April 23, 2013








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Industry News You Can Use

FDA TO BEGIN TESTING PET FOODS, TREATS and PET SUPPLEMENTS FOR SALMONELLA

Recalls


Member Benefits Unleashed

Export Advocacy Webcast: APPA’s Newest Export Opportunity!

APPA’s Referral Network Can Help Generate New Business Opportunities


In the Media

A Virtual Pack, to Study Canine Minds

Animal Chiropractors Offer Pet Care Alternative

Fido Goes Organic as Private Equity Eyes Pricey Pet Food

Animal Attraction: Dogs get far more veterinary care than other pets in U.S

As Florida Bill Looks To Aid Feral Cats, Opponents Claw Back

Petco Foundation to Honor Lily Tomlin for Her Commitment to Animals at 2013 Hope Gala May 18

Update on Multistate Outbreak of Human Salmonella Typhimurium Infections Linked to Hedgehogs

National Geographic Wild to Show Spoiled Rotten Pets

Bacteria On Dog Lovers' Skin Reveal Their Affection

Conn. considers court advocates for animals


Survey Says!...

The Most Popular Type of Food Bowl for Dogs is a “Single Bowl”


Industry News You Can Use:

FDA TO BEGIN TESTING PET FOODS, TREATS and PET SUPPLEMENTS FOR SALMONELLA

On March 22nd, the Director of the FDA’s Office of Surveillance and Compliance issued a memorandum announcing that the FDA will undertake a “Nationwide Assignment to Collect and Analyze Samples of Pet Food, Pet Treats and Nutritional Supplements ... for Salmonella.” FDA is instructing its Districts to collect and analyze 300 official samples of pet foods, treats and pet nutritional supplements for Salmonella.

The 300 investigational samples will be collected from domestic products. It does not cover imported products in either import status or domestic imports. Nor does it cover canned pet food. The samples can be collected at the manufacturer, distributor, wholesaler or retailer where food, treats or supplements are manufactured, held, or offered for sale. Each district is to collect six official and six investigational samples from non-canned pet foods. FDA intends to sample foods intended for ALL PETS. They will collect five official and five investigational samples from pet treats; and, three official and investigational samples from vitamins, minerals and/or other nutritional supplements.

The Center for Veterinary Medicine intends to support advisory/regulatory action against pet foods, pet treats and pet nutritional supplements if they are found to be contaminated with Salmonella. The sampling will continue until September 30, 2013.

(FDA)

 

Recalls

Natura Pet Expands Voluntary Recall of Dry Pet Foods Due to Possible Health Risk.

Natura Pet Products is voluntarily expanding its March 29, 2013 recall of dry pet foods because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. (FDA)

Merit Bird Company, LLS Recalls Vitae Because of Possible Health Risk

Merit Bird Company, LLC of Chatsworth, California is recalling the following items with lot codes; Vitae Cockatiel with Sunflower 2lbs, (#2840081), Vitae Cockatiel with Sunflower 4lbs, (#2840090), Vitae Small Hookbill 4lbs, (#2840225), Vitae Small Hookbill 20lbs, (#2840234), Vitae Hookbill with Sunflower 4lbs, (#2840252), Vitae Large Hookbill 4lbs, (#2840279) shipped between May 2012 to February 2013, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

(FDA)

 

Member Benefits Unleashed:

Export Advocacy Webcast: APPA’s Newest Export Opportunity!

Date: May 16, 2013

Presented by: Neil Lenok, Managing Director, AmericanRiver International

APPA’s new Export Advocacy Program chronicles the real-life export experiences of two APPA members to help you build and implement your own export strategy!

This export model features tools for both supply and food/treat manufacturers including:

  • Assessing Export Readiness
  • Product Feasibility
  • Market Evaluation
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Buyer/Distributor/Agent Development (Qualification and Contact)
  • Sales and Contract Negotiation
  • License, Certification, Documentation Assistance
  • Freight, Logistics and Accounts Receivable Assistance
  • + Much More

Through this educational program, participant experiences and results will be shared with APPA members via:

  • Blogs and Social Media Platforms
  • APPA E-Update Articles
  • Dedicated Webcast Series

This seminar walks you through complete program details. Join us to find out how you can take advantage of these educational tools and how to become one of APPA's Featured Exporters!

Click here to register.

 

APPA’s Referral Network Can Help Generate New Business Opportunities

The APPA Referral Network is an excellent online resource that can connect you with potential partners and generate numerous business opportunities and sales leads for your company. Conveniently located on the APPA website, the Referral Network acts as a gateway for members and non-members alike to introduce innovative ideas, new products and business opportunities. Posting on the Referral Network is free for APPA members and $50 for 3 months for non-members. For more information about the APPA Referral Network, click here.

 

In the Media:

A Virtual Pack, to Study Canine Minds

To explore dog cognition, Dr Brian Hare set up the Duke Canine Cognition Center in 2009. He and his colleagues built a network of 1,000 dog owners willing to bring in their pets for tests. Dr. Hare, an associate professor at Duke, has continued to probe the canine mind, but his research has been constrained by the number of dogs he can study. Now he hopes to expand his research geometrically — with the help of dog owners around the world. He is the chief scientific officer of a new company called Dognition, which produces a Web site where people can test their dog’s cognition, learn about their pets and, Dr. Hare hopes, supply him and his colleagues with scientific data on tens of thousands of dogs. From his previous research, Dr. Hare has argued that dogs evolved their extraordinary social intelligence once their ancestors began lingering around early human settlements. As he and his wife, Vanessa Woods, explain in their new book, “The Genius of Dogs,” natural selection favored the dogs that did a better job of figuring out the intentions of humans.

