After eight years of deliberation and somewhat contentious debate, the revisions to the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) Dog and Cat Food Nutrient Profiles have almost made it through all the hoops.
The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) held its "mid-year" meeting on January 13–15, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Although the issues on the table appear to have been less contentious than in recent meetings, there was still room for lively discussion.
Petfood packaging illustrations can be especially helpful in reaching those potential customers with language or reading issues. However, improper use of graphics, not just words, also can get a company in trouble with regulators.
With minor exceptions, if you are a petfood, treat, chew or nutritional supplement manufacturer, domestic or foreign, now is the time to renew your food facility registration with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
No observer of the petfood market can miss the pervasiveness of claims such as "grain-free" and "gluten-free" on dog and cat food labels today. There are important factors to consider when making a claim in order for it to survive possible regulatory scrutiny.
The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) held its annual meeting on July 24–26, 2014, in Sacramento, California, USA. As always, several controversial issues kept the discussions lively.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has provided updated information on the continuing saga of suspected contamination of "jerky"-type dog treats, primarily made from chicken and typically manufactured in China. Coincidentally, at least two major pet retailers have recently announced their commitments to stop selling pet treats manufactured in China.
The noteworthy number of recalls of petfoods over the past few years speaks to the seriousness to which FDA views this matter. As further evidence of FDA’s commitment to the fight against this microorganism and its potential for exposure to people, it also regulates other potential sources of Salmonella in pet products as well as the pets themselves.
The March 2015 issue of Petfood Industry focuses on emerging pet industry trends. Read about NutriFusion, a company that saw immediate growth after expanding from human food into the pet food industry with its fruit and vegetable nutrient-dense products. Also, learn about how so-called "superfoods" are trending as a new pet food ingredient, and why innovation, convenience and sustainability are key in pet food packaging.