Unfortunately I must tell consumers I will not be attending the upcoming AAFCO meeting. There is a security issue that I believe is too big of a risk to attend.
Out of protection for those that will be attending the meeting, no details can be provided. The best I can share with consumers is that multiple parties have been alerted to the potential problem for the upcoming AAFCO meeting – several of us at risk have done our due diligence to make the issue known to those in charge. This is not related to the previous threats I have received – this is a separate issue. This is not anything AAFCO has done, it is not related to AAFCO removing me as an advisor. This is an issue specific to this meeting. I have consulted with numerous professionals (made aware of all the details) and I have been advised it is not safe for me to attend.
While I feel very bad that I will not be present at this meeting – providing a voice for consumers – I feel it is the best/safest decision for all that I am not there. I will be listening to the meeting online and will be providing input if allowed.
The most significant thing that will be discussed at this meeting is the proposal to change the definition of human grade pet food. I have already sent AAFCO a statement on this issue, many consumers have taken action and sent emails and made phone calls to the voting members of the Pet Food Committee. I will also prepare another statement and provide to AAFCO in advance of the Pet Food Committee meeting (what I would have said if I were in attendance) based on the input consumers have shared with me. Many consumers have shared their opinion of the potential change directly with the voting members of the Pet Food Committee – my thanks to all for that.
For any consumer that would like to listen to what AAFCO says about this issue, you can listen to the meeting for free (and perhaps be allowed to make a statement, I’m not sure). The Pet Food Committee meeting will be held Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 3:00 to 5:00 PM, Pacific Time.
To view meeting via WebEx register here: http://fass.webex.com
And/Or to listen to meeting Conference Call Line: US TOLL 1-650-479-3207
Access code: 664 016 138#
My apologies to all. I wish I could tell you more, I wish I could have attended. If you can – say a prayer or send protective energy for the safety of all who attend the meeting. And I do mean “all who attend the meeting” – we might not agree with everything (most) of what regulatory and industry does, but we certainly want them all safe from harm.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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