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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Sharing pet food analysis data key to avoid another DCM

One response to the DCM situation, the rise of alternative grains, may end up repeating the problem it was meant to fix.
Providing empirical data to back up nutrition claims could help pet food companies avoid another situation like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigation into canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM).
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FDA plan for pet food facility inspections post-pandemic

FDA released a report on their inspection activity during the pandemic, “Resiliency Roadmap for FDA Inspectional Oversight,” with projections for a return to normal pet food facility inspection routines.
FDA released a report on their inspection activity during the pandemic, “Resiliency Roadmap for FDA Inspectional Oversight,” with projections for a return to normal pet food facility inspection routines.
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Tips for pet food recall rehearsal and preparation

The fundamentals matter in pet food recall preparation, and the bedrock is a plan.
Data management is critical in a pet food recall program. A data-driven recall program can provide more than just a means to trace a specific lot of a certain ingredient.
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Insect-based pet foods not risk for zoonotic pandemic

A team of researchers at Ÿnsect has been working to assess potential risks from mealworm farming operations.

Approximately 60% of infections afflicting humans arose in animals, from rabies and the plague to other coronaviruses. Post-pandemic, pet food companies may look for ingredients with reduced zoonotic potential.


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UK pet food exports to EU face Brexit challenges

The Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association, United Kingdom pet food industry organization, “raised alarm bells” about the difficulty of exporting pet food to the European Union following Brexit.
To ensure continuity of trade between the U.K. and EU, in general terms, UK pet food producers who export to the EU or are planning must adapt to changes.
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Confusion over GMO corn in US pet food exports to Mexico

A decree ends importation of genetically modified corn to Mexico by 2024. However, exactly what this means for the pet food industry is uncertain. Meanwhile, landraces are losing ground to varieties developed outside corn’s Mexican homeland.
A decree ends genetically modified corn imports to Mexico by 2024. However, exactly what this means for the pet food industry is uncertain. Meanwhile, landraces are losing ground to varieties developed outside corn’s crib in Mexico.
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