The American Meat Science Association (AMSA) is pleased to announce, David Edmiston, Tim Law, and Dr. Jarrod Kersey will be the featured speakers at the AMSA 72nd Reciprocal Meat Conference (RMC) Symposium entitled “Foreign Material in Pet Food – What are the Risks, What is the Cost, How Can They be Prevented?,” on Wednesday, June 26 in Loveland, Colo. This session will be sponsored by Nestle Purina. The AMSA 2019 RMC is co-hosted by Colorado State University and JBS USA Food Company.

The featured presentations include:

  • Pet Food Point of View: David Edmiston, Director, Quality Assurance for Nestle Purina, will discuss how foreign bodies in foods (human or pet) have always been a concern.   Many factors have contributed to changes in how pet food manufacturers engage today with consumers, suppliers, and regulatory agencies on foreign body issues as everyone works toward the common goal of providing safe, wholesome foods for pets.  
  • Foreign Bodies – An Ingredient Manufacturers Perspective: Keeping foreign material out of animal food and feed ingredients is a huge challenge faced by ingredient manufacturers.  Darling Ingredients Best Practices define our quality and food safety practices and how we operate to provide our customers with the highest quality product possible.  Tim Law, Corporate Quality Assurance Manager for Darling Ingredients, Inc., will discuss how as a renderer and manufacturer of ingredients for the pet food market, our foreign material control programs require prevention and education not only to our internal processing facilities but to our suppliers of raw material.       
  • Pet Food:  It’s in American Kitchens: Pet food is in an estimated 85 million American family’s homes.  As an in-home staple, pet food is in contact with more than 180 million Americans daily.  Jarrod Kersey, Ph.D., Vice President, Quality Assurance, Government Affairs and Nutrition for Simmons Pet Food, Inc., will discuss how we must change our perspective of the inputs to pet food, and consider the quality of ingredients.

The AMSA 72nd RMC will be held June 23-26, 2019 at the Embassy Suites in Loveland, Colo. For more information regarding the AMSA 72nd RMC please visit: or contact Deidrea Mabry 1-800-517-AMSA ext. 12.

Source: AMSA