2020 AAFCO Pet Food Labeling Workshop

AAFCO Pet Food Labeling Workshop the day after the close of the 2020 Petfood Forum in Kansas City MO
April 30, 2020 (Thursday)
8:00am - 5:00pm

Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown
1301 Wyandotte
Kansas City, MO 64105
1-(816) 474-6664

Registration Information

Registration is now open!

Online Registration

Printable Registration Form

Benefits to Participants

  • Increased productivity within the regulatory department
  • Increased profits to their company through fewer regulatory issues
  • Increased understanding of labeling law and how to interpret it accurately
  • Actions to take before a new pet food product or ingredient is introduced into the marketplace – and where to find this information within AAFCO
  • Increased coordination among internal departments – sales, marketing, product development, regulatory


Useful Information

Each participant receives:

  • 2-week subscription to the AAFCO Online OP with ODI access (if not currently subscribed – starts on April 29)
  • Print copy of the AAFCO Pet Food Labeling Guide
  • Wi-fi in the meeting room
  • Meals and breaks during the workshop

Topics covered in the day-long Workshop

Registration limited to 200 people.
Day of workshop, groups of 50 people will rotate between 4 sessions.

7:30 am

Registration, Continental breakfast, get connected to wi-fi and ODI

8:00 am

Opening remarks and explanation of the workshop format

8:15 am

Tour of the online OP and ODI usage training

8:45 am

Participants separated into their training group for the day

9:00 am

Facilitation of each group's Session 1

  • Labeling fundamentals
  • Ingredients and the Ingredient Statement
  • Food vs. Drug
  • Guarantees, Vitamin/Supplements, Enzymes and Direct Fed Microorganisms (DFM’s)

10:15 am

Break and each group rotates to its next session.

10:30 am

Facilitation of each group's Session 2 (same 4 topics mentioned above are offered)

12:00 pm


1:00 pm

Facilitation of each group's Session 3 (same 4 topics mentioned above are offered)

2:15 pm


2:30 pm

Facilitation of each group's Session 4 (same 4 topics mentioned above are offered)

3:45 pm

Break and groups move to the final group session

4:00 pm

Panel of SME's responds to questions submitted during the day

5:00 pm


Confirmed Subject Matter Experts

Labeling Fundamentals
Caitlin Price (NC)
Jo Lynn Otero (NM)
Barbara-jean Schleicher (MO)
Angele Thompson, Thompson Pet Tec

Ingredients and the Ingredient Statement
Richard Ten Eyck (OR)
Jason Schmidt (LA)
Melanie Marquez (MN)

Food vs. Drug
Bill Burkholder (FDA)
Alisha Christian (MN)
Bill Bookout, NASC

Guarantees, Vitamin Supplements, Enzymes, DFMs
Josh Arbaugh (WV)
Lizette Beckman (WA)
Mika Alewynse (FDA)
Dave Dzanis, Regulatory Discretion, Inc.

AAFCO Headquarters Office
1800 S. Oak Street, Suite 100, Champaign, IL 61820-6974
Phone: 217-356-4221 --- Fax: 217-398-4119
Email: aafco@aafco.org
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