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states, so AAFCO is reviewing
them with the goal to move
those it can into model regulation. Those statements that were
deleted (e.g., policies re: nonprotein nitrogen and raw leather
residue) do not directly impact pet
foods. However, those remaining
will have to be reorganized, so
the familiar "Policy Statement
#27," which dictates labeling and
registration exemptions for certain
dog chews under specified conditions, will eventually be known by
a new number.

Model pet food and
specialty pet food
regulations
The Model Bills and Regulations Committee voted to accept
two proposed amendments to the
Model Pet Food and Specialty Pet
Food Regulations.
One clarifies that any exemption from the mandatory guarantees for some products is not
an all-or-none deal. For example,
an oil intended as a fatty acid
supplement may be exempt from
the requirement for crude protein
and crude fiber guarantees, since
it is neither intended nor does
it provide significant amounts
of these nutritive components.
However, a minimum crude fat
guarantee (along with guarantees
as needed to support the claims
for fatty acid content) would still
be required.
The other amendment is to
wholly delete AAFCO Regulation PF3(e). This was a "catch-all"
product naming rule that in light
of other changes to the regulations over the years was no longer
applicable. The next step for these
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proposals will be to go to the
AAFCO Board of Directors and
eventually to the full membership
for a final vote.   

Ingredient definitions
The Ingredient Definitions
Committee accepted new feed
term definitions that would
require the term "buffalo" be
expressly qualified to identify
species. The premise for this
proposal is that consumers may
be misled by the term, often 
presuming it to refer to the

Of considerable debate in the
Ingredient Definitions Committee
session was a proposal to allow
for "common names" of vitamins
be declared in the ingredient list
on pet food labels in lieu of their
technical names (e.g., "vitamin B1"
in place of "thiamine hydrochloride"). This stems from a finding in
the Pet Food Labeling Modernization focus group that consumers
preferred these simpler terms.
Although consumer understanding is of primary importance,
it should not be done in a manner

Briefly: Top 5 takeaways

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Activities during other AAFCO Annual Meeting sessions will have an
impact on the pet food industry.
In the general session, several amendments to regulations with application
to pet foods were approved by the full membership.
The Model Bills and Regulations Committee voted to accept two proposed
amendments to the Model Pet Food and Specialty Pet Food Regulations.

The Ingredient Definitions Committee accepted new feed term definitions
that would require the term "buffalo" be expressly qualified to identify
species.

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species most people in the U.S.
think of when they hear "where
the buffalo roam" or "Buffalo
Bill," when in fact, the ingredient
is often derived from a wholly
different species from Asia.
Moving forward, and assuming
the feed terms eventually will
be enacted by the full membership, the acceptable ingredient
names will be "water buffalo" and
"North American buffalo" (alternatively, "bison"). 

that would obfuscate if not eliminate critical information as to the
sources of these vitamins. Many of
those listed in the proposed table
of vitamin ingredients were not
even defined by AAFCO, while for
others there was a presumption
of nutritive equivalence between
sources when such was not the
fact. Hopefully a compromise
can be reached in which both the
common and technical names
appear on the label. ■


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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
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