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INSIGHTS

David A. Dzanis, DVM, PhD, DACVN

AAFCO holds annual meeting,
part 1: Pet Food Committee

The Pet Food Committee
at AAFCO's 2019 Annual
Meeting tackled topics such
as changes to specialty pet
food regulations, pet food
labeling and successes at
recent trade show events.
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T

he 2019 Annual Meeting of the
Association of American Feed
Control Officials (AAFCO) was
held Aug. 5-7, 2019, in Louisville,
Kentucky, USA. As always, there
was a flurry of activity and spirited
discussion during the Pet Food
Committee session. Notwithstanding the large
number of items on the agenda, though, few
definitive decisions were reached.

Proposed changes and eliminations
Several proposed changes to the Model Pet
Food and Specialty Pet Food Regulations were
discussed but no actions were taken at the meeting.
One proposal would revise the feeding trial

protocols and associated regulations to account for
the unique nutritional requirements for growth of
large size dogs. This proposal would address the
same issue as the revisions to the AAFCO Dog Food
Nutrient Profiles did a few years ago. For feeding
trials, though, a practical consideration is that there
is a paucity of large breed dog colonies available to
test products for nutritional adequacy. The proposed
alternative to a feeding trial using a suitably large
breed, then, would be to conduct the feeding trial
using a more available albeit smaller breed, but
with the provision that the food must also meet the
calcium and phosphorus restrictions as stipulated in
the Profiles for growth of large size dogs.
The other proposals would affect the product
naming rules and ingredient percentage claims.
These proposals will be further discussed and
likely voted on during the Committee teleconference in the coming month or so. 
A proposal coming from the Model Bills and
Regulations Committee (MBRC) would eliminate Statement for Uniform Interpretation and
Policy (SUIP) #27, which provides exemption from
labeling and registration requirements for certain
dog chew products under specified conditions.
The goal of MBRC is to move many of the current
SUIPs into more enforceable formats. It would
be relatively straightforward to work the labeling
exemptions from SUIP #27 into the Model Pet
Food Regulations, but the registration exemption would present a much greater challenge. The
proposal was sent back to MBRC for further work.

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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Contents
Grain-free pet food backlash: the influences and irony
Speaking of…
News and Calendar
Raised Right Pets: Human-grade pet food with a purpose
Functional pet food ingredients evolve with market demands
Singapore’s cat ban, one-dog policy bite pet food market
Emerging breakthroughs in pet microbiome research
AAFCO holds annual meeting, Part 1: Pet Food Committee
Coconut meal for dog and cat diets: Is this a good option?
Puppy and kitten formula pet foods deserve a revival
New Products
Marketplace
Advertiser’s Index
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Petfood Industry - October 2019 - Grain-free pet food backlash: the influences and irony
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Petfood Industry - October 2019 - Speaking of…
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Petfood Industry - October 2019 - News and Calendar
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