Pet food production and safety short course launches November 3

Pet food on conveyor at Petfood ForumA new immersive educational short course teaches professionals the key elements and stages of pet food production and safety. Petfood Essentials CONNECT•ED is scheduled to release the first learning module on November 3, 2020.

The program features six modules offering learning on two of the most essential areas of dry pet food: production and safety. Starting with ingredient selection, then moving to dry kibble processing to packaging and the stages between, leading industry experts will provide instruction on each key function and step of pet food product development and production.

“Petfood Essentials CONNECT•ED is designed to help newcomers to the pet food industry, or those who want to learn about other areas outside of their own functions, gain a strong foundation in the core elements and stages of dry pet food production and safety,” said Debbie Phillips-Donaldson, editor-in-chief of Petfood Industry.

Petfood Essentials CONNECT•ED supports entry-level employees with needed education of the process, food safety, regulations and critical control points in manufacturing dog and cat food.

6 modules focused on pet food production and safety:

  1. Ingredient selection and sourcing
  2. Batching, mixing, milling and grinding
  3. Preconditioning and extrusion
  4. Coating, drying and cooling
  5. Packaging
  6. Quality, safety and testing.

Registration is now open for Petfood Essentials CONNECT•ED. Fees to attend the six-part short course are $495 USD.

Each new module will be released weekly starting November 3. Modules are available on-demand until January 31, 2021, allowing attendees to watch at their convenience. Attending during the initial release date and time allows participants to join in a live Q&A with the speaker at the end of the session.

Each participant to complete all six on-demand modules, including a brief quiz at the end of each, will receive a certificate of completion and be eligible for discounts to next year’s Petfood Forum pre-conference event, Petfood Essentials.