Pet food labeling – How do we communicate nutrition to consumers?

Learn about the various pathways in pet food labeling, and where the line is between what should be conveyed and what often is conveyed.

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Accurately conveying pet nutrition information to customers is vital to building trust.
Accurately conveying pet nutrition information to customers is vital to building trust.
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Nutritional science is not dietetics (choosing of foods for health), but it is the study of nutrients upon health, performance and optimum life. Nutritional principles have always been very difficult to convey in soundbites to consumers. Unlike pet food products, all humans must build their own daily nutritional regimen from a variety of sources and choices. Most often these decisions lead to imbalanced, under-fortified end results (built for taste with high sugar, starch and salt). This is not the case for pet foods, which are built to meet the nutrient profiles as set forth by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) to claim β€œcomplete and balanced” or β€œ100% nutritious.”

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