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PetFood and COVID-19

Impact of COVID-19 on pet food production and sales.

Pet food manufacturers, grocery stores and pet shops are part of the critical infrastructure. Pet owners therefore do not have to fear supply shortages. But what can be determined?

  • The number of planned new pet food products has decreased. Manufacturers are focusing their resources more on internal processes as a result of the pandemic.
  • Online portals are gaining popularity for buying pet food. Retailers and trade chains are expanding their online services and have developed new sales concepts.

"Sustainability poses new challenges also for pet food manufacturers"

The growing awareness of the population on issues of sustainability and climate protection is increasingly influencing the perception of pet food. Aspects such as certificates of origin and supply chains of animal production, organic animal husbandry instead of factory farming, more vegan feed ingredients, compostable cat litter or reusable, recyclable packaging are discussed in pet forums. FEDIAF has also taken up the issue and appeals to its members that it is their joint responsibility to maintain the delicate balance between the needs of the population and the need to protect the natural environment from irreversible damage.

Law: Legislative amendments on animal feed

Project to revise mycotoxins in feed - Stakeholder consultation of the EU Commission

According to the Food Association, it has been announced that the previous guideline values for mycotoxins in feed are to be revised. Maximum levels based on toxicological reference points (here NOAEL/LOAEL) in compound feed are discussed. In addition to those already listed, new guideline values are to be introduced for other straight feeding stuffs in accordance with the ALARA principle (as low as reasonably achievable). Art. 6 of Directive 2002/32/EC is to continue to be applied to complementary feeds. This states that in the absence of special provisions, the content of a mycotoxin in a daily ration of the supplementary feed may not be higher than the content of that mycotoxin in a compound feed.

Changes to dietetic feed and the Feed Regulation

On 25 December 2020, Regulation (EU) No 2020/354 establishing a list of intended uses of feed for particular nutritional purposes came into force as directly applicable law. This repeals the old Directive 2008/38/EC. The new Feed Regulation also contains a regulation on administrative offences with regard to certain infringements of Regulation (EU) 2020/354 for situations that occurred after 25.12.2020.

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