Petfood Industry - March 2018 - 66
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Pet Food Committee
The Pet Food Committee
session was also very active at
the midyear meeting. The one
noncontroversial item was to add
a regulation to AAFCO Model
Regulation PF2 to stipulate the
need for calorie content statements
on all dog and cat food labels.
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One of the proposals that
was rejected by the Pet Food
Committee was a request by
the Global Alliance of Pet Food
Associations (GAPFA) to raise the
maximum allowance for vitamin
A content of foods for growth and
reproduction under the AAFCO
Dog Food Nutrient Profiles. A
review by a panel of experts
concluded that the documentation was insufficient to support a
change to the current level.
Also rejected was a proposal
by the Veterinary Oral Health
Council (VOHC) to recognize
the validity of that organization's
protocols in the AAFCO guidance for dental claims. However,
the Committee was reluctant to
reference a third party in AAFCO
documents and was concerned as
to implications such a reference
would have on enforcement where
VOHC standards may deviate
from those of AAFCO.
Lastly, a new working group
was formed to investigate and
make recommendations on Model
Regulation PF3(e). Intended as
a "catch-all" for those products'
names that did not otherwise
conform to the AAFCO naming
rules, in light of changes to the
other regulations over the years,
this one may have outlived its
There were too many outcomes
items from this meeting to cover
here. Other notable items, such
as progress on the efforts toward
"Pet Food Labeling Modernization" and further deliberation re:
"human grade" will be discussed
in upcoming columns. ■