Tim Lombardo


Senior Director, Food Consulting Services


EAS Consulting Group/Certified Group

Tim Lombardo will speak on pet food FSMA compliance on Tuesday, April 30, at 2-2:25 p.m. during the “Pet food safety and regulatory updates” concurrent sessions. Register now to hear Tim 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?

To review the data of FDA recalls, warning letters, and 483’s and then use this information to not only understand past trends, but to develop continuous improvement plans as we look to the future.

Please explain the significance of this concept to the pet food industry:

Recent surveys have shown that 70% of all US homes have at least one pet, compared to 40% of US homes with at least one child under 18 years old. Indeed, 95% of respondents consider their pet to be a member of the family and 91% state that they spend more on a quality food for their pet. As consumer expectations of pet food continue to increase, regulatory focus and enforcement in pet food has also increased. Understanding and addressing previous regulatory findings will allow companies to avoid future scrutiny.

Please explain the significance of this concept to yourself:

From a consulting perspective, implementing continuous improvement programs is always more effective when conducted proactively rather than reacting to regulatory enforcement. Proactive consulting services are also less stressful and less costly to the client.

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

FDA and many equivalent state agencies have options to receive automated updates on enforcement activities and regulation updates. Continuous monitoring of these allows us to “see” current FDA thinking in near real-time. This combined with understanding enforcement trends is helpful in making meaningful changes and improvements in a company’s food safety programs and culture.

Presentation Description:

Pet food FSMA compliance: Glance to the past, look to the future — Lombardo summarizes trends in regulatory non-compliance, using the information to identify gaps in regulatory compliance and implement effective measures to address these gaps, determine emerging and potentially unforeseen hazards in pet food ingredients and share industry best practices designed to ensure safe food for our fur-families.


Tim Lombardo, senior director for food consulting services for EAS Consulting Group, is an expert in food safety and microbiology with over 30 years of experience leading these programs in manufacturing facilities. His direct experience includes dairy, infant formula ingredients, baked goods, nuts and nut products, fruits and vegetables, meat and poultry, spices, color flavors and other ingredients. Lombardo is a lead instructor through the Food Safety and Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) in preventive controls for both human and animal foods, lead instructor for the HACCP Controls Alliance and is certified in thermal/aseptic processing and sterilization through the Better Process Control School. He is also an international speaker and long-time member of many food associations.