(NY Times)

 

Animal Chiropractors Offer Pet Care Alternative

Thirty years ago, Dr. Gene Giggleman was a veterinarian who thought chiropractors were quacks. Since then, he says he's straightened out thousands of dogs and cats, not to mention the occasional snake, hamster, gerbil and guinea pig. The vets say any human or animal with a spine-related problem can benefit from a chiropractic adjustment. The American Veterinary Chiropractic Association has certified more than 1,000 veterinarians or chiropractors since 1989, said Leslie Means, the association's executive director. The group has 560 active members, and they must regain certification every three years.

(New York Times)

 

Fido Goes Organic as Private Equity Eyes Pricey Pet Food

While fancy dog food has been mostly a luxury item for almost a decade, the trend has picked up considerable steam as the economy recovered from the financial crisis. “It’s really capitalizing on the trend of health and wellness,” said Josh Goldin, a managing partner at Alliance Consumer Growth LLC in New York, a private-equity firm seeking high-growth consumer brands that invested in Kriser’s last year.

(Bloomberg)

 

Animal Attraction: Dogs get far more veterinary care than other pets in U.S

It’s good to be a dog. Not only are dogs America’s favorite pet, but dogs receive better veterinary care than their four-legged peers, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) 2012 U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook.

The Sourcebook, a survey of Americans about their pets conducted every five years, indicates that between 2006 and 2011, veterinary visits for dogs increased by 9.2 percent, while the number of veterinary visits for cats decreased by 4.4 percent.

(KHOU)

 

As Florida Bill Looks To Aid Feral Cats, Opponents Claw Back

In Florida, one of the hottest issues to come before the Legislature this term involves cats. Lawmakers are considering a bill that would offer legal protection to groups that trap, neuter and return feral cats to their colonies. The bill before Florida's Senate, brought forward by community cat groups, would protect and promote trap-neuter-return programs by removing an obstacle that the groups say has halted these programs in some areas: a state law against abandoning cats.

(NPR)

 

Petco Foundation to Honor Lily Tomlin for Her Commitment to Animals at 2013 Hope Gala May 18

Each year, the Petco Foundation gala recognizes individuals or groups who share the foundation's mission to improve the quality of life for pets and the people who love and need them. This year, Ms. Tomlin will receive the Petco Foundation's Hope Award, which celebrates the spirit of hope through a life dedicated to promoting the human-animal bond. Past recipients of the annual Hope Award include Ellen DeGeneres and Betty White.

(Yahoo)

 

Update on Multistate Outbreak of Human Salmonella Typhimurium Infections Linked to Hedgehogs

A total of 23 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium have been reported from 9 states. Since the last update, 3 new cases have been reported from Idaho and Ohio. Nineteen (86%) of 22 ill persons interviewed reported contact with pet hedgehogs or their environments before becoming ill. Investigations are ongoing to determine the type and source of hedgehogs that might be linked with illness.

(CDC)

 

National Geographic Wild to Show Spoiled Rotten Pets

Every dog has its day, and for Afghan pooch Aiden, today is for dancing lessons while cats Lucky and Missy are legally guaranteed their nightly shrimp dinners according to their owner's last testament. These are just a few of the "Spoiled Rotten Pets," a new television series that dives into the world of fawning pet owners who outfit rats in formal wear and pamper Burmese pythons like princes. The series, which will debut on U.S. cable network Nat Geo Wild on Saturday, follows host Beth Stern as she meets devoted pet owners who go above and beyond spoiling their pets - a venture the network's chief, Geoff Daniels, said was not so hard to find.

(Reuters)

 

Bacteria On Dog Lovers' Skin Reveal Their Affection

Humans who share their homes with canines also share the similar bacterial houseguests on their skin, ecologists reported Tuesday in the journal eLIFE. In fact, two dog owners who don't even know each other have about as many of the skin bacteria in common as a married couple living together. The signature doggie blend is a mixture of harmless bacteria from their tongues and paws, the report finds. Microbial sharing from pooch to person occurs primarily through two routes: tongue to skin and paw to skin. That's right, dog owners have bacteria from Fido's tongue and paws flourishing all over their bodies.

(NPR)

 

Conn. considers court advocates for animals

The Connecticut legislature is considering introducing the notion of animal advocates to its court system after Rhode Island made a similar move last year. State lawmakers have discussed making them available in pet custody disputes as well as in animal abuse cases.

That prospect has animal rights supporters across the country optimistic that the practice could catch on. They say it reflects not only an attempt to reduce animals' suffering but also a growing recognition that humans' welfare is intimately linked to that of animals.

(San Francisco Chronicle)

 

Survey Says!...:

The Most Popular Type of Food Bowl for Dogs is a “Single Bowl”

While virtually all dog owners (92%) own a food bowl for their pet, the most popular bowl owned is still a single bowl preferred by 61% of dog owners. Two-out-of-ten have a two-sided or double diner bowl, and one-in-ten have a raised bowl. Four percent have an automated/timed dispenser bowl, mostly for small and medium dogs. Eating on-the-go is popular for dogs too! Seven percent have a bowl for their car and 5% have a collapsible bowl.

For more information about this subject, go to page 111 in the 2011-2012 APPA National Pet Owners Survey. Visit us on Facebook and let us know what kind of bowl you prefer your dog to dine on!


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