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.


Raw pet food brand sues FDA over zero Salmonella policy

The raw pet food manufacturer alleges that the federal policy of zero-tolerance for Salmonella is only a recommendation, yet results in consequences as if it were law.
A raw pet food brand company filed challenging the legality of the U.S. Food and Drug Administation enforcement of zero-tolerance Salmonella standards as beyond the agency’s powers granted by Congress.
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93 Salmonella cases likely caused by pig ear dog treats

On July 3, Pet Supplies Plus recalled bulk pig ear product distributed to all its locations by several different vendors due to the potential of Salmonella contamination.
CDC officials stated that the likely sources of the bacteria were pig ear dog treats. Officials have not identified a common supplier.
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4 reasons DCM may not result in pet food brand lawsuits

One pet food industry lawyer pointed out four reasons why prosecutors may have a hard time presenting a case against pet food companies, even the 16 dog food brands named by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Class action lawsuits may not results from cases of canine dilated cardiomyopathy correlated to certain grain-free dog foods.
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DCM: 5 brands in 58% of FDA reports, dry dog food in 86%

Dry formulations made up the majority of dog foods involved in reports of DCM submitted the FDA.
Five pet food brands accounted for nearly 58% of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) cases reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration between January 1, 2014 and April 30, 2019.
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16 dog food brands correlated to DCM by FDA: Acana #1

The FDA update provided a graph naming 17 brands eaten by dogs involved in official reports of DCM.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released an update on their investigation into canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) cases correlated to certain grain-free dog foods.
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