Pet Food Regulations

Find the latest federal, state and local regulation news and analysis from the editors of Petfood Industry magazine. Pet food regulations are set by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), which governs the production, distribution and sale of cat food, dog food and animal feeds as well as pet food labeling laws.


FDA will approve GLA safflower oil for dry adult dog food

Arcadia Biosciences announced that FDA official completed their review of Arcadia’s food additive petition.
The FDA concluded that the data provided by Arcadia supports the safety and functionality of GLA safflower oil as a source of omega-­6 fatty acids in dry food for adult dogs.
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Protect your company against legal costs, financial losses

Increased regulatory scrutiny means companies are exposed to more potential risks and losses
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) can expose pet food suppliers and manufacturers to unnecessary risk of regulatory enforcement and litigation, according to a team of presenters at Petfood Forum, held this week in Kansas City, Missouri.
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Top questions to ask novel pet food ingredient suppliers

A Petfood Forum 2017 speaker advised pet food companies to ask the right questions to ensure their final products are safe, nutritious and palatable.
Before committing to use a novel pet food ingredient, a scientist recommended that pet food professionals ask these questions of potential suppliers.
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Update on pet food labeling at AAFCO mid-year meeting

The Pet Food Committee accepted carbohydrate-related label guarantees, will further consider revised definitions for "pet" and "specialty pet" on AAFCO Model Bill
The Pet Food Committee discussed carbohydrate-related labeling rules and details on a pet food labeling workshop during the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) "mid-year" meeting, held January 16-18.
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