The GAPFA Technical Congress participants were presented with an overview of pet food regulation in Japan, including insights into the Japanese experience with PARNUTs pet food. In addition, the participants welcomed Dr. Kinzang Dukpa, the speaker from the OIE Regional Representation for Asia and the Pacific presenting the role of OIE as global standard setting organization. Finally, a speaker from Euromonitor, Sean Kreidler, highlighted the pet food market situation and opportunities in Asia Pacific.
GAPFA member associations presented their country/regional reports about their current and future activities and emerging issues.
GAPFA achievements in 2018 include:
The following GAPFA Officers were elected by the GAPFA General Assembly to serve a 1-year term renewable: Dave Corley (Nestlé Purina PetCare) as GAPFA President, Robert Kaczmarek (FEDIAF) as GAPFA Vice-President for Member Associations, and Carlos Gonzalez (Hill’s Pet Nutrition) as GAPFA Vice-President for Member Companies.
Also, the General Assembly appointed the following Workstream Chairs: Thomas Brenten (FEDIAF) and Lisa Conboy (Nestlé Purina PetCare) as Nutrition WS Chairs, Jim Barritt (PFI US) and Fausto Fiorini (ABINPET) as Food Safety & Trade Facilitation WS Chairs, and Robert Kaczmarek (Mars Petcare) and Bill Salzman (Nestlé Purina PetCare) as Communications WS Chairs.
The General Assembly unanimously agreed to the application from the Argentina Chamber of Animal Nutrition Companies (CAENA) to join GAPFA as an Association Member from 1st January 2019.