U.S. pet food makers provide more than 20,000 jobs in facilities across the United States and are strong economic drivers for local communities. Part of this contribution is a result of the ability to offer safe, high-quality dog and cat food to pet lovers around the world. In 2015, global sales of pet food reached approximately $1.3 billion.
Creating new markets enables our members to keep and grow good jobs here in the United States. This is why we advocate for U.S. government policies that promote free and open markets. PFI supports initiatives such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) which offers greater opportunities for our members in countries like Canada, Chile, Japan, Peru and Vietnam. We also strongly support U.S. efforts to promote science as the basis for regulations related to food safety and animal health.
PFI’s members are committed to providing safe and wholesome pet food, both in the United States and abroad. In 2014, we partnered with like-minded pet food trade associations around the world to form the Global Alliance of Pet Food Associations (GAPFA) to promote the trade of safe pet food products.
GAPFA members recognize that collaboration and shared knowledge can benefit pet food makers, pet lovers and, of course, the dogs and cats we feed. GAPFA’s members share information on product safety, nutrition and trade, all with the goal of providing consumer choice that allows pet lovers to select the most appropriate food for their cat’s or dog’s nutritional needs.
For more information on what GAPFA is doing to promote worldwide access to safe pet foods, visit their website at www.gapfa.org.
Since 1993, PFI has sponsored export promotion activities by participating in USDA’s Market Access Program, a grant program administered by the USDA that helps U.S. producers to promote U.S. agricultural commodities and products worldwide. Grants given for this program are matched on a percentage bases by the executing organizations and the industry as a whole. The PFI Market Access Program helps to educate pet lovers about the importance of nutrition for cats and dogs.
The PFI Market Access Program is currently active in 8 markets:
For more information on USDA’s Market Access Program, visit http://www.fas.usda.gov/.
As the global market opens, product safety remains a top priority. Through the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) seeks to maintain and improve the safety of imported foods, including pet foods and their ingredients. Pursuant to the FSVP final rule, importers must evaluate multiple safety factors, such as the foreign suppliers’ food safety history and any supplier providing raw or ingredient material. Verification activities can include on-site audits of facilities, sampling and testing, and a review of the supplier’s food safety records. For more information on FSMA, including its requirements for imported foods, click here.