hamburg on 10 June 2016, endorsed and published its updated Nutritional Guidelines for Complete and Complementary Pet Food for Cats and Dogs.

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