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European pet food industry adopts new guidelines
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FEDIAF updates its publicly available nutritional guidelines every year.

Safety guide incorporates new legal requirements

An improved pet food safety guide and updated nutritional guidelines for cats and dogs have been adopted by the European Pet Food Industry Federation (FEDIAF).

The guidelines were presented and agreed at the European Pet Food Industry Federation’s annual meeting in Manchester (June 2017).

“We are proud having adopted an improved pet food safety guide as well as updated nutritional guidelines for cats and dogs,” said FEDIAF president Marinus Pannevis.

Safety guidance

The FEDIAF safety guide has been updated to incorporate new legal requirements and represents a manual for manufacturers throughout the EU for producing safe products.

It covers all elements of production, from training personnel and using machinery to raw materials and contaminants. Once endorsed by the EU, it will be posted on the FEDIAF website for free download.

Nutritional guidance

FEDIAF updates its publicly available nutritional guidelines every year. Compiled by renowned scientists from European veterinary schools and universities, the guide is a practical tool for producers to achieve the right quantities and balance of nutrients.

It also provides advice on how to conduct product analyses or feeding protocols and on energy requirements.

 

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Veterinary Evidence Student Awards winners revealed

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 The first winners of the RCVS Knowledge Veterinary Evidence Student Awards have been revealed.

Molly Vasanthakumar scooped first prize for her knowledge summary comparing the ecological impact of woven versus disposable drapes. She found that there is not enough evidence that disposable synthetics reduce the risk of surgical site.

Second prize went to Honoria Brown of the University of Cambridge, for her paper: ‘Can hoof wall temperature and digital pulse pressure be used as sensitive non-invasive diagnostic indicators of acute laminitis onset?’

Edinburgh’s Jacqueline Oi Ping Tong won third prize for critically appraising the evidence for whether a daily probiotic improved clinical outcomes in dogs with idiopathic diarrhoea. The papers have all achieved publication in RCVS Knowledge’s peer-reviewed journal, Veterinary Evidence.  

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Animal Welfare Foundation seeks new trustees

The Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) seeks three new trustees to help drive the charity’s mission to improve animal welfare through veterinary science, education and debate.

Veterinary and animal welfare professionals from across the UK may apply, particularly those with experience in equine and small animal practice and research management. Trustees must attend at least two meetings a year, as well as the annual AWF Discussion Forum in London.

For more information about the role, visit www.animalwelfarefoundation.org.uk. Applications close at midnight on 13 August 2019.