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Notes from AAFCO Pet Food Committee Meeting January 2016

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  1. Lori C.

    Thank you for all you do, Susan! I hope we’ll see some real change soon.

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      We missed you Mollie! You take care of you – get better – and we’ll all be there in August.

      1. Mollie Morrissette

        I’ll be there if they have to wheel me in and I just need to start fundraising much earlier this time!

        Bless you both for the incredible progress you’ve made at AAFCO! The fact that human-grade definition and the feed grade definition got passed in less than 6 months is monumental.

        I am so proud of you two – I could just pop!

        When it passed – I got chills and goose bumps – change – real change is possible during our lifetimes.

  2. Lynn Felici-Gallant

    Thank you for your tireless efforts on pets’ behalf. It’s refreshing to know folks at these AAFCO meetings and elsewhere are listening.

  3. suzanne hartwigsen

    Thank you from me, my dog and thousands of pet owners that care about what is in their pet’s food.

  4. Susan Thixton Author

    And my thanks go out to all pet food consumers – we are gaining ground not just because we go to these meetings. We are gaining ground because consumers are posting comments – I took AAFCO and FDA 17 or 18 pages of consumer comments in August. And I presented more of your information at this meeting. Your comments are being heard. You guys out there are just as much a part of these small victories as us – we are doing this together.

  5. Anthony Hepton

    Susan, I wonder if the Purina representative was agreeing with you regarding the hundreds of thousands of pets being sickened or dying from their food. It would be even better if they agreed to share some of those numbers rather than consistently denying there is a problem.

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      I’m sure he doesn’t agree with me/us on Beneful (or other Purina products made from feed grade materials). Me and my bad attitude feels like he was trying to score points.

  6. Denise

    Terrific summary. You have more patience and diplomacy in the heat of discussion than I would have. Keep up the good work!

  7. Susan Weyrauch

    Thank you, Susan. Your fortitude and persistence seem to be generating a culture change in AAFCO.

  8. Karrie Kamke

    Susan, I can’t thank you enough for everything you do in the interest of our pet children. You have my utmost respect and admiration. It sounds like there is every reason to be hopeful.

  9. Terri Janson

    All I can say is 🙂 🙂 🙂 THANK YOU!!!

  10. Trouble

    Sooo, accidentally posted this question on the wrong article that I had open.. lol. But, are regular consumers allowed to attend AAFCO meetings? Like… if I wanted to go to one, would I be able to? Just listen/watch, educate myself, etc. Or even share the two cents of a consumer and pet owner, if able to do so? 🙂

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      Yes – anyone and everyone is allowed to attend AAFCO meetings and you would be provided with opportunity to share your two cents as a consumer. The next AAFCO meeting is in Pittsburgh, PA late July/early August. Just as warning, meetings are expensive. Admission is around $450.00 – hotel is always more than $100 a night. But yes you and anyone can attend and participate.

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