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PETFOOD INSIGHTS

David A. Dzanis, DVM, PhD, DACVN

Pet treat net content declarations:
Is count sufficient?

A proposal that would
mandate that pet treats and
chews be sold by weight has
brought up concerns from the
industry.

The National Institute of
Standards and Technology (NIST),
a part of the U.S. Department
of Commerce, is responsible for
Photo by Andrea Gantz | WATT Global Media
the establishment of technical
standards for a broad variety of
purposes. Among its reference publications
is Handbook 130 Uniform Laws and Regulations in the areas of legal metrology and fuel
quality, which along with other guidance is
widely employed by officials in determining
compliance with regulatory requirements
pertaining to net contents of packaged goods.
Working under the auspices of NIST, the
National Conference on Weights and Measures
(NCWM) recently proposed the addition of a

new definition to the handbook, namely:
2.37. Pet Treats or Chews
- Digestible chews, rawhides,
bones, biscuits, antlers or
similar type products shall be
sold by weight
The current status of
this definition is unclear,
in that it is not included in
the Uniform Packaging and
Labeling Regulation in the
2019 edition of the handbook. Nonetheless, this
proposal has been the subject
of considerable criticism
within the pet food industry,
prompting the submission of comments to
NCWM by several trade organizations as well
as the Association of American Feed Control
Officials (AAFCO).

Arguments against the
proposed definition
The main thrust of the argument against the
proposal is that it contradicts existing regulations as enforced by other government entities.
AAFCO model regulations are decidedly vague,
only stipulating the need for a statement "by
weight ... liquid measure ... or by count" without
further specifics [AAFCO PF2(a)(3)]. Cited federal
regulations include those of the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration (FDA) [21 CFR 501.8] and

Dr. Dzanis is a Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist and CEO of Regulatory Discretion Inc. He is also the author of Petfood
Industry magazine's monthly column, "Petfood Insights."

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Should consumer demands always dictate pet food’s path?
Speaking of…
News and Calendar
Lucky & Prince: Human-grade pet food at accessible prices
3 considerations of pet food facility safety
E-commerce: A growing pet product purchasing channel
5 free-from claims top sales in US pet food market
Guide to Petfood Forum China 2019
Pet chew net content declarations: Is count sufficient?
Titanium dioxide: A whitener with broad application
Taking a page from pet supplements
New Products
Marketplace
Advertiser’s Index
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Petfood Industry - July 2019 - Should consumer demands always dictate pet food’s path?
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Petfood Industry - July 2019 - Speaking of…
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Petfood Industry - July 2019 - News and Calendar
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Petfood Industry - July 2019 - Lucky & Prince: Human-grade pet food at accessible prices
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Petfood Industry - July 2019 - 3 considerations of pet food facility safety
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Petfood Industry - July 2019 - E-commerce: A growing pet product purchasing channel
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Petfood Industry - July 2019 - 5 free-from claims top sales in US pet food market
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Petfood Industry - July 2019 - Pet chew net content declarations: Is count sufficient?
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