Pet Food Institute’s 50th Annual Meeting

The Pet Food Institute will be holding their 50th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. at the Omni Shoreham Hotel from October 15-16, 2007.

Of course, some of our favorite people will be attending (insert heavy sarcasm): Duane Ekedahl, President of the Pet Food Institute, and Dr. Stephen Sundlof of the FDA.

The keynote speech is entitled “Reaper to Satellite: 50 Years of Enormous Change”. Among some other events at the conference will be: “A Look to the Future”, a panel of Allied Association Leaders; export training workshop, and most importantly, PFI’s 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Congratulations Pet Food Institute on all of your hard work. You deserve a big celebration.

If you would like to contact the PFI, you can email them at

Source: Pet Food Institute

(Thanks 5CatMom)

17 Responses to “Pet Food Institute’s 50th Annual Meeting”

  1. 2CatMom says:

    Can the public attend?

  2. Jenny Bark says:

    Are they going to eat food from China on lead plates?

  3. Stefani says:

    I live in the area.

    Can’t get away during the day, but I can in the evenings.

    Protest, anyone?

    The Toonces Project
    “Is Your Pet Safe at the Vet?”

  4. Don Earl says:

    Well, it’s nice to know that while the FDA doesn’t have the resources to inspect pet food factories, they can at least afford junkets to pet food lobbying events.

    Nothing like seeing our tax dollars hard at work.

  5. Ruth says:

    “The keynote speech is entitled “Reaper to Satellite: 50 Years of Enormous Change”.

    IMO: It should be entitled: “Grim Reaper” a.k.a. PFI to Satellite” months of killing pets” instead of 50 years of enormous change.

    “Among some other events at the conference will be: “A Look to the Future”, should be more like “A Look to the Future without our beloved pets.”

    “Congratulations Pet Food Institute on all of your hard work. You deserve a big celebration.” Thanks for not caring in the products you make and making our pets sick and many dying……….a much deserved thanks for the hard work you have done. ( sarcasm…….)

  6. straybaby says:

    “A Look to the Future”

    ah yes, a discussion on how to add more waste product to pet food. oh wait, make that “co-products”. up next, a fun new conference game called “Name the New Co-Products to Deceive the Unsuspecting Consumers”"

  7. Katie says:

    Congratulations to the PFI, celebrating 50 yrs of turning our pets into walking landfills. PFI: feeding our pets foods that make them sick, cause high vet bills, short life spans; and in the case of this past year - food that has killed hundreds. Can’t even begin to imagine what you plan to produce for the future.

    Don, maybe the FDA found a windfall among the lobbyists who are paying their way. Greasing the palms, so to speak.


  8. 5CatMom says:

    The Pet Food Institute, the “voice of the pet food industry”, is responsible for the Pet Food Recall of 2007.

    Lobbying activities by the PFI and unethical business practices by member pet food companies led to the death and suffering of thousands of pets and contamination of the human food supply.

    Christie Keith (contributing editor for Universal Press Syndicate’s Pet Connection) writes, “It may turn out that our dogs and cats were the canaries in the coal mine of an enormous system failure — one that could have profound impacts on American food manufacturing and safety in the years to come.”

  9. Trudy Jackson says:

    Thanks PFI, for ruining My pets lives and Mine, as well as thousands of others. You should be proud of yourself.
    We will suffer the losses for the rest of our lives and pay the bills that go with it.
    Can you bring our pets back, pay the bills, make us feel better? I didn’t think so.
    You have changed our lives FOREVER!

  10. Nora and Rufus says:

    Stray Baby….That link you provided and the statements in there show what a complete farce the Pet Food Industry is and what scam artists the chemists and CEO’s are. What is told in that article makes my hair stand on end and CONFIRMS for me that NOTHING in commercial pet food, no matter what it says on the label is good and how truly dangerous and detrimental feeding it to our pets can be. Thank you so much for forwarding that link. I will also be sending it to many friends from Iowa to Texas and a few places in between! Stefani, if I wasn’t land locked here in Iowa right now, I would stand beside you and protest loudly. I will do it in my own way here by enlightening as many pet owners as I can reach across the U.S.A.

