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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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Big Butterfly Count returns

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 The world's biggest survey of butterflies is back for 2020!

Butterfly Conservation's Big Butterfly Count launches on Friday, 17 July and will run until Sunday 9 August. Members of the public can get involved by downloading the Big Butterfly Count App or recording results on a downloadable sheet available from bigbutterflycount.org/.

'It's a fantastic activity for people from three to 103 years and we'd encourage everyone to take 15 minutes in an appropriate outdoor space during sunny conditions to simply appreciate the nature around them and do their bit to help us understand butterfly populations,' said a Butterfly Conservation spokesperson. 

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New appointment at Dechra

Dechra Veterinary Products Ltd (Dechra) has announced a key appointment to support veterinary professionals across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Karen Hockley has been appointed as a telesales account manager and will provide the latest products, news and developments from Dechra. She joins the company from a large mixed practice in Northern Ireland where she was the branch manager.

Before that, Karen had worked for a multinational veterinary pharmaceutical company as a key account manager for Northern Ireland. She can be contacted at karen.hockley@dechra.com or 087 219 54 30.