OUR PURPOSE: “Next Gen PFMA serves its members by advocating for better nutritional choices for pets and their owners and by supporting companies that (a) produce and/or sell pet food that is biologically appropriate, (b) employ Good Manufacturing Practices and (c) operate in an ethical and responsible manner.”
Next Generation Pet Food Manufacturing Association was created to come alongside the 2% of smaller pet food manufacturers… those without the budget of the corporate giants … those with ingredients made from true food … those born of a passion for pets…. those who would otherwise navigate regulations, lawsuits and recalls alone.
Not anymore. And we’re just in time.
Federal Regulations impacting EVERY industry — including ours— are multiplying like gremlins exposed to water. In 2015, over 190,000 new federal regulations were passed. THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE STATE LEVEL REGULATIONS. This is 520 federal regulations passed per day, including Christmas.
Each day, we operate in a regulatory minefield and — until now — the only associations helping us navigate such regulations successfully has been reserved to those manufacturers with enormous budgets…. leaving the rest of us:
- Tiptoeing through the minefield without so much as a warning map;
- Operating with a bullseye on our backs, without the benefit of group resources, experience and expertise;
- Being bullied by huge agencies who have benefited from our isolation;
This is Why We Created Next Generation Pet Food Manufacturer’s Association!
Help Us Advocate for the Next Generation Pet Food!
Representation at AAFCO
When we show up “en masse” under the flag of an official and organized association, the powers that be will take notice. We will be there asking for ingredient definitions, and advocating for changes to ingredient definitions. We go in prepared, having gathered appropriate and compelling scientific support to bolster our requests.
Safety in Numbers
You may be singled out by regulatory agencies — as several of our members have — but our members will never again stand alone. Using our collective resources, connections AND, MOST IMPORTANTLY experience dealing with these regulatory agencies, we will help you navigate AND FIGHT situations including — but not limited to — recall demands.
Our association — and each of our members — may be a bit of an outsider and may even be considered a bit of a rebel bucking the status quo. For this reason, it is even more crucial to build relationships with those people, leaders and organizations already in place. We’ll be constantly developing these relationships so we have them in place when we need them.
Advocacy and Grassroots Lobbying In Congress
It was Congress who created the FDA to oversee food for public safety. We’ll be actively educating them… so they know that there are multiple ways — other than extreme rendering— to create safe pet food. With education, we’ll slowly turn the tide in our favor.