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Pet Food Regulations

Find the latest federal, state and local regulation news and analysis from the editors of Petfood Industry magazine. Pet food regulations are set by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), which governs the production, distribution and sale of cat food, dog food and animal feeds as well as pet food labeling laws. Register for free to access premium content.

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Point/Counterpoint: Lystn raw pet food FDA warnings

In January, the FDA warned pet owners that Lystn’s A+ Answers Straight Beef Formula for Dogs tested positive for Salmonella. Lystn refuted the warning.
The FDA and a raw pet food maker disagreed about the presence of salmonella in Lystn’s A+ Answers Straight Beef Formula for Dogs.
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Lawsuit filed over Hill’s Pet Nutrition recalled dog food

The plaintiff seeks monetary compensation and an injunction to prevent Hill's from selling pet food with dangerous levels of vitamin D.
Lawyers representing dog owner John Navarrete filed a class action lawsuit against Hill's Pet Nutrition related to elevated levels of vitamin D in the pet food company’s recalled wet dog food.
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Pet food in China: new decree, how to navigate exporting

Recent regulation changes make it prudent to ensure you know everything you need to successfully export pet food products to China.
Recent feed export regulation changes make it prudent to ensure you know everything you need to successfully send pet food products to China.
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Pet food companies scrutinize suppliers to avoid slavery

Nestle Purina PetCare has taken action to ensure the freedom and welfare of the people who catch the fish used in its dog and cat foods.
One of Purina’s dog and cat food ingredient suppliers helps local indigenous communities, safeguards Alaskan cod fisheries and minds worker’s well-being on arduous sea voyages.
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#tbt Pet food recall trends: melamine to vitamin D

Over the past decades, several waves of pet food recalls have rattled the industry, including recalls related to melamine, salmonella, pentobarbital, jerky and vitamin D.
While large numbers of deaths were associated with some of the recalls, many were precautionary measures especially following implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Acts.
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