For anyone that is considering attending the AAFCO meeting in January, here are the details…
The January AAFCO meeting will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana January 8th through 10th (2014). The cost to attend the meeting is $415.00 ($440 after 12/9/13). Should you wish to purchase a 2014 AAFCO Official Publication (basically the rule book of pet food) the cost is an additional $100 ($108 for spiral bound).
The meetings are being held at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. Reservations made through the AAFCO website – room rate is $135.00 per night.
Click here to view the Draft Agenda of the January meeting. (Note: Public portion of the meeting begins on Wednesday January 8).
Click here to view the AAFCO website for registration and hotel reservations.
I understand that attending these meetings are expensive and to be honest, they aren’t a great deal of fun. However, we (the consumer voice) need a stronger presence at AAFCO. We need pet food consumers, independent pet store owners, groomers, trainers, and veterinarians to become part of the AAFCO meeting process. The future of pet food will only change if we are involved and push the change.
I firmly believe most pet food regulators aren’t deaf ogres…many will listen if our persistent voice is heard. Remember, from the beginning of commercial pet food there has been only a small handful of voices (directly to regulatory authorities) speaking for the pets and the pet food consumers. The largest voice(s) regulatory authorities have heard from the very beginning of pet food is industry and those that represent industry (lobby groups). This needs to change.
Should you be able to attend, please contact me so that we can plan to meet. Hope to see you there.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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