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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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New app to improve street dog welfare

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 A new free app will support vital work in clinics caring for stray dogs around the world, experts say. Created by the University of Edinburgh, the tool allows vets to track the wellbeing of dogs going through catch-neuter-return schemes, which are common in countries with large numbers of strays.

Vets say the welfare of individual dogs can be overlooked during the process of capture, transport or surgery. The app, piloted across Asia and Africa, helps staff to monitor welfare, spot signs of distress and develop strategies to improve care. It was launched at BSAVA Congress on Friday 6 April.  

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