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David A. Dzanis, DVM, PhD, DACVN

David A. Dzanis, DVM, PhD, DACVN

Dr. Dzanis is CEO of Regulatory Discretion Inc. and a writer and consultant on nutrition, labeling and regulation.

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Does your pet product label comply with the new AAFCO calorie statement regulations?

The grace period has ended for amendments enacted in 2013, and now is the time to ensure compliance.
In January 2013, the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) enacted amendments to Model Regulation PF9 regarding calorie content statements on dog and cat food labels. While AAFCO recommended a grace period for state enforcement, as of June 2015 that period has ended for any newly marketed products. In either case, though, it is prudent to take steps now to ensure labels conform to the new labeling requirements.
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AAFCO holds ‘mid-year’ meeting

New regulations, guidance and ingredient definitions on their way
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. 
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Grain-free, gluten-free: ensuring your petfood claims stand up to scrutiny

There may not be any government regulations for these claims in petfood, but it’s wise to consider certain factors to make sure your products stay ahead of the game
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.
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Read the July issue of Petfood Industry!

July 2015

The July 2015 issue of Petfood Industry profiles Plato Pet Treats, a California-based company that makes premium pet treats using the best ingredients available. Learn how Plato uses natural and locally sourced ingredients and makes its products in-house for optimal quality. Also find out how its “Plato Wags Back” program provides support to rescues and shelters that feed and house homeless dogs.

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