Pet Food Labeling

US election outcomes could affect petfood safety, labeling

When I was in Shanghai, China, a few weeks ago for Petfood Forum China and Pet Fair Asia, I was somewhat surprised by the number of people who asked about the US presidential election on November 6. I suppose I underestimated how integrated China is becoming into the global economy and political scene, and how much news from outside the country reaches its citizens despite government censorship and blocking of certain media.
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PIJAC urges California, USA, to vote down petfood labeling proposal

Proposal on November 2012 ballots would no longer processed petfoods to be labeled as "natural," Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council says.
In the elections on November 6, residents in California, USA, will have the chance to vote on a proposal that could impact petfood labeling requirements in that state. Proposition 37 is a labeling initiative aimed at providing consumers with information about "genetically engineered food," including petfood.
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Eurofins offers food allergen environmental plan implementation guide

Industry members may download free guide to understanding, implementing a Food Allergen Environmental Monitoring Plan
Eurofins has published a free guide to understanding and implementing a successful Food Allergen Environmental Monitoring Plan to aid members of the petfood industry in complying with new requirements under the Food Safety Modernization Act. Areas covered in the guide include: • Overview of allergens
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Big petfood changes to come at next AAFCO meeting?

In January, full membership will likely vote on requiring calorie content statements, while committees will review nutrient profile changes and civil penalties
From calories on petfood labels to potential changes to proof of nutritional adequacy to carbohydrate guarantees, the Association of American Feed Control Officials’ (AAFCO) annual meeting, August 3–6 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, included a number of petfood-related items in various stages of review and approval.
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Are your petfood labels accurate?

Unintentional mislabeling, especially with protein sources and gluten content, is not uncommon; here’s how to prevent it
Petfood product names and ingredients can be key factors in a consumer’s decision to buy a particular product. For example, some pet owners may try to avoid gluten or certain protein sources in a petfood to help prevent allergic reactions in their pets; those who remember the melamine-related recalls of 2007 may still scan ingredient labels for the presence of wheat or wheat gluten.
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Petfood product development: good and bad for consumers

Continued development of natural, premium, functional and wellness products helps the industry and pet owners, but some experts see a downside
“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” At the heart of that tried and true saying is the philosophy that nearly every problem can become an opportunity—a concept that businesspeople, including those in our industry, know well.
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DDW video adresses how 'clean label' relates to consumers

David Schmidt, CEO of International Food Information Council Foundation, featured in DDW "Expert Answers" series
The term "clean label" is increasingly being used by petfood manufacturers and marketers and in new product development. So, David Schmidt, president and CEO, International Food Information Council Foundation, addressed the question of "how does 'clean label' relate to consumers?" during a video interview for DDW’s “Expert Answers” series.
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Vet offers consumer tips for reading petfood ingredient labels

Ingredient weight percentage requirements explained for different petfoods
In a recent Huffington Post blog, Donna Solomon, a veterinarian at the Animal Medical Center of Chicago, Illinois, USA, says she believes the best pet owners are those that are well-informed about pet care and pet nutrition, so she offers some consumer tips for reading petfood labels. Solomon says that, according to regulations, if a product name includes a meat, poultry or fish ingredient with no descriptor words after it, like "nugget" or "dinner," that ingredient must represent 95 percent of the petfood's total product weight, not including water, or, the ingredient must represent 70 percent of the product weight if it includes water. 
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FDA member addresses FSMA requirements for petfood safety

Dr. Daniel McChesney of the Food and Drug Administration spoke at Petfood Forum about timelines, requirements for the new law
At Petfood Forum 2012, Daniel G. McChesney, PhD, director of the Office of Surveillance and compliance, Center for Veterinary Medicine, US Food and Drug Administration , spoke to petfood and treat manufacturers and petfood ingredient suppliers about necessary requirements and timelines for compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act. Dr. McChesney told his audience that the main themes of the food safety law are prevention; inspections, compliance and response; enhanced partnerships; and import safety.
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Petfood industry critic challenges FDA consumer education video

FDA video offers information to consumers on regulation of petfood ingredients, labels
A recently released video from the US Food and Drug Administration aimed at educating consumers about petfood is now being challenged by a petfood industry critic, who posted her own video challenging the US Food and Drug Administration’s claims. The six-minute video from the US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, “FDA and Pet Food,” informs consumers of the information required by law to be included on petfood packaging, such as a petfood ingredients list that uses the “common or usual” name for each ingredient.
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