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.


Slave fishing lawsuits against pet foods dismissed

Judges dismissed class action lawsuits against pet food companies over alleged use of fish caught by forced laborers.
The lawsuits against Nestle Purina, Mars Petcare and Big Heart Pet Brands (J.M. Smucker) arose after reports documented the lives of Southeast Asian men enslaved on Thai fishing vessels.
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FSMA inspectors want ‘why’ of pet food safety plan

Pet food facility employees should know and be able to explain the reasoning behind all the steps in an animal feed safety plan.
While pet food facility workers may know the physical steps of a food safety plan, they may not have been fully trained on the reasoning behind each action.
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Pentobarbital may be wider pet food ingredient problem

The director of the Center for Veterinary Medicine in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration noted new evidence that the problem may be more pervasive than originally thought.
The resurgence of recalls and dog illnesses related to pentobarbital contamination of pet foods surprised one F.D.A. official.
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New China pet food regulations: What importers should know

Stronger regulations instituted by the Chinese government could affect registration requirements for international pet food companies doing business with the country.
International pet food companies doing business with China may be affected by recent regulatory changes instituted by the country's government.
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