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PFMA Responds to Edinburgh University Research on Environmental Impact of Pet Food

PFMA Responds to Edinburgh University Research on Environmental Impact of Pet Food

The pet food industry is very mindful of the role it plays in the responsible use of resources in pet food production, including minimising, wherever possible, its environmental impact.

The pet food industry is very mindful of the role it plays in the responsible use of resources in pet food production, including minimising, wherever possible, its environmental impact.  

The pet food industry uses surplus products from the human food chain. The ingredients the food industry tends not to use for different reasons (e.g. look, appearance, type of material, low consumer demand). This might include different types of meat, as well as materials like the lungs, kidneys and livers -all materials come from animals which are inspected by vets as fit for human consumption.  

Pet food manufacturers add value to these materials by using them in the production of pet food, thereby, reducing the impact on food waste, the availability of commodities and minimising the carbon footprint of producing foods specifically for use in pet food.   

In terms of measuring the carbon footprint of pet food production, this process is well under way. The European pet food industry, including the UK, are part of the European Commission’s initiative to develop a harmonised method to monitor and report the environmental performance of pet food products – PEF. The methodology is currently under review with new rules expected to be published next year. 

The pet food industry is proud of the steps it has already taken in reducing waste in the food chain and minimising its overall impact on the environment. As the squeeze on resources and food availability continues, we are committed to looking at further solutions to minimise the environmental impact and sustainable use of resources in the manufacturing of pet food, insect protein is one of these.

 

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