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.


#tbt Pet food recall trends: melamine to vitamin D

Over the past decades, several waves of pet food recalls have rattled the industry, including recalls related to melamine, salmonella, pentobarbital, jerky and vitamin D.
While large numbers of deaths were associated with some of the recalls, many were precautionary measures especially following implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Acts.
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Recalled dog foods had up to 70 times intended vitamin D

On December 3, the F.D.A. has issued a warning to consumers about the numerous dog food recalls related to excessive levels of vitamin D.
F.D.A. scientists have evaluated samples of some of these products, and state and private lab test results indicate that the food contained as much as approximately 70 times the intended amount of vitamin D.
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Mars sues after alleged scale error ruins pet food

In November, Mars Petcare filed a lawsuit against J.A. King & Company over alleged miscalibration of scales at a Henderson, North Carolina, U.S.A. pet food facility in August 2017.
That alleged failure resulted in the production of pet food that did not meet acceptable specifications.
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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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