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PFMA meets WTO and other major National Missions

The Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA) embarked on a trade mission in Geneva, 9-11 October, to understand the implications of failing to agree our future trade relations with the EU.


PFMA puts Pet Food under the Spotlight at ESVCN Seminar

At the 21st Congress of the European Society of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition (ESVCN), held in Cirencester, the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA) hosted a seminar on 23 September: ‘Pet Food Exposed; Behind the Scenes of the Pet Food Industry’.


PFMA comment on the Pets At Home campaign

As the leading trade body, representing more than 90% of pet food manufacturers in the UK, PFMA is concerned by the current Pets At Home campaign, which could cause pet owners unnecessary worry over the quality of food they feed their pet.


Whatever your views on Brexit, the nation's 54 million pets didn't vote for it and will still expect their favourite foods to be available on 30 March 2019

In an open letter to all Party leaders, the Pet Food Manufacturers' Association (PFMA) appeals to politicians to facilitate their task of operating successful UK pet food manufacturing business amid the economic and political uncertainties that are currently challenging the industry.


European pet food industry approves new safety and nutrition standards

An improved FEDIAF safety guide and updated FEDIAF dog and cat nutritional guidelines were presented and agreed at the European Pet Food Industry Federation’s annual meeting in Manchester.


Europeans continue to seek company of cats and dogs

The European Pet Food Industry Federation has presented new facts and figures for Europe: The popularity of cats, dogs, ornamental birds and small mammals remains very high.


As New Brexit Bills dominate, PFMA publishes its Brexit Manifesto

With Brexit bills dominating the government agenda and negotiations underway to seek a new relationship with the EU, the Pet Food Manufacturers' Association (PFMA) has published its Brexit Manifesto at pfma.org.uk/brexit.


PFMA supports the first ever UK hosted congress of the European Society of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition

The PFMA will be hosting a pet food nutrition seminar at the 21st Congress of the European Society of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition (ESVCN).


PFMA RESPONSE TO TRUST ME I’M A VET: THERE IS STRINGENT LEGISLATION TO ENSURE SAFE PETFOODS

Following last night’s episode of ‘Trust Me I’m a Vet’, PFMA would like to reassure pet owners that they should not be concerned about arsenic levels in fish based pet foods


PFMA Statement on 'Trust me I'm a Vet', regarding the Nottingham University research

Pet food manufacturers must adhere to strict requirements to ensure the food they produce is safe for pets and meets the nutritional needs of the animal.


Miaow good news as cats claw their way into the affections of men

PFMA releases its Top Ten Pets Chart and announces a growth in the cat population.


Pet fans of the UK unite! National Pet Month April 1 - May 1 2017 - is almost here!

National Pet Month, now in its 28th year, is a nationwide celebration that promotes responsible pet ownership and helps people raise much-needed funds for UK pet charities.


Food and drink supply chain calls for early agreement on future UK trade with Ireland

A key priority for the food and drink industry is to secure tariff-free trade with the EU, which remains our largest external market and our largest source of imported supplies.


Pets at Home Recall

PFMA is aware that Pets at Home have recalled 4 lines of its AVA dry cat food. This was due to lower thiamine levels (Vitamin B1) than specified in the recipe leading to a small number of cats becoming unwell.


PFMA announces all-star line-up for pet food seminar at London Vet Show

Following the overwhelming success of last year's event, PFMA has announced that it will be hosting a Seminar at LVS 2016: 'The humanisation of pet nutrition: Part of the family but not at the table'.


Nottingham University Research in to Male Dog Fertility

PFMA is aware of the recent study from Nottingham University Vet School looking at changes in canine reproduction and the potential effect of environmental chemicals.


Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association to attend PATS for first time

The PFMA is delighted to announce that it will be attending PATS Telford 2016, (25-26 September) for the first time. The PFMA team is taking Stand C53 to reinforce its educational messages following 'The Truth about Pet Food' campaign.


PFMA Scoops Prestigious Digital Campaign of the Year Award

The Pet Food Manufacturers' Association (PFMA) is delighted to have been recognised for innovation, winning the award for 'Digital Campaign of the Year' at the prestigious Trade Association Forum (TAF) Best Practice Awards and Dinner 2016 on 7 July.


