This is a friendly (desperate) reminder…Association for Truth in Pet Food needs pet food consumers to renew their membership or join our pet food consumer Association. ATPF is 100% supported by pet food consumers – we depend on you.
Without our Association for Truth in Pet Food (ATPF) I would not be an advisor to the AAFCO Pet Food Committee or the Ingredient Definitions Committee…
AAFCO would not listen to Susan Thixton of TruthaboutPetFood.com; AAFCO told me I was “just a blogger”. Susan Thixton of TruthaboutPetFood.com was denied the opportunity to be an advisor to AAFCO committees (which allows participation in important in-between meeting work). A past president of AAFCO flat out refused to allow me to participate. But…Susan Thixton of Association for Truth in Pet Food couldn’t be denied. Susan Thixton – representing a pet food ‘stakeholder group’ (our association) – was provided a seat at the table for two AAFCO committees. Susan Thixton of ATPF – now – is allowed to participate in important in-between meeting working groups (such as defining human grade and feed grade).
Without ATPF, I would not have been able to be on the web meetings that are currently working to define human grade claims of pet food and working to define feed grade ingredients of pet food…
Right now – because of our consumer association and fellow consumer advocates – a term that has been used in pet food that has never been clearly defined is finally being defined. The terms ‘feed grade’ and ‘suitable for use in animal food’ has been used in state and federal regulations for years, but those terms had NEVER been defined. What is feed grade? Nobody knew, nobody cared. Association for Truth in Pet Food asked FDA and AAFCO – what do these terms mean? What really is ‘feed grade’ and ‘suitable for use in animal food’? Had Susan Thixton of TruthaboutPetFood.com (“just a blogger”) asked, she would have been ignored. Because of ATPF and fellow consumer advocates, regulatory authorities will finally define these commonly used pet food terms.
Without ATPF, we wouldn’t have been provided a meeting (at the last public AAFCO meeting) that put veterinarians Dr. Karen Becker, Dr. Judy Morgan, Dr. Cathy Alinovi, and Dr. Jean Hofve, pet food safety advocates Rodney Habib, and Mollie Morrissette, and independent pet food store representatives Nina Wolf and BC Henschen – face to face with FDA and AAFCO’s Pet Food Committee…
FDA never listened to Susan Thixton of TruthaboutPetFood.com. But FDA does provide Susan Thixton of ATPF a voice. To date, we’ve had two private meetings with FDA (during AAFCO meetings) and have been provided with numerous email and phone conversations.
We would like to have regular meetings with FDA at FDA headquarters in Washington DC (the same thing that the PFI – lobby group for Big Pet Feed – does 4 times a year!). Dr. Bernadette Dunham – head of FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine has never responded to any emails we’ve sent; we want to meet with her face to face. We want her to hear the concerns of consumers and want her to know we are not going away. We also want to go to Congress, go door to door if we have to. We want our representatives in Congress to know the concerns of pet food consumers. We need your support to ever accomplish this.
Right now – your pet food consumer association needs you. We need you to renew your membership or to join. We need you – if possible – to provide monthly support. Right now, we have only two members that provide monthly support (a total of $40 a month – which doesn’t even cover the cost of the Association website each month).
Here’s a benefit to joining…AAFCO tells me that for these in-between meetings (in-between the twice a year public AAFCO meetings – such as the one’s defining human grade and feed grade), I am only allowed to tell the public general information. I am allowed however to share with members of our association more detailed information. And I promise to do better at that on the Association website (sorry – there is only one of me and it is challenging time wise to write out the details, plus a general details post for all pet food consumers). I believe that all pet food consumers deserve to know all the details of these meetings, but for now – we are not allowed. From now on, the details of our in-between meeting work with AAFCO and FDA (as allowed) will be posted on the ATPF website. The next in-between meeting is Tuesday November 10 (next week) and another on November 12.
Another public AAFCO meeting is coming in January. All three of your official consumer advocates – Mollie Morrissette, Dr. Jean Hofve, and myself – need your support to get us to these meetings. For the meeting alone, the fee is $450. The hotel is almost $700. Not including the travel expenses (airfare) and meals.
Mollie, Dr. Hofve and myself work together representing pet food consumers, but we each have to find our own way to support ourselves. Please join ATPF – Click Here, please go to Mollie’s and Dr. Hofve’s websites (Click Here for Mollie’s, Click Here for Dr. Hofve’s) and purchase something or make a donation to help them get to the meeting too. Your pet food consumer association needs you – Mollie and Dr. Hofve needs you.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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