What to expect from AAFCO's mid-year meeting
Several committees, including the Pet Food Committee, are expected to provide updates and insights.
The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) will hold its "mid-year" meeting on January 16–18, 2017, in Mobile, Alabama, USA. Although apt to change before the actual meeting, AAFCO has posted draft agendas for many of its committees (www.aafco.org). As always, there will be discussion and action on a number of items that affect the regulation of pet foods in the United States.
Business meeting (general session)
This is where the AAFCO membership as a whole votes on items that have been previously approved by various committees. The detailed agenda for this upcoming meeting has not been posted. Looking back at potential items moving forward by committees at the annual meeting in August 2017, there may not be many pet food-related items from the Pet Food Committee or Model Bills and Regulations Committee in front of the full membership this time. However, the Ingredient Definitions Committee always has a number of items up for votes in the business meeting. It is expected that the definitions for bovine colostrum will be moved from tentative to official status. There will likely also be a vote on new definitions for "feed" and "animal food."
Pet Food Committee
Although the reports of the working groups looking at claims related to dental health and carbohydrate content were accepted in August 2016, there still may be some procedural matters to resolve at the meeting before they can be moved up the ladder for final acceptance. The topic of human grade claims is still on the…