PFMA Comment On Brexit

Comment from Michael Bellingham, Chief Executive of the Pet Food Manufacturers' Association (PFMA)


New extensive range of PFMA Fact Sheets now available

In order to promote the 'Truth about Pet Food' - a campaign launched last year, PFMA has been working hard to develop a comprehensive range of pet food- themed Fact Sheets.


Survey reveals who has their canine companions neutered.

National Pet Month (NPM) has reminded people of the benefits of neutering their pets.


PFMA Announces New Chairman

At its recent AGM, the Pet Food Manufacturers' Association (PFMA) welcomed in its new Chairman, Peter Kersh, Managing Director of World Feeds, the specialist fish food manufacturer based in South Yorkshire.


PFMA's Tip Top Research Details Top Ten Pets

The Pet Food Manufacturers' Association (PFMA) has released its well-respected annual Pet Population data.


Supershoppers on Channel Four

Last night's bumper edition of Supershoppers (CH4, 8pm, 29 Feb) included a brief focus on pet food looking at the pet food label highlighting terms such as 'meat and animal derivatives'. To ensure pet owners are well informed, PFMA would like to expand on the snippets of information given.


Companion Animal Nutrition Conference

For the first time, Moulton College in partnership with PFMA, will be running the Companion Animal Nutrition Conference on Friday 3rd June at Moulton College, Northamptonshire, UK. The call for papers and registration are now open!


PFMA Establishes Dedicated Group for Commercial Raw Producers

PFMA has launched a new group in its membership dedicated to focusing on the issues for commercial raw producers.


PFMA debate at LVS throws light on pet nutrition

With the aim of tackling stubborn pet food myths, the Pet Food Manufacturers' Association (PFMA) held its first ever 'Pet Nutrition Debate' at the London Vet Show this November.


PFMA to hold first ever Pet Nutrition Debate at LVS

PFMA and a panel of experts including Dr Marge Chandler, Consultant in Small Animal Nutrition, Dr Nick Thompson, Founder, Raw Feeding Veterinary Society, Laura Ward, Pet Nutritionist at GA Pet Food Partners and Dr John Lowe, founder of Tuttons Hill Nutrition will be hosting a Pet Nutrition Debate at LVS.


The PFMA Responds on Recent Farmed Rabbit Welfare Coverage

The PFMA is aware of the recent media coverage in the Daily Mail/The Mirror, which reported shocking and clearly unacceptable welfare conditions for farmed rabbits in Europe. Both articles claim that rabbits are farmed to meet the demands of the UK pet food industry, however this is not the case.


Pet Food Labelling on Rip-off Britain

Following the Rip-Off Britain programme (BBC1, 22 Apr) which included a focus on pet food labelling, PFMA would like to address some of the issues raised.


Steady decline in UK pets, reveals PFMA's annual Pet Population Survey

Annual pet population data released by the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA) during National Pet Month (April 1 – May 4) is for the first time showing a steady decline. The UK pet population has fallen by 16% or 10.8 million over three years and 2% fewer households have a pet.


Labelling of Protein Sources in Pet Food

PFMA is aware of the recent study by a student at Nottingham University Vet School using DNA testing to identify protein sources in pet food and comparing this with the information provided on the pet food label. We very much welcome this study and the opportunity to talk about pet food labelling as it highlights a common and very reasonable misunderstanding of how pet food labelling legislation works. We hope with this additional background we can help clarify and explain some of the outcomes of the research.


Vets and owners believe prepared pet foods deliver the best nutrition to pets

Recent research among 2100 pet owners and 150 veterinary professionals conducted by the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA) indicates a high level of confidence in the pet food industry.


PFMA Launches New Pet Size-O-Meter for Guinea Pigs

PFMA is pleased to announce that a brand new Pet Size-O-Meter for guinea pigs is now available from www.pfma.org.uk. Developed by the PFMA, led by Dr John Lowe in conjunction with Dr Wanda McCormick at Moulton College, the aim of this body condition score chart is to help the UK’s population of 500,000[1] guinea pigs stay healthy and trim.


PFMA Scoops Website of the Year at Prestigious Awards

The Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA) has won ‘Website of the Year’ at the prestigious Trade Association Best Practice Awards set up to recognise, reward and promote best practice amongst UK trade associations.


