About Pet Food

Is there any self-regulation by pet food manufacturers?

Answer: Yes, there is self-regulation by pet food manufacturers, generally through compliance with standards imposed or recommended by pet food trade organizations of which they are members. Many companies voluntarily commit to higher quality standards than currently required by law to ensure their pet food…

How are dietary supplements for animals regulated?

Answer: For animals, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) regulates two classes of products: food and drugs. Depending on the intended use, an animal dietary supplement is considered either a food or drug. There is no separate category for…

Recommendations on Selecting Pet Foods

Factual information must be provided on pet food labels but it is important to be aware that the label is also a promotional tool to attract pet owners. This means that much of the information provided – including the ingredient list and use of unregulated…

What is the nutritional adequacy statement and why is it on a pet food label?

Answer: Nutritional adequacy has been defined by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) by establishing nutritional criteria (minimums and in some cases, maximums) for essential nutrients for dogs and cats. These AAFCO recommendations of nutritional adequacy are called the AAFCO Dog and Cat…