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

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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Update on chicken jerky treats

FDA releases latest information, but not the only determining factor in products’ fate
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has provided updated information on the continuing saga of suspected contamination of "jerky"-type dog treats, primarily made from chicken and typically manufactured in China. Coincidentally, at least two major pet retailers have recently announced their commitments to stop selling pet treats manufactured in China.
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FDA’s war on Salmonella: Beyond petfoods

Regulating other pet products and the animals themselves to ensure consumer safety
The noteworthy number of recalls of petfoods over the past few years speaks to the seriousness to which FDA views this matter. As further evidence of FDA’s commitment to the fight against this microorganism and its potential for exposure to people, it also regulates other potential sources of Salmonella in pet products as well as the pets themselves.
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Dog food logic

Insightful advice for consumers (and industry!)
Those who know me are aware that I am rarely inclined toward the use of superlatives. On this occasion, however, I will definitively opine that Dog Food Logic: Making Smart Decisions for Your Dog in an Age of Too Many Choices by Linda P. Case, MS (Dogwise Publishing, 2014) is the most compelling book I have ever read on the subject.
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