April 12, 2011








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Industry News You Can Use

PET FOOD: FDA To Hold Public Meeting on Implementation of Safety Controls Under Food Safety Modernization Act

PIJAC ALERT: Maryland Study Bills Amended to Include PFI & PIJAC

PIJAC ALERT: California Puts Forth New Reporting Requirements for Pet Stores and Dog Breeders ** Provides for New Puppy License ** Hearing Set For May 4th


APPA News

Two new upcoming conferences on Pet Branding and Health and Wellness for Companion Animals


Member Benefits Unleashed

UBS Financial Services Inc. and APPA

Don't Forget to Share Your Story With Us: Tell Us How Your APPA Membership Benefits Helped Your Business


In the Media

Salmonella in water frogs sickens 217, mostly kids

Oklahoma Pet breeder rules get House panel OK

Delta puts bulldogs on no-fly list after string of pet deaths

The Food Safety Modernization Act

Vaccine could cure cat allergies, study suggests

Fido’s Food Set to Take Bigger Bite of Budget: Chart of the Day

Some pet owners try to skirt rules with fake service dogs

German Shepherd is top mixed-breed, but few mutts get flea preventives, study reveals

The Rise of Animal Law: Science 2011


Industry News You Can Use:

PET FOOD: FDA To Hold Public Meeting on Implementation of Safety Controls Under Food Safety Modernization Act

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing a public meeting entitled “FDA Food Safety Modernization Act: Focus on Preventive Controls for Facilities.” The purpose of the public meeting is to provide interested persons an opportunity to discuss implementation of the preventive controls for facilities provisions of the recently enacted FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). FDA is seeking information on preventive controls used by facilities to identify and address hazards associated with specific types of food and specific processes. The public will have an opportunity to provide information and share views that will inform the development of guidance and regulations on preventive controls for food facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold human food or animal food and feed (including pet food).

The meeting will be held on April 20th in Silver Spring MD. There will also be a webcast of the meeting. If you wish to participate the FDA asks that you register by April 15th. For more information see the FDA’s Federal Register Notice which will be published tomorrow, April 13th. http://www.ofr.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2011-08785_PI.pdf .

 

PIJAC ALERT: Maryland Study Bills Amended to Include PFI & PIJAC

Companion legislation introduced in the Maryland state Senate would create a task force to evaluate establishment of a Spay-Neuter fund in the state. Legislation in various states seeking to fund spay-neuter programs often targets certain segments of the pet industry as a source for such funding. The Pet Food Institute (PFI) and Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC), recognizing the need for adequate pet industry representation on this task force, successfully sought amendment of the original resolution to expand task force membership.

http://www.pijac.org/_documents/md_sb_639_spayneuter_task_force.pdf

 

PIJAC ALERT: California Puts Forth New Reporting Requirements for Pet Stores and Dog Breeders ** Provides for New Puppy License ** Hearing Set For May 4th

A May 4th hearing has been scheduled for Assembly Bill 1121 requiring pet dealers and breeders to send a monthly report on dog transfers to county/city agencies responsible for licensing. Existing law authorizes counties/cities to issue dog licenses for a fee, and AB 1121 creates a “puppy license” for dogs up to one year old. The bill provides specific licensing terms for both the new puppy licenses and the existing dog licenses.

http://www.pijac.org/_documents/ca_hb_1121_-_pet_store_requirements.pdf

 

APPA News:

Two new upcoming conferences on Pet Branding and Health and Wellness for Companion Animals

Registration is now available for two new conferences, brought to you by Pet Industry Advisory.