  11. Sharon says:

    It makes me sick that my tax dollars are paying for George Bush’s buddy to attend this fiasco. He should have been fired months ago. Is there a way to deluge the hotel with all the recalled pet food we have in our possession? Is there a way to make George Bush pay for killing our pets? He is personally responsible. A man without a conscience that will deny 4 million children health insurance, send our friends and family to die in a war that is making his already rich friends including Cheney richer, commit genocide against the poor and black people of New Orleans, and prevent the State of Texas from executing a Mexican illegal who gang raped and murdered two young girls. Our pets and our children will continue to be at risk for death as long as that man is in the White House.

  12. Sandi says:

    I, still to do this day, am so mad and upset about the way Duane Ekedahl was allowed to treat pet owners during and after the recall. (Its not the only thing Im mad about but one of them). Our cat eats poison Nutro and then dies and then we read his statement about pet owners being hysterical. Your darn right I was hysterical, it killed my cat and could have been prevented. Duane, you werent there to see her vomiting her guts out for 3 months, then yowl in pain at the end, go into seizures, a coma and then die. Why in the world is a man like that allowed to be in charge of PFI? I would love to see all of us sign a petition requesting he step down as President of PFI, not that it would make me feel much better about PFI but it would get rid of one of the problems there. This company is supposed to represent pets and the pet food they eat so subsequently you would think he would take more of a stand on protection of pets and safety of pet food. And guess what Duane? People take care of pets so you would think you wouldnt want to label owners as hysterical when their pets die because of lack of protection in place that you could have helped prevent. On top of his snarky statement about pet owners and his lobbying in front of Congress for no additional safety guidelines, he issued no apology nor showed any sympathy or compassion for what people and pets were going thru. He doesnt deserve to keep his job.

    Itchmo, is there any way we can have an on-line petition that we as Itchmo readers can sign and then send to them during their PFI meeting on 10-15 or if we cant send it to them, we can have it posted in the D.C. paper during those 2 days? I would be willing to fork over money for that. I think it would be one of the biggest messages we as pet owners could send.

  13. Stefani says:

    A petition is an excellent idea. Has anyone started one? I volunteer to deliver it in person.


  14. Sandi says:

    Stefani, no, a petition has not been started that I know of. I have no idea how one would start an on-line petition. I wish Itchmo could set one up as it would get a lot more signatures and quickly as the PFI’s meeting is right around the corner.

  15. Cathy says:

    The fact is - the PFI has moved on. They tell everyone that they have learned from what happened, but it’s history to them. Have they made any statements in MONTHS about what happened - NO. They are acting like it’s old news. It will be six months on Thursday since my dog died and I still cry every day. I still feel guilty - why don’t they? They could have prevented so many deaths and illnesses if they had been forthcoming with information. I’m convinced that the people in this industry have no conscience. The local pet food store owner - Concord Pets in Wilmington, Delaware - did not even have the courtesy to reply to my letter. What the heck do they care, the money is still flowing. Most pet owners who weren’t affected are still feeding that crap to their pets.

    Someone asked if the public is welcome - Hell, No, it’s not. I’ll bet most of those creeps have 24 hour bodyguards. For those of you who want to protest - there will be so much security at that meeting, you wouldn’t be able to get anywhere near. and unless you can get the press to acknowledge your presence, you’re wasting your time. You know how helpful the press has been - NOT. Advertising dollars are worth more than the truth.

    I’ll just jump off my soapbox now.

  16. Anonymous says:

    A few items of interest:

    Wanna tell them what you think? You can email comments until Oct. 15.


    Food and Drug Administration

    Science Board to the Food and Drug Administration; Notice of

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice.

    “Agenda: The Science Board will hear about and discuss the agency’s
    critical path program. The Science Board will hear about and discuss
    updates on the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System
    (NARMS) Program and activities related to melamine from the March 31,
    2006, and June 14, 2007, Science Board meetings.”

    October 3, 2007

    October 2007 Update on Feed Enforcement Activities to Limit the Spread of BSE

  17. Sandi says:

    Cathy, I agree. They were acting like it was old news when the recall first happened. They acted darn fast in covering it up and making it go away. Its too bad they didnt choose to act that fast while pets were dying.

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