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The future of
US pet food labeling
AAFCO moves forward with "modernization" efforts.
DAVID A. DZANIS, DVM, PHD, DACVN

F

or several years now, the Association
of American Feed Control Officials
(AAFCO) has been working on
regulatory changes with the goal of
improving the readability and transparency of the information as it must appear
on the pet food label. Reports on the progress
made by the four subgroups within the Pet Food
Labeling Modernization Working Group were
provided at the Pet Food Committee session at
the AAFCO meeting held on Jan. 21-23, 2020, in
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. 

Pet nutrition facts box
This subgroup has devised a means to
provide nutrition information similar to as it may

appear on a label of a food intended for human
consumption; i.e., a discrete, easily identifiable section of the label that succinctly conveys
information about nutrient and calorie content to
the consumer. Similar to a human food label, all
labels would present the information in the same
font, colors, etc., so the purchaser can locate such
information and easily compare and contrast
it with the same information on other product
labels. Guarantees in percentages, etc., as they
presently appear on labels will remain, but other
means of nutrient expression (e.g., grams per cup)
will be added. Terminology will be simplified as
well; e.g., "protein" instead of "crude protein."
After several renditions of the "Pet Nutrition
Facts Box" were made public and consumer focus

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Contents
US pet food market update: winners and losers
Speaking of…
News and Calendar
Heed Foods focuses on dog gut health to differentiate
Premium pet foods’ mass market retail success stories
Latin America pet food update: Growth in Mexico, online
Petfood Forum tackles market forces, sustainability, CBD
The future of US pet food labeling
Apple cider vinegar: Natural ingredient for pet foods?
2020 pet product sales growth hindsight
New Products
Marketplace
Advertiser’s Index
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Petfood Industry - March 2020 - US pet food market update: winners and losers
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Petfood Industry - March 2020 - News and Calendar
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Petfood Industry - March 2020 - Heed Foods focuses on dog gut health to differentiate
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