Nancy Cook, vice president of Pet Food Institute, spoke at the recently held Meat Industry Research Conference in Chicago.
Cook said that U.S. legislators who are involved in trade negotiations with China “must walk a tightrope. We can’t insult them. They’re our largest growing supplier of ingredients in the world.”
She also made a statement in reference to Country of Origin Labeling (COOL), “Have we figured out how to put a COOL label on a Hershey bar? It’s about 10 feet long.”
Cook added that pet owners feel confident in the safety and quality of the pet food on the market despite the pet food recalls. She said there was initial panic right after the recalls, but now pet owners have returned to their normal purchasing habits.