Commercial Pet Food

The commercial pet food in North America is regulated by the AAFCO – The Association of American Feed Control Officials. For an in depth description of its history and exact role, read “Deconstructing the Regulatory Facade: Why Confused Consumers Feed Their Pets Ring Ding and Krispy Kremes”.

The AAFCO prints an annual publication called “Official Publication” where you can find the definitions of the ingredients on pet food labels. The publication is quite pricey, I ordered it for $75US.

The text in Italics is my point of view and/or conclusion.

Here are the AAFCO regulation regarding pet foods.

Chapter 4 – Model Regulations for Pet Food and Specialty Pet Food under the Model Bill

Regulation PF3. Brand and Product Names
Regulation PF4. Expression of Guarantees
Regulation PF5. Ingredients
Guidelines for Tartar Control Claims

Testing Cat Food
Adult Maintenance Claim

Chapter 6 – Feed Terms and Ingredient Definitions

9. ANIMAL PRODUCTS
33. FATS AND OILS
48. MAIZE (CORN)

51. MARINE PRODUCTS

There is a lot of helpful information in this publication so please feel free to contact me if there is something you would like more details on.