SOURCE: ChemNutra

May 15, 2007 09:00 ET

ChemNutra Calls for Pet Food Ingredients Safety Summit

LAS VEGAS, NV -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 15, 2007 -- ChemNutra today called for a national Pet Food Ingredients Safety Summit for ingredients importers, analysis laboratories and manufacturers to begin drafting import standards and specifications for pet food ingredients, not only from China, but around the world.

Steve Miller, Chief Executive Officer of ChemNutra, said, "Just as E. coli incidents have forced retailers and restaurateurs to get more directly involved with ensuring the safety of growers, the melamine adulteration of pet food mandates that importers and manufacturers establish new protocols for ensuring the safety of our suppliers."

ChemNutra has volunteered to serve as the coordinator of a one-day conference tentatively scheduled for July 14, 2007 in "off the strip" Las Vegas.

"I am hopeful that those who import and use imported pet food ingredients will set aside any competitive differences we may have to unite for what I know is a common purpose, the safety of pets. We also invite the participation of experts in product safety and analysis," said Miller.

Miller added, "We are not trying to in any way supersede or interfere with the government agencies who will also, we're sure, be establishing new protocols. Rather, we seek to move for self-improvement at the quickest possible pace, even while new rules or legislation are being considered."

He said, "The sole purpose of this high level meeting will be to (a) establish a process for collectively drafting new testing and importing standards for pet foods and (b) discern the industry's interest in establishing a new trade association with a single mission: to ensure the safety of pet food ingredients and pet food."

For further information on the Pet Food Ingredients Safety Summit, please contact Steve Stern at steve@sdsternpr.com or the ChemNutra website http://www.chemnutra.com to register.

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