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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Japan pet industry prepares for new regulations

One new ordinance will limit sales of pets online; meanwhile, pet food sales saw modest growth.
New government regulations for the Japanese pet industry include one limiting sales of pets online, but that doesn’t seem to affect pet food sales growth.
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CBD not GRAS for lack of nutritional benefit evidence

CBD differs from other hemp products in that researchers have not established any specific nutritional use or benefit from CBD.
To achieve recognition as generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials, pet food ingredients must meet specific requirements, beyond simply being safe.
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How CBD pet product brands avoid federal warnings

CBD pet product brands must follow specific guidelines when marketing and labeling their products.
In the CBD pet products arena, the president of the National Animal Supplement Council has noted misconceptions about the legal nature of the chemical along with other products derived from hemp.
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29 DCM articles, blogs on Petfood Industry in 2019

In 2019, canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) dominated Petfood Industry’s readers’ interest, as measured by page views.
From January to December 2019, these 29 news articles, blogs, features and press releases directly related to canine dilated cardiomyopathy, industry and public reactions or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s investigation into correlations among the disease and certain pet food formulations.
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35 lawsuits combine over Hill’s vitamin D dog food recall

A Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated 35 lawsuits against Hill’s Pet Nutrition into a single federal legal action.
The United States District Court in Kansas City, Kansas will hear the case, likely due to its proximity to Hill’s headquarters and production facilities.
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CBD ‘boom’ brings pet product regulatory issues to light

As more players enter the CBD game in pet products, established and new companies alike work to navigate nebulous legality and regulatory compliance.
Established and new pet food companies alike do their best to navigate nebulous legality and regulatory compliance issues, as more players enter the CBD pet products game.
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13 CBD pet product companies warned by FDA

On November 25, the FDA announced that it sent warning letters to the CBD product makers.
Thirteen companies making cannabidiol (CBD) products for pets were among the 15 warned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that their sales of pet and human products containing CBD violated the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act).
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