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More Consumer Advocates to attend AAFCO Meeting


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  1. Hope Williams

    Absolutely fabulous! Will you be forming a coalition or attending as individuals?

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      No coalition needed – we are all on the same page. I represent consumers through our consumer association – and have advisory position on two committees (Pet Food Committee and Ingredient Definitions Committee). Dr. Hofve has advisory position on the same two committees but through a different stakeholder group. Dr. Alinovi has been attending for the last several years to add another voice for consumers. Dr. Becker and Rodney will be there as a voice for consumers too.

      To get an advisory position on committees isn’t easy (at least it wasn’t easy for me). AAFCO requires you to represent an association or stakeholder group. So for any others to get those positions (and we need them) they would need to be representing a particular association or official stakeholder group. But – they will be welcome to make any comment on any topic discussed. You don’t need to be an adviser to speak up. Last summer, Dr. Alinovi and Dr. Chavez (of Just Food for Dogs) spoke out against a supplement ingredient up for discussion. AAFCO ignored all complaints about the ingredient – but we all got to have our say.

  2. Ann*

    This is fantastic news and to have such experienced folks involved makes it even better! I am glad that your voice is now one of several.

  3. Nina Wolf

    TERRIFIC NEWS! YAY! I keep working on gathering enough $$ to join you too. But these two are heavy hitters, and will be such an asset! One more step closer to safe food and consumer protection.

  4. Kathryn

    wonderful news –

  5. Cheryl

    Wow, great news. Thank you for all your hard work!

  6. Laura

    I could’ve sworn I read somewhere that Mollie Morrissette went at least once. Did she?

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      Yes Mollie certainly did. She attended the meeting in New Orleans I believe January 2014 – and she has attended via conference call as she also holds advisory position to the two committees.

  7. T Allen

    Excellent! Please thank them for us!

  8. Woofielover

    So, we’ve gotten to the big guns now! Can’t wait to hear how this turns out! I hope you’re going with, Susan! The 3 best animal and consumer advocates will not be ignored! Any chance we can get it video’d so we can see the action?

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      AAFCO will not allow any type of recording during the meetings – not even pictures.

  9. Michelle

    Awesome news! Thank you to all of you for all you do to help educate us to so we can care for our fur babies!

  10. Mare

    This is Awesome! Just Awesome! You must be over the moon!

  11. Terri Janson

    🙂 🙂 I’m SO glad!!! Wonderful!!!

  12. Ginny

    Susan, I know you have to come up with your own travel expenses, and since you attend AAFCO meetings on behalf of all pet parents, I hope commenters and all those who benefit from your tireless efforts to protect their fur kids will donate to you to help with your travel expenses. Can you suggest a way we can do that?

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      Thank you so much Ginny! I will be putting a donate button up within the next few days – but in the meantime if you want donations can be sent to my PayPal account (send to email Susan – at – Again – thank you so much for your comment and kind thoughts. It costs about $1500 to attend each AAFCO meeting (air fare, hotel and admission) – so any donation for this would be very much appreciated.

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