The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) welcomes a new protocol from the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The protocol would allow pet food manufacturers to expand access for selling their products in the Chinese marketplace. APHIS created the protocol specifically for exporting US pet food products to the Asian country. Previously, China had placed a ban on products containing ruminant-origin ingredients (animal products from animals such as cows, sheep, and other similar animals), which forced US manufacturers to reformulate pet food and treats or not be able to participate in the Chinese pet food market.

The new protocol went into effect on August 15, 2020, and allows for a transparent process for US manufacturers to access the Chinese market without as many barriers, including eliminating facility questionnaires and audits. The protocol would also have provisions for helping to contain Avian disease outbreaks and other potential issues that may arise. AFIA, Arlington, VA, is devoted to representing the business, legislative, and regulatory interests of the US animal food industry and its suppliers.