PETS IN TEDDINGTON TURN OVER A NEW LEAF AS PART OF COMMUNITY-WIDE PET HEALTH CAMPAIGN

The Pet Food Manufacturer’s Association and local pet care professionals join forces to launch “GetPetsFit” – with a mission to achieve happy healthy pets for all


Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association hosts a Pet Obesity Question Time to discuss a collaborative way forward

On 13 March, PFMA brought together guests from the pet care sector to throw the spotlight on pet obesity and to discuss how the sector could work collaboratively for a leaner, healthier future for pets. The Pet Obesity Question Time launched the start of PFMA’s #Get Pets Fit campaign.


National Pet Month launches community initiative bringing together schools and local pet care organisations

National Pet Month launched on 01 April and with an initiative intending to forge community spirit and promote good pet care, the charity is calling on UK schools to team up with local pet charities, vet practices or pet care organisations to hold a fun, educational pet themed talk anytime from launch date to the end of the summer term.


PFMA releases Pet Obesity report 'Five Years On'

In the UK we love pets and since the release of our first in-depth pet obesity report in 2009, PFMA has strived to support pet professionals and encourage owners to stop overfeeding and under-exercising pets.


BVA COMMENT ON DOG FOOD IN THE MEDIA

In response to some of the issues raised in the Channel 5 programme ‘The Truth About Your Dog’s Food’ and the Daily Mail article ‘How pet food is killing your dog’, the British Veterinary Association (BVA) has issued the following comments.


DOGS TRUST RESPONSE TO 'THE TRUTH ABOUT YOUR DOG'S FOOD'

'Dogs Trust is concerned that some of the views expressed in the Channel 5 programme ‘The Truth About Your Dog’s Food’ are misleading.'


CALL FOR GARDEN OWNERS TO HELP SAVE BRITAIN'S WILDLIFE

Britain's biggest public-led investigation into the healthy of native wildlife has begun, with the launch of the national Garden Wildlife Health project.


PREPARED PET FOODS DELIVER OPTIMUM NUTRITION

In light of recent media coverage about prepared dog foods, the PFMA speaks out on behalf of an industry deeply committed to enhancing pet welfare through optimum nutrition.


PFMA WELCOMES THE LATEST PDSA ANIMAL WELFARE REPORT

PDSA has launched its third Pet Animal Welfare Report, which focuses on the major animal welfare issues for the nation's cats, dogs and rabbits. PFMA supports the charity's aim to get the nation to take part in the Big Pet Check and also urges pet owners to use the Pet Size-O-Meter as a complementary tool.


PET OWNERS ENCOURAGED TO TAKE PART IN PFMA'S NEXT MONTH OF 'WEIGH IN WEDNESDAYS'

Did you know that 50% of pets seen by vets in the UK are overweight? If you are a pet owner who is unsure if your pet is overweight, struggles to stick to a weight loss regime or you just don’t know how to start then take part in the PFMA’s next month of ’Weigh in Wednesdays’ starting from the 7th August and running throughout the month.


Pet Owners urged to weigh their pets as risk of a supersized nation grows

New research out today highlights that pet obesity is rapidly reaching crisis point but owners can take some simple steps to take control.....


Pet Owners Boost the Nation's Coffers

The benefits of pet ownership also extend to the Chancellor as the Autumn statement approaches.


Pet Health Council Responds to the 'Killer Bugs' Stories

Following recent reports of ‘killer bugs’ in our pet cats and dogs in some national newspapers, it seems a shame that this could have an impact on the positive and highly beneficial aspects of owning a pet.


PFMA Welcomes the Second PDSA Pet Animal Welfare (PAW) Report

Following last year’s momentous report, PDSA have launched their second Pet Animal Welfare Report


Caring for Kittens - diet and nutrition NEW ARTICLE

Michael Bellingham offers advice on an amazing period of development - birth to weaning


Britain’s got pets!

But where do the most dogs dwell and who is most fond of fish? PFMA reveals all!


Pets are still a priority as owners continue to spend during the recession

Research shows that Britain is nation of pet lovers and cutting back on pets is the last thing on owner’s minds even in tough times.


New research confirms the importance of pet education

As the findings are released, the UK’s animal welfare charities collaborate and launch a new website with all their resources in one place


Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare holds its first meeting of 2012

PFMA attended the Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare, where members of the Education Alliance gave a presentation calling for animal welfare and responsible pet ownership to be better integrated into the National Curriculum.


