Stephanie Ugalde


Regulatory Compliance Manager


Mérieux NutriSciences

Stephanie Ugalde will speak on navigating state-to-state pet food regulations on Tuesday, April 30, at 3:25-3:45 p.m. during the “Pet food safety and regulatory updates” concurrent sessions. Register now to hear Stephanie and 30+ other industry experts speak at Petfood Forum 2024.

What is the single, most important concept you hope attendees will learn from your presentation?

Comprehension and compliance with pet food registrations and standards across states necessitates mindfulness and meticulousness.

Please explain the significance of this concept to the industry:

Registrations and related regulations between states are not consistent and change without proper notice, therefore management and logistics whilst keeping up to date with developments is imperative. Missing deadlines, and submitting incomplete documents, amongst many other variables potentially become more costly for the business.

Please explain the significance of this concept to your organization:

It is difficult to manage registration processes, and even more so between a multitude of states and multitude of products. Proper communication, coordination, and documentation is imperative. Becoming a supporting organization that assists those in need of navigating such complex processes is essential.

What are potential next developments or stages in this specific field?

AAFCO has released new and updated regulations as well as streamlined resources. During a period where the governing regulating body makes significant changes, this becomes an opportune time for other organizations, in this case, individual states, to review and possibly create changes of their own.

Observation is key. There is always a push for innovation within the industry which yields to furthering developments and research. Being cognizant of such progression allows for the opportunity to assist those within the pet food industry whether it be a manufacturer, distributor, or a start-up company.

Presentation Description:

Navigating state-to-state pet food licensing and regulations — Ugalde insights for navigating licensing and registrations for pet foods in the U.S. While AAFCO provides a great online resource tool regarding licensing and registration fees for U.S. pet food, it is still a struggle to navigate each state’s website; Ugalde elaborates on those requirements, fees and important timeframes and dates, plus potential developments and/or updates currently under way.


Stephanie Ugalde is a regulatory compliance manager at Mérieux Nutrisciences. She has participated in various presentations, lectures and webinars on an assortment of subject matter throughout her career. Ugalde is currently the leading expert in pet food regulations at her company, with one of the specific topics being pet food licensing and registration in the U.S., and working with various high-profile clients.