Pet Food Product Labeling News

The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) meeting in January 2018 considered and approved new regulations to allow carbohydrate claims on pet food labels. This is BIG news as pet food manufacturers have done nothing in the past to specifically list or describe or quantify carbohydrate content of their pet food products.

I’m not getting overly excited, because the approved proposal allows for comparison labeling only – such as “ % less carbohydrates than (fill in the blank).”   The regulation does spell out the claim must be supported by guarantees for maximum starch and sugar content.

I am encouraged as this seems to be progress.  The pet food industry has recognized pet guardians are reading labels and making purchasing decisions with carbohydrate content as a factor.

Pet Food Industry; vol 60, number 3; March 2018;