It's worth putting your pet on that diet!

A scientific study conducted by a group of scientists found that quality of life improved measurably for obese dogs once they lost weight.


For all you dog lovers...

Take a look at Britain's most famous dogs- is your favorite on there?


Dogs are also a woman's best friend

Study shows pregnant women with dogs are 50% more likely to take their recommended 30 minutes of exercise a day than non dog owners.


Fish and chips- It's not for pets!

A recent study showed that UK pets are being fed leftovers of takeaways such as fish and chips, curry and donor kebabs. PFMA is concerned about the trend for pets being fed on human leftovers as it is a direct cause of the seven million UK pets who are overweight, unhealthy and at risk of a shortened life, heart disease, diabetes and arthritis.


February is Pet Dental Health Month

Just as humans, pets suffer from a broad spectrum of oral problems. Looking after their teeth is an important part of preventive health care, regardless of the type of pet. So, this February start looking after your pets teeth- here are our top tips for keeping those teeth healthy.


Giving out National Pet Month awards

PFMA has had the fun job of presenting awards for the best events organised in 2011 National Pet Month.


Pet's still a priority for owners even in the recession!

52% of people surveyed by Hotels.com would cut back on spending on days out and treats to save for their holiday , 62% would avoid shopping on the high street and four out of ten will bring a packed lunch rather than buying food at lunchtime. But just 6% would cut back on their pet so good news for our 20 million pets in the UK!


PFMA has now launched their newly updated website.

The website has been updated to improve the look, content and navigability of the website for our users. Have an explore and let us know what you think using our Contact Us Page!


PFMA attended The Associate Parliamentary Group on Animal Welfare at the House of Lords for an update on dog breeding.

The meeting was filmed for a Channel Four documentary on dog breeding.


Amazing Escape!

PFMA has been very impressed to hear about the tenacious dog Bilbo who managed to survive 20 days in a rabbit hole. The terrier is believed to have gotten trapped down there and was able to survive by eating soil and escape by having lost three and half pounds and being able to squeeze his way out!


Dog bravery!

PFMA was touched by the story of a stray Afghan dog adopted by a British soldier who was brought to Britain by the soldier’s family after their son was killed in combat.


Human food is bad for pets!

Research shows that UK’s pet population is the unhealthiest in Europe due to the feeding of human food with high levels of sugar, salt and fat as treats.


The Kennel Club and PFMA presented a Breeders' Symposium at the Royal Veterinary College

Breeders who attended the event listened to talks from top scientists on the latest treatments and trends for dogs suffering from cancer such as immunotherapy treatment and identifying molecular markers for cancer. The event is hugely valuable in keeping breeders up to date on health issues so that they can breed the healthiest dogs possible.


PFMA attended a Clinical Club event at Nottingham Veterinary School

Students come and hear speakers from various fields relevant to the veterinary profession at the Clinical Club. PFMA gave a presentation on its role in the pet food industry with a particular focus on PFMA as a resource for vet students and career opportunities for vet graduates in the pet food industry.


Latest Pet Population Research from the PFMA Confirms we are a Nation of Animal Lovers

As we embark on the start of National Pet Month, the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association launches it’s latest findings that confirm we are indeed a nation of animal lovers with over 40 million pets kept in the UK.


PFMA Launches Happiness Survey Results

Pet owners are at the front of the queue telling David Cameron what makes them happy.


PET ARCHITECTS - How would our pets design their own ideal homes?

Is your home harming your pet?

PFMA reveals the ideal home as designed by a dog, cat and rabbit


PFMA Talks to Dogs Today about the History of Petfood

From biscuits to billions, the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association is 40 years old this year - but the history of dog food goes back a lot further...


Food Glorious Food - PFMA talks to Dogs Today about the Current Dog Food Market

In the past, dogs were fed scraps. Today, the pet-food market is big business with a food to suit every budget and taste. We look at the latest trends in dog food and why we spend so much money feeding our pets.


What Will Our Dogs Be Eating In 2020? PFMA talks to Dogs Today

Tomorrow's Dog Bowls! Dog food has undergone various revolutions in recent decades. What does the future bring?