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Poisoned Pets & Truth About Pet Food attend AAFCO conference; advocate for consumers & safe pet food

I’m heading out to my first Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) conference today! I will be attending this mid-year conference with my dear friend, and colleague, Susan Thixton of Truth About Pet Food.

As co-founders of our consumer group, the Association for Truth in Pet Food, Susan and I represent the largest pet food stakeholder group in the United States.

Together, we represent over 82 million U.S. households that share their homes with pets.

Yet, despite the staggering number of consumers we represent, AAFCO meetings historically are rarely attended by people whose interests solely represent the consumer, and are primarily attended by people representing the pet food and animal feeds industry, along with representatives from every state agriculture division and federal animal feed control officials and veterinary officers from the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Veterinary Medicine.

For the first time in many years, consumers are represented at AAFCO. Our association fought long and hard to be allowed to attend AAFCO meetings, a victory we won in the long battle ahead to bring positive change to the pet food industry. Being officially recognized as a stakeholder group is a huge step forward, one in which allows us to have meaningful dialogue with the people responsible for creating and upholding pet food and animal feed standards and regulations.

It is an honor and a privilege to be the voice for consumers and it is our hope that we can, together, make a difference.

We will keep you posted as the days progress.

And thanks to all of you who have generously supported our work through the years – we couldn’t do it without you!

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Mollie Morrissette

Mollie Morrissette, author of Poisoned Pets, is an animal food safety expert and advisor to AAFCO. Help support her work by making a donation today.

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  1. Thanks for your support! Where is the meeting held at? and how many other consumers were there like you? I try to tell people I know about how bad pet food is but they read the bag and think its ok and if their dog is doing fine they like it, plus they don’t want to spend a lot of money for it either.

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  2. We appreciate all you do for us……..it’s high time that we had a voice at these meetings. Funny but we are the ones who support them & allow them to make huge profits yet they don’t seem to GAS about what we think or feel. Sure glad it’s not me going………they’d drag me out kicking & screaming because I’m not sure I could keep my mouth shut listening to their BS.

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  3. Thank you and Susan for your efforts.

    I can’t tell you how much it means to have a place for consumers, finally represented by genuine advocates who are free of the influence of Big Pet Food propaganda. Here’s hoping you are heard by compassionate, intelligent ears.
    Nutrition which includes food safety is the basis for all of our health and we are the voice for our pets. I wish I could have attended as well. Maybe in Sacramento in July.

    Good Luck, Cathy Bienvenue

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    • Bless you. It is humbling to realize the responsibility we have to the millions of pet parents who are depending on our work with AAFCO to affect positive change in the regulation of pet food. Thanks for your support!

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  4. Good luck, Mollie! Thank you for all you and Susan do. ps. that’s a great photo. :)

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