AAFCO meets to vote on latest petfood, animal feed topics
Definitions, bill additions, language discussed at New Orleans meeting
The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) held its "mid-year" meeting on January 8-10, 2014, in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. While the city (along with much of the rest of the country) was experiencing unusually cold weather at that time, temperatures in the meeting room were kept elevated by heated discussion over several controversial items.
The Business Session is held on the first day of meetings, and includes voting by the full AAFCO membership on proposals passed by the various committees from prior meetings. The board of directors had recommended rejection of new tentative ingredient definitions for "bovine colostrum" and "dried bovine colostrum" as brought forth from the Ingredient Definitions Committee. Most often, the membership follows the recommendations of the board, but this time, it approved the definitions by sizable margins.
With this final action, these ingredients are now allowed for use in animal feed products (including petfoods and treats). However, the new definitions do not provide for any claims regarding the effect of colostrum on immune function for a product that was not a USDA-licensed biologic.
While strongly contested by some factions of the industry, the membership did follow the board's recommendation by approving an amendment to the Model Bill to provide for civil penalties, i.e., monetary fines, as another enforcement tool. Notably less controversial was final passage of the amendment to Model Pet Food Regulation PF3(b)(1). With this change, any ingredient or combination of ingredients (not just those derived from animal, poultry or fish as was…