Recent pet deaths have again resulted in widespread, international recalls of unsafe US dry petfood due to aflatoxin contamination. Such incidents are uncommon but cause pet owner distress, pet illness / deaths, reduce trust in safe petfood and cost your business money. With recent recalls making the news headlines, now is the time to review your skills, approach to petfood safety and risk mitigation. Ensuring your associates have skills and knowledge to recognise the risks and implement effective food safety management systems builds trust, helps protect our pets and your business.
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Pets play a key role in supporting our mental and physical health, especially during the current CV-19 pandemic. Fraud risks including food and petfood fraud increase during a crisis. We must ensure HACCP and VACCP systems are effective or pet owners will lose trust in petfood that is safe and authentic or our business will suffer.
With the end of the post-Brexit transition period, petfood industry trade between the UK and EU will be subject to new regulations and customs arrangements. Petfood business operators must plan now to avoid Brexit related logistical problems, commercial delays, additional costs and ensure smooth trade after 1st January 2021.
Businesses should learn from Covid-19 and act now to minimise the impact from future crises like earthquakes and pandemics. The most adaptable to change are more likely to survive and grow. Avoid complacency and build resilience now by updating business continuity plans for crisis management.