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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South Korea considers new pro-animal regulations

Despite being known for dog meat farms, Korea now has growing pet ownership and pet food consumption.
New laws in South Korea promise to contribute to growing pet ownership and pet food consumption in the country, despite its reputation for dog meat farms.
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Lawsuit over Blue Buffalo dog food carbs versus wolf diet

In legal documents, Shannon Walton’s lawyers claimed her seven-year-old Labrador-Beagle mix, Tucker, “gained significant weight and now requires medical attention for canine obesity.”
A dog owner filed a class action lawsuit claiming that consumption of Blue Buffalo dog food caused her pet’s obesity.
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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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