Articles by David A. Dzanis, DVM, PhD, DACVN

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AAFCO votes on specialty foods, more

During its meeting in "sunny" California, AAFCO also considered calorie statements, a wheat gluten definition and other issues
The  Association of American Feed Control Officials  (AAFCO) "mid-year" meeting was held on January 19-21 in Redondo Beach, California, USA (near Los Angeles). The meeting started with a general session, which for many years has been held only during the summer annual meetings.
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Petfood news from FDA

While we're waiting for word on key issues, FDA has recently made some petfood-related announcements
Many in the industry have been eagerly waiting for news from the  US Food and Drug Administration  (FDA) on a variety of petfood-related matters. Despite the lack of news on those issues, FDA has announced several items on its website that affect petfood.
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Color my world

FDA proposes new color additive regulations
In November 2009, the  US Food and Drug Administration  (FDA) published a proposal regarding the declaration of color additives on animal feed (including petfood) labels. The proposed amendment to Title 21 Code of Federal Regulations Section 501.22 ( Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 224, pp. 61068-61074 ) would add a subsection (k) to incorporate these labeling changes as mandated by the  Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990  (NLEA).
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Ethoxyquin redux

The most recent public concern is that ethoxyquin may have been incorporated through ingredients
I was with the  US Food and Drug Administration  (FDA) in the early 1990s when the debate regarding the preservative ethoxyquin was at its peak, so I became intimately involved with the issue. The controversy never totally went away, but lately there has been a resurgence of discussion and concern among the pet-owning public, particularly pertaining to the presence of undeclared ethoxyquin in petfood formulations.
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What do AAFCO GMPs mean for petfood?

These new regulations will be the first to apply to all animal feeds and petfoods
After years of deliberation, the  Association of American Feed Control Officials  (AAFCO) passed its Model Good Manufacturing Practice Regulations for Feed and Feed Ingredients at its annual meeting in August. The new regulations will apply to all commercial feeds, including petfoods. 
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AAFCO marks 100th year, passes new regulations

New model GMP regulations will have the greatest impact on petfood
In August the  Association of American Feed Control Officials  (AAFCO) commemorated its 100th anniversary with its annual meeting, held in Washington, DC, USA, the same location     as the first meeting in 1909. The meeting included events to mark the milestone, the introduction of a new AAFCO logo and important votes, such as passage of several new model regulations.
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What does the Reportable Food Registry mean for petfood?

The mandatory system is intended to help FDA quickly track patterns of adulteration
In August, during the 100th anniversary meeting of the  Association of American Feed Control Officials  (AAFCO), held in Washington, DC, USA, a topic of imminent importance to the petfood industry came up for discussion: implementation of the  US Food and Drug Administration  (FDA) Reportable Food Registry. 
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NASC holds annual meeting

The National Animal Supplement Council is trying to address serious regulatory hurdles

Many in the petfood industry are aware of the  National Animal Supplement Council  (NASC) from its participation at the  Association of American Feed Control Officials  (AAFCO) meetings over the past number of years. However, some readers may not be wholly familiar with the organization's goals and strategies as they pertain to pet products.


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The GRAS is always greener

GRAS notifications for ingredients in petfood are now accepted by the FDA
Recently the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it will begin accepting generally recognized as safe (GRAS) notifications for ingredients for use in animal feed and petfood. Some people in the petfood industry hailed this as a positive step. Why? What does it mean for petfood?
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New BSE rules will affect petfoods

FDA's enhanced feed ban will likely affect rendered ingredients used in petfoods
US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations to help mitigate the risk of possible transmission of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE or "mad cow disease') among cattle in the US have been in place since 1997. These rules do not have much direct impact on the formulation, processing or labeling of petfoods compared to other segments of the animal feed     industry.
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