What is FRFA?
FRFA stands for Food Regulation Facts Alliance
Why is it important?
Currently, most retail stores, small manufacturers and consumers are minimally exposed to Pet Supply and Agricultural Industry Rules and Regulations, often accessing their information solely through documentaries and what they are told by seeming authorities on the subject. However, even authority figures within the FDA, Departments of Agriculture and AAFCO are often misinformed or confused by the extensive and ever-changing policies, definitions, histories, statistics and burdensome information available regarding finalized rules and regulations. This information is even more confusing when worldly issues come into play, as regulators must deal with not only pet and agricultural feed industries, but also the Bio-diesel, Oliochemical, Waste and other industries when considering definitions and regulations regarding pet and agricultural feeds.
Aside from factual and complete information being minimally available, retail stores, manufacturers and consumers are also often left frustrated by simply finding out that a rule or regulation has passed, though it completely opposes what they feel is reasonable or ethical based on their knowledge of the industry. FRFA provides retail stores, small manufacturers and holistic-minded consumers factual educational information about industry occurrences before they are finalized, and also offers the option of having a voice at these regulatory meetings. Many retail store owners and employees, small manufacturers and consumers dedicate their lives to becoming professionals on topics that could assist law-makers in creating ethical and positive changes in the industry but they have no knowledge of when, where, how or why to get involved at the regulatory level. Additionally, these events are time consuming, expensive and often frustrating.
FRFA is a platform to get involved, learn, and be a voice in the industry while escaping the time burdens, expenses and frustrations of attending the meetings yourself. Additionally, FRFA combines knowledge, fact, opinion and passion from people nationwide, allowing for the most effective single presence at these meetings.
What does FRFA provide that allows me the education and involvement that I want to have?
FRFA provides members access to regularly updated AAFCO, FDA and DOA information, including new rules and regulations, rules and regulations being considered by AAFCO and the FDA, pathogen and regulatory concerns of industry officials and much more. It also provides a look into confusing specifics of ingredient definitions, such as what synthetic methionine is really made out of. It provides access to statistics and facts sourced from FDA, CDC, AAFCO, PFI and other sites. Often times these statistics and facts contradict information published by these same organizations. FRFA provides AAFCO meeting agenda’s to members prior to the meetings, allowing members the opportunity to contribute to the agenda at the meetings. FRFA then provides members access to occurrences within the meetings in real time, followed by AAFCO and regulatory meeting summaries. FRFA summaries provide members with a competitive edge in the industry, with an insiders perspective of the industry. FRFA also provides members with an opportunity to contribute to ideas on how to resolve concerns within related industries such as the Bio-diesel, Oliochemical, Rendering, Waste and other industries.
How much does it cost to be a member?
This provides access to monthly newsletters.
This provides access to monthly newsletters as well as the opportunity to contribute your knowledge and opinions to regulators within the industry.
Advocate (Discount – $250/yr)
Same great information as Advocate subscription, but at a discounted yearly price!
Sponsor ($2,500/yr )
This provides access to monthly newsletters, the opportunity to contribute knowledge and opinions for use in regulatory meetings within the industry, as well as an opportunity to develop an intensive, in-depth education on the rules and regulations of the Pet and Agricultural Food Industry.
This provides access to monthly newsletters, the opportunity to contribute knowledge and opinions for use in regulatory meetings within the industry, as well as an opportunity to develop an intensive, in-depth education on the rules and regulations of the Pet and Agricultural Food Industry. Additionally, this provides monthly personalized training for you and/or your business and staff regarding industry rules and regulations. You and/or your staff may pick the topics or allow the educator to share what they feel is of most value to you and/or your staff. This is the fastest way to become an industry guru and make the biggest difference for you, your staff, your community, the industry and ultimately the world.
What do membership fees cover?
Membership fees pay for a highly educated FRFA representative to attend all AAFCO meetings, printed or online regulatory reference material for members, travel expenses associated with meeting attendance and extensive industry research, organization, writing and publication materials provided to members.