PetBranding 2011

May 16-17, 2011
The Hotel Sutton Place
Chicago, IL
207-467-3564

Health & Wellness for Companion Animals

Featuring the Human Animal Bond with Steve Hellem
June 22-24, 2011
Renaissance Chicago O'Hare Suites Hotel
Chicago, IL
207-467-3564
 

Member Benefits Unleashed:

UBS Financial Services Inc. and APPA

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Don't Forget to Share Your Story With Us: Tell Us How Your APPA Membership Benefits Helped Your Business

Your story may be featured in a national news story or in our 2011-2012 membership benefits campaign! By sharing your success story you'll help new and current members make the most of their APPA Membership Benefits. Submit your story to: sharemystory@americanpetproducts.org

 

In the Media:

Salmonella in water frogs sickens 217, mostly kids

Single Calif. breeder of African dwarf frogs blamed for illnesses in 41 states
A single California breeder of the frogs has been identified as the source of infections caused by Salmonella Typhimurium confirmed in 41 states since April 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. Investigators visited the breeder in March and confirmed the presence of salmonella in the environment; tests are continuing to see if it matches the outbreak strain.
(
MSNBC)
 

Oklahoma Pet breeder rules get House panel OK

Federally licensed pet breeders would be exempt from meeting the rules and licensing requirements of a new Oklahoma board under a bill approved Wednesday by an Oklahoma House committee.

(NewsOK)

 

Delta puts bulldogs on no-fly list after string of pet deaths

Of the 16 pets that died on Delta flights in 2010, six were bulldogs. The airline created its new policy in February based on a review of last year's incidents, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said.

American, English and French bulldogs, like other short-faced animals, are susceptible to breathing problems - a condition that can be exacerbated in cargo holds

(Herald Sun)

 

The Food Safety Modernization Act

Preventive Controls Made Mandatory

Prevention rather than reaction is not a new concept to the food safety world. However, until the recent passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), regulatory requirements for preventive controls were minimal.

(Quality Assurance Magazine)

 

Vaccine could cure cat allergies, study suggests

Early trials showing the shot is safe, effective, researchers say

Sniffly-nosed kitten-lovers rejoice: A new vaccine could soon banish allergies to cats.

The vaccine isn't ready for prime time yet, but a new study finds that the shots are safe, researchers reported March 31 in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology . They're also effective at reducing allergic reactions, the researchers reported.

(MSNBC)

 

Fido’s Food Set to Take Bigger Bite of Budget: Chart of the Day

U.S. pet owners beware: the cost of feeding your animal is set to surge in coming months, following the rise in your own food bill. The CHART OF THE DAY shows how changes in the food component of the consumer price index have led movements in pet food costs since 2006. In 2008, pet food prices jumped by 16 percent after human food inflation reached 6 percent. Human food costs have accelerated to more than 2 percent as of February after falling 0.7 percent at the end of 2009.

(Bloomberg)

 

Some pet owners try to skirt rules with fake service dogs

They get look-alike certifications and vests off the Internet Owners and trainers of service dogs are increasingly angry at pet owners who pass their animals off as service dogs by using phony credentials. The imposters go to the Internet to buy vests, ID cards and certificates for their dogs. The deception allows their pets to live in restricted housing, accompany them inside restaurants and hotels or fly for free in airplane cabins rather than in cargo holds.

(Sun-Sentinel)

 

German Shepherd is top mixed-breed, but few mutts get flea preventives, study reveals

Mixed-breeds account for more than half, 53 percent, of companion canines in the U.S., according to a new study, but what mixes are in those breeds has remained a question … until now. German Shepherds, the second most popular purebred breed registered with the American Kennel Club, is the most popular breed found in the nation’s “mutts,” according to The National Mutt Census, launched in 2010 by Mars Veterinary.

(Veterinary News)

 

The Rise of Animal Law: Science 2011

This article discusses the rapidly growing field of animal law, a relatively new area of study that examines- and often challenges- how the law treats animals. As recently as 2000, only a handful of law schools in the United States offered courses in animal law. Now roughly 120 do. These include several of the nation's premier law schools, including Harvard, Stanford, and Columbia, which have established endowed programs in animal law thanks to $1 million donations from TV celebrity and longtime animal rights activist Bob Barker.

(Science Magazine)


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