Announcing the 2017 Pet Food Safety Workshop

Chestnut Labs, an accredited contract laboratory and provider of food safety solutions, has announced it will host the 2017 Pet Food Safety Workshop October 3-4, 2017 in Kansas City, Mo.

The workshop is designed for pet food industry professionals with food safety responsibilities, including managers and technicians in quality assurance and control, sanitation, operations and maintenance. Undergraduate and graduate students studying in fields related to animal health are also invited to attend.

The Pet Food Safety Workshop features a robust lineup of sessions from presenters with decades of industry experience including:

  • Dr. Jim Dickson, professor in the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University, will share about Controlling Food Safety Issues with Pet Food.
  • Martin Bucknavage, senior food safety associate with the Penn State Extension at the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, will present sessions about Good Manufacturing Practice and Food Safety Considerations for the Supply Chain.
  • Chestnut Labs’ team of experts including Kristen Acker, Dr. Mary Bandu, Matt Oltman and Missy Dean will each present portions of the pet food safety curriculum, including sessions about microbiology, chemistry, quality, pathogen environmental monitoring, and shelf-life/challenge studies.

“We are excited to host a workshop with tools and resources that can immediately and dramatically impact safety in manufacturing facilities,” Bandu said. “We are eager to help professionals protect their product lines, improve their organizational policies, and make a positive contribution to the pet food industry.”

The workshop will take place at the Embassy Suites near the Kansas City Airport, and a special rate is being offered by the hotel to attendees. Sessions will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on October 3, and 8:30 a.m. to Noon on October 4. Breakfast and lunch will be provided each day for course registrants.

Full agenda information and conference registration details are available at www.chestnutlabs.com/pet-food-workshop. Special registration rates are available for groups of two or more, and for current students. The deadline for early bird registration in September 1, with all other registrations due by October 1.


Chestnut Labs is a leading ISO 17025 accredited Food Safety Solutions provider. These solutions assist customers with meeting the demands of the changing regulatory environment, as well as customer expectations. Microbiology, Chemistry, Research, Training, Auditing and Consulting are all a part of the Food Safety Solutions portfolio of services. We are dedicated to providing our clients with tailored, timely and accurate services to solve today’s challenges.