On September 7, 2010
More news from AAFCO
At its annual meeting, AAFCO addressed ingredient definitions, petfood safety matters and certified organic petfoods
At the meeting, IDC discussed a proposed new definition for â€œvital wheat gluten.â€ Last month, I reported on the activities of the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) Pet Food Committee during its annual meeting in Portland, Oregon, USA, in early August. This month I cover items that occurred outside of the Pet Food Committee session but still may affect petfoods. Ingredients : Wheat gluten is an ingredient that was falsely implicated as a causative agent in the 2007 melamine-related petfood recall. As it turned out, the purported â€œglutenâ€ was wheat flour purposely spiked with melamine to falsely increase apparent protein content. Regardless, the incident raised the question as to why wheat gluten was not AAFCO-defined.At the meeting, the Ingredient Definitions Committee (IDC) discussed a proposed new definition for â€œvital wheat gluten.â€ The â€œvitalâ€ terminology refers to an ingredient processed so it retains its viscoelasticity, a property key to its technical function in petfoods. Apparently, a â€œdevitalized wheat glutenâ€ definition is also in the works. No action on the proposal was taken at this meeting.IDC did vote to delete â€œcharcoalâ€ as an official feed term. Charcoal has been included in petfoods, perhaps most frequently in dog biscuits, for decades, with the feed term used as the ingredient name. However, reports of concerns regarding contaminants such as dioxins prompted a reconsideration of this use of the term. With the deletion of the term (assuming the board of directors and full membership agree), continued use of charcoal as a petfood ingredient would ...