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The Ingredient Definitions Committee will be holding an online meeting on October 28th from 1:30pm-3:30pm EDT

Click the link to register here.

AAFCO releases white paper explaining risks with feeding hemp to animals and pets

As an industry organization that has been guiding state, federal and international feed regulators for more than 110 years while supporting the health and safety of people and animals, the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) provides an update on its position on the use of hemp and hemp byproducts in animal food. New information and details on an industrywide call to action are outlined at this link.

Pet Food Label Modernization Update

Please visit the Pet Food Committee site under 'Working Groups' to review the PFLM draft model regulation documents and webinar information in November, submitting comments, and tentative timeline. Comment period closes October 22, 21.

AAFCO Guidelines on Hemp in Animal Food 7/16/20

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FDA Withdraws Outdated Compliance Policy Guides on Use of Certain Animal-Derived Materials in Animal

Guidance on Obtaining Defensible Test Portions (GOOD Test Potions) has been published!

GOOD Test Portions, a supplement and companion document to GOODSamples for laboratory sampling processes has been published. GOOD Test Portions provide a scientific and systematic approach to ensure the selection of a representative test portion.

Find GOOD Test Portions at the AAFCO website: It is a free download. Please check it out!

AAFCO Ingredient Definition Process

The AAFCO definition request process starts with sharing a draft definition for your material with the AAFCO investigator listed on our regulatory page. This draft definition should be written in the same manner as other definitions in the AAFCO Official Publication. (available for 2 week trial purchase on our website for $20). The remainder of the request process is described at the beginning of chapter six in the Official Publication.

New Video Available - Veterinary Feed Directive - an Overview

Veterinary Feed Directive - an Overview Video

Starting January 1, 2017, medically important antimicrobials in medicated feed will become veterinary feed directive (VFD) drugs, and the resulting VFD feed must be authorized by a licensed veterinarian and distributed and used in compliance with the VFD regulation. Also, animal producers will no longer be able to use these VFD feeds for growth promotion or feed efficiency. This video explains these changes and provides an overview of the requirements in the VFD regulation.