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The importance of these updates rests on the significance of the Guidelines, which Raquel Izquierdo De Santiago, FEDIAF Secretary-General, defined as “the go-to source helping manufacturers in their mission to provide safe, palatable and nutritious food for pets”.
To provide state of the art recommendation, FEDIAF works with the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), which comprises independent and renowned scientists from European academia and consultancy. After the FEDIAF Nutrition Working Group and the SAB coordinated efforts, the 2021 version contains numerous updates reflecting the latest scientific nutritional studies on pet food. As Thomas Brenten, chair of the Nutrition Working Group, explains, “based on the review on the recent nutritional scientific literature, several updates were made, which include phosphorus and an updated calculation for energy requirements for puppies.”
The complete version of the “Nutritional Guidelines: For Complete and Complementary Pet Food for Cats and Dogs” can be downloaded HERE.
FEDIAF represents the European pet food industry with around 200 production sites. It is an umbrella organization of national pet food industry associations plus direct company members. FEDIAF’s mission is to be the credible and responsible voice of the European pet food industry collaborating with authorities, regulators and academics for achieving favourable conditions for the supply of safe, nutritious and palatable products to pets and their owners. Based in Brussels, FEDIAF is fully committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, to the wellbeing of pet animals, to their important social role and to the respect of sustainable development.www.fediaf.org