Topic at IPPE Conference: Safeguarding a Growing Pet Food Industry

Todd Renner (left), supervisory special agent at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Hoffman (right) speaking on cybersecurity at the 2022 AFIA Pet Food Conference. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association

Atlanta, GA — The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) wrapped up its 15th annual Pet Food Conference (PFC) Tuesday (Jan. 25), informing nearly 300 pet food professionals of the latest news within this growing industry and providing tips for how to face upcoming challenges.

The daylong conference also included the announcement of two Friend of Pet Food Award winners.

“Our industry changes and presents new challenges and opportunities by the second — from the discovery of novel ingredients like green banana flour to the trickle-down effects of a Mexico genetically modified organism ban,” said Louise Calderwood, AFIA’s director of regulatory affairs.

“Staying ahead of these issues is key to a prosperous and evolving pet food industry.”

The sessions covered the regulatory and trade outlook for the U.S. pet food sector; the importance of cybersecurity and ransomware in the pet food industry; the latest updates on pet food nutrition and labeling from the Association of American Feed Control Officials; challenges and opportunities of human-grade pet food labeling; and human resource issues within companies.

In addition, participants learned about emerging issues in the pet food industry from current graduate and undergraduate students.

“With food and ag representing one-sixth of the U.S. economy, these hackers know where the money is,” said Col. John Hoffman, senior research fellow at the Food Protection and Defense Institute in the University of Minnesota, St. Paul.

“Why risk your life robbing a bank when you can rob a company?

"This is the world we live in now.”

The AFIA thanks its platinum sponsor ADM; gold sponsors Alltech, Kemin Animal Nutrition, and Trouw Nutrition; silver sponsors Darling Ingredients, DSM, The Poultry Protein & Fat Council, WellPet, and Zinpro Performance Minerals; and media sponsors Pet Food Industry and Pet Food Processing.

The 2023 AFIA Pet Food Conference will take place Jan. 24, 2023, in Atlanta, GA.

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The Pet Food Conference is held in conjunction with the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) a collaboration of three shows — International Feed Expo, International Meat Expo, and the International Poultry Expo — representing the entire chain of protein production and processing.

That event, which continues through Thursday (Jan. 27) is sponsored by the AFIA, North American Meat Institute (NAMI), and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY).

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