Pet Food Labeling

Blue Buffalo officially files lawsuit against Nestle Purina

Suit claims defamation, unfair competition, false advertising, violations of trade practice statutes
The Blue Buffalo Company Ltd. officially filed a lawsuit against Nestlé Purina PetCare Company on May 14, 2014. The lawsuit, in response to a lawsuit filed by Purina against Blue Buffalo, claims defamation, unfair competition, false advertising and violations of trade practice statutes.
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Purina and Blue Buffalo wage petfood marketing claims war

In suing Blue Buffalo Co. this week over false and disparaging advertising claims, Nestlé Purina PetCare threw down the gauntlet in terms of competitive marketing claims. Does Purina have a case – and perhaps more significant, if it does, could this be just the first step in a sea change in how petfoods are labeled and marketed? (Not to mention formulated.)
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Purina sues Blue Buffalo for false advertising, disparagement

Independent testing found evidence of false nutritional claims, according to Purina
Nestlé Purina PetCare Company has filed a lawsuit in federal court in St. Louis, Missouri, against The Blue Buffalo Company Ltd., for false advertising, disparagement and unjust enrichment—including violations of the Federal Lanham Act (15 U.S.C. § 1125(a)).
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Petfood industry could learn from new study on GMO labeling mandates

As yet another US state considers mandating labeling of food products with information on inclusion of ingredients that have been genetically modified (otherwise known as GMOs), a new paper looks at the potential impact—positive and negative—of such mandates. The latest state jumping into the GMO labeling debate is Vermont. Its legislature recently passed a bill that would make it the first state to require mandatory labeling of any foods containing ingredients that had been “genetically engineered.” The governor is expected to soon sign it into law.
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Council for Agricultural Science and Technology paper focuses on GE food labeling

'The Potential Impacts of Mandatory Labeling for Genetically Engineered Food in the United States' highlights debate
The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology issue paper 54, "The Potential Impacts of Mandatory Labeling for Genetically Engineered Food in the United States," examines arguments for and against the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods, the costs involved with labeling and experiences in countries that use mandatory labeling. Led by Task Force Chair Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam, the authors gather factual information to produce a peer-reviewed publication that clarifies the potential impacts of mandatory labeling.
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Spring Naturals dog food certified low glycemic, diabetic friendly

Natural whole grain, grain-free dry dinners receive certification from Glycemic Research Institute
Performance Pet Products Spring Naturals whole grain and grain-free dry dinners have been certified low glycemic and diabetic friendly by the Glycemic Research Institute. The super-premium brand is the only made-in-the-US dog kibble to receive this accreditation, according to the company, due to its philosophy of using only real meat, poultry or fish as the #1 protein source rather than rendered meals.
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What is GMOs’ role in feeding pets and people?

Increasing numbers of humans and pets means more food scarcity. Can—and should—GMOs help?
The global population, currently at about 7.15 billion people, is forecast to grow to 9.6 billion people by 2050, leading to a 69% higher need for food calories, according to the World Resources Institute. Likewise, the world’s pet population is expected to continue to increase, with the fastest growth in places that are also experiencing the most growth in human population or demand for food, such as China and India.
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Petfood packaging round-up: The latest trends and products

Convenience and customization key in staying on top of the market
When it comes to petfood packaging, the trends of the petfood market itself have significant influence-what are pet owners looking for in petfood and treats? What do they want to see on store shelves? The answers to those questions impact what kind of packaging will hold the desired products, and right now, convenience and customization are king.
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AFIA joins coalition to push for federal GMO labeling solution

Coalition for Safe Affordable Food urging Congress to establish safety standards
The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) has announced its membership in the newly formed Coalition for Safe Affordable Food (CFSAF), joining a national effort to urge Congress to quickly seek a federal solution and establish standards for the safety and labeling of animal feed, petfood and human food and beverage products made with genetically modified ingredients. “AFIA firmly believes there should be a federal GMO labeling solution protecting consumers by ensuring the safety of both food and feed ingredients produced through the use of modern agricultural biotechnology,” said Leah Wilkinson, AFIA director of ingredients, petfood and state affairs.
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New European petfood legislation: Mind the language

Preparing a new petfood label in multiple languages in multiple European countries can be a confusing and frustrating task if you don't know the new regulations
While the impact of the new European regulations on what must be declared on a petfood label is easy to see, it may not be so obvious that their approval has also led to the establishment of a specific compliant terminology to be used in some of the label sections. Using other terms will result in wrong labeling, which can have consequences in terms of both time (negotiation with national authorities) and money (fines) (Meyer, 2013).
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