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David A. Dzanis, DVM, PhD, DACVN

AAFCO holds annual meeting,
part 2: Pet food activities

Various sessions during
AAFCO's 2019 Annual
Meeting handled items with
repercussions in the pet food
industry. loralorik | AdobePhoto.com

T

he 2019 Annual Meeting of
the Association of American
Feed Control Officials (AAFCO)
was held Aug. 5-7 in Louisville,
Kentucky, USA. Some of the deliberations
during the Pet Food Committee session
were reported in last month's column.
However, activities during other sessions
at the AAFCO meeting also impact the pet
food industry.

General session pet-related
items
In the Association Business Meeting (aka,
the general session), several amendments
to regulations with application to pet foods

were approved by the full membership. One
clarifies that the words "Guaranteed Analysis" be expressly used as the header for
that section of the label. Another requires
that "Metabolizable Energy" or "ME" be
expressly included in the calorie content
statement. Two other amended regulations
refine the required information for probiotic
and enzyme guarantees. Many pet food
manufacturers are already in conformance
with these rules as amended, so these
changes are unlikely to have a very significant effect for most in the industry.
Also in the general session, revision to
the feed term "canned" was approved. The
change makes clear that the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration (FDA) regulations
pertaining to "low acid canned foods" are
equally applicable to items in other forms
of packaging, such as trays and pouches.
As a practical matter, this has always been
the interpretation anyway, so again, impact
on the industry should be minimal. Two
new feed terms that were rejected by the
full AAFCO membership were "slaughter"
and "common or usual."  Whether they will
return in revised form for further consideration at future meetings remains to be seen. 
Finally, the full membership agreed to
eliminate several "Statements for Uniform
Interpretation and Policy" (SUIP). As policy
and not regulations, these statements are
not amenable to effective enforcement by

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
How pet food can reduce waste, use more ingredients
Speaking of…
News and Calendar
Shameless Pets upcycles for eco-friendly dog treats
Transparency a complex issue for the pet food industry
The animal health corridor’s importance to pet food
Pet food companies give back in 2019
AAFCO holds annual meeting, Part 2: pet food activities
Whole soybeans: Why hasn’t pet food found this ingredient?
Current top trends in pet treats and chews
New Products
Marketplace
Advertiser’s Index
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Petfood Industry - November 2019 - How pet food can reduce waste, use more ingredients
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Petfood Industry - November 2019 - Speaking of…
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Petfood Industry - November 2019 - News and Calendar
Petfood Industry - November 2019 - Shameless Pets upcycles for eco-friendly dog treats
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Petfood Industry - November 2019 - Transparency a complex issue for the pet food industry
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Petfood Industry - November 2019 - The animal health corridor’s importance to pet food
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Petfood Industry - November 2019 - Whole soybeans: Why hasn’t pet food found this ingredient?
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