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MAY 8th, 2018


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  • CDC: Vector-borne diseases have more than tripled
  • Amazon launches own brand of pet products
  • Report: Pet insurance a $1 billion industry
  • Study: Genetic testing for dogs can help identify diseases
  • Legislation introduced in Congress could tighten airline travel restrictions for pets
  • Nestlé acquires controlling interest in Wamiz and Tails.com

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  • Merck adds Dr. Jessica Lynn Meisinger to Veterinary and Consumer Affairs team
  • USDA proposed final rule to establish the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard
  • Registration open for AABP Annual Conference8
  • AVMA announces new global food security policy
  • Dr. Mindy Brashears named new Undersecretary for Food Safety
  • Tyson Ventures invests in Future Meat Technologies
  • Norbrook appoints Steve Schram as VP Sales & Marketing for The Americas

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CDC: Vector-borne diseases have more than tripled
According to CNN, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that diseases transmitted through the bites of blood-feeding ticks, mosquitoes, and fleas are a "growing public health problem" in the United States. Reported cases of what are called vector-borne diseases have more than tripled nationwide, growing from 27,388 cases reported in 2004 to 96,075 cases reported in 2016, according to the new Vital Signs report published by the CDC.

Amazon launches own brand of pet products
According to CNET, Amazon launched its own brand of pet products, called Wag, adding to the internet retailer's expansive list of private-label brands, which has grown to include diapers, clothing and even mid-century furniture. The Wag brand debuted with dry dog food, with other pet products to be added later. Like some other Amazon private-label brands, Wag products are available to purchase only by Amazon Prime subscribers, who pay an annual fee to free two-day shipping and other benefits, such as access to music, movies and TV shows. 

Report: Pet insurance a $1 billion industry
Pet insurance is now a $1 billion industry, according to a new report from the North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA) and highlighted by Pet Product News. It represents a market average increase of almost 17 percent year-over-year, according to the 2018 NAPHIA State of the Industry Report (SOI). According to the 2018 report, the pet insurance marketplace also surpassed the $1 billion mark in gross written premium (GWP) by the end of 2017, an increase of 15 percent over 2016. The SOI Report tracks trends based on data gathered independently from member companies.

Study: Genetic testing for dogs can help identify diseases
Genetic testing can predict if a dog is at risk for developing certain diseases, according to a recent study. The study “Frequency and distribution of 152 genetic disease variants in over 100,000 mixed breed and purebred dogs”, published in PLOS Genetics was conducted by Wisdom Health and Genoscoper Laboratories. This research is the first to show the genetic diseases mixed breed dogs are most likely to develop, according to a release. The study also shows that fewer mixed breed dogs than purebreds are affected by the most common disease-causing mutations tested in the study. Knowing a dog’s disease-related genetic make-up could enable owners, breeders, and veterinarians to make more informed decisions about a dog’s health. The research was based on genetic testing technology that can be used at home.

Legislation introduced in Congress could tighten airline travel restrictions for pets
According to North Carolina-based WLOS, lawmakers in Washington D.C. will consider tightening restrictions on what animals will be allowed to accompany passengers when they fly commercially. The bill, introduced by North Carolina Senator Richard Burr, seeks to align the definition of a service animal for air carriers with the current definition from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Under the ADA, service animals are defined as "dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities," meaning cats, birds, or any other animal that could provide emotional support would have to fly just like any other pet.

Nestlé acquires controlling interest in Wamiz and Tails.com
According to PetWorldwide, Nestlé has agreed to acquire a controlling interest in Wamiz and Tails.com. Nestlé has agreed to acquire a majority holding in Wamiz, the leading French platform for digital media for pet owners, which is based in Paris. Nestlé also announced that the company has also acquired a majority holding in Tails.com. Tails is a dog food business based in Great Britain that offers products directly tailored to the consumer.

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Merck adds Dr. Jessica Lynn Meisinger to Veterinary and Consumer Affairs team
Merck Animal Health announced the addition of Jessica Lynn Meisinger, Ph.D., to the Veterinary and Consumer Affairs team, according to National Hog Farmer. Meisinger will serve as a consumer affairs account manager, focusing her efforts on developing partnerships with key stakeholders in the food and companion animal marketplace. Merck Animal Health created the Veterinary and Consumer Affairs team to serve its companion animal and food production animal industry partners – listening to their needs and sharing information, research and insights to enable more informed decisions in a changing marketplace. Meisinger received her master’s degree in Meat Science and Muscle Biology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a doctorate in Meat Science from Colorado State University. Over the last six years, she has worked as director of Science, Communication, and Education for both the National Renderers Association and the Fats and Proteins Research Foundation in Alexandria, Va. Meisinger has done extensive work with sustainability in the meat industry and animal agriculture.

USDA proposed final rule to establish the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard
According to Feedstuffs, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has rolled out one of the final steps in establishing a new food labeling law. On Thursday, the agency published a proposed final rule to establish the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (NBFDS) mandated by Congress in 2016. The standard will provide a uniform way to offer meaningful disclosure for consumers who want more information about their food and to avoid a patchwork system of state or private labels that could be confusing for consumers and would likely drive up food costs. USDA invited public comment on the proposed rule. The rule asks for additional guidance as the agency looks to finalize the rule by the congressionally mandated deadline of July 29, 2018.

Registration open for AABP Annual Conference
Registration is now open for the 2018 51st American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Annual Conference Sept. 13-15 in Phoenix, Ariz. AABP President-Elect and 2018 Program Chairman, Dr. Glenn Rogers, says the theme “Become Indispensable” focuses on strategies to increase the utilization of bovine veterinary services to provide for the health, productivity and welfare of cattle. Rogers says the 2018 Keynote speaker is Dr. Morgan McArthur, who is a large-animal veterinarian, acclaimed international professional speaker, Toastmasters World Champion and who has completed five Ironman Triathlons after the age of 40. Scientific sessions at the conference will include cutting-edge scientific information as well as topics such as preventing common bovine practitioner injuries, and a special presentation on how a rural practitioner and his clients worked together to survive and rebuild from one of the worst range fire disasters in U.S. history. To register, visit www.aabp.org.

AVMA announces new global food security policy
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) board of directors approved the association's first global food security policy during their April meeting, according to a release. The new policy complements the theme of this year's World Veterinary Day, observed April 28, promoting the role of the veterinary profession in sustainable development to improve livelihoods, food security and safety. "Veterinarians have always been key to ensuring a safe and abundant food supply around the world, said Dr. Michael Topper, president of the AVMA. "This policy commits the AVMA to bring together different groups with diverse areas of expertise to establish public and private stakeholder partnerships to achieve global food security."

Dr. Mindy Brashears named new Undersecretary for Food Safety
According to Meat+Poultry, President Donald Trump has tapped Dr. Mindy Brashears to be the US Dept. of Agriculture’s (USDA) Undersecretary for Food Safety. US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue applauded the president’s selection. “Food safety is at the core of USDA’s mission, because it directly affects the health and well-being of millions of Americans every day. President Trump has made an excellent choice in Dr. Mindy Brashears, and I am excited to have her join the team,” Perdue said in a statement. “Dr. Brashears has spent decades finding ways to improve food safety standards through innovation, invention, and leadership on research missions across the globe. I look forward to her bringing that wealth of expertise and track record of results here to USDA. Brashears is a Professor of Food Safety and Public Health and the Director of the International Center for Food Industry Excellence at Texas Tech Univ. Her research program focuses on improving food safety standards to make an impact on public health.

Tyson Ventures invests in Future Meat Technologies
Future Meat Technologies has announced a $2.2 million seed investment round co-led by Tyson Ventures, the venture capital arm of Tyson Foods, according to a release. Future Meat Technologies is a Jerusalem-based biotechnology company advancing a distributive manufacturing platform for the cost-efficient, non-GMO production of meat directly from animal cells, without the need to raise or harvest animals.

Norbrook appoints Steve Schram as VP Sales & Marketing for The Americas
Norbrook has appointed Steve Schram as VP Sales & Marketing for The Americas, according to a release. This role will see Steve leading all sales and marketing activities across both the North American and Latin American businesses. This role will focus primarily on leading the US business, where Norbrook is planning significant growth, not only of its current portfolio but also through an exciting new product launch pipeline across both the farm and companion animal sectors. Steve will also lead sales and marketing activities across Norbrook’s Canadian and Latin American businesses. Steve joins Norbrook from AgriLabs where he previously held the role of where he held the role of Chairman, President and CEO for 21 years; prior to Steve worked in Syntex Animal Health for 12 years progressing from Sales Representative to Business Unit Manager.

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