The National Pet Food Commission (NPFC) recently made its recommendations to the Pet Food Institute.
The NPFC was established by the PFI in April 2007 to review the pet food recalls of 2007. The commission included experts in nutrition, toxicology, veterinary medicine, and quality control.
Here are some of the recommendations that NPFC made to the Pet Food Institute:
- Develop a model product safety/quality assurance program, based upon industry best practices, that addresses ingredient sourcing and receiving, product manufacturing, labeling, and distribution of commercial pet food.
- Expand existing educational and training initiatives concerning ingredient procurement, with an emphasis on developing a risk-based approach for ingredients sourced from all suppliers, both international and domestic.
- Explore mechanisms to communicate identities of recalled products to consumers via various methods in addition to the Internet.
- Work with retailers and FDA-CVM to develop more efficient methods to remove recalled pet food products from sale.
- Develop a model emergency response plan for the commercial pet food industry.
Here are some of the recommendations that NPFC made to pet food manufacturers:
- Update existing company specific quality assurance programs to incorporate best practices for product safety.
- Reevaluate current sampling and testing protocols using risk-based analysis to evaluate ingredients and finished pet food in an effort to detect adulterants and/or contaminants that may adversely affect product safety using existing and emerging technologies.
- Assure that individual lot and date codes appear on all finished products to facilitate product traceability and recalls.
Here is the full report of recommendations.