The organization’s work in developing international standards for animal health, animal welfare and veterinary public health elaborated new recommendations for pet food. These were recently published in Terrestrial Animal Health Code (2021 edition) and accepted by the 182 Members of the OIE.

The publication of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) deals with the rework of OIE standards for pet food. These contain sciene-based recommendations of how to cook dry pet food and of how to close hermetically. The standards, to which Global Alliance of Pet Food Associations (GAPFA) contributed, are set to support global public health.

To the OIE’s Terrestrial Animal Health Code Chapter 10.4., “Infection with high pathogenicity avian influenza viruses,” were added new suggestions that say that extruded dry pet food and heat-treated poultry meat products which are boxed in hermetically sealed packagings can be exported independent of the epidemic status of the exporting country.

In 2017, GAPFA and OIE agreed to work together on setting international standards in pet food safety. Both associations keep partnerships, e.g. with the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) and the Human-Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), with organizations that pursue the same goals such as pet food safety and nutrition, pet wellbeing and the human-animal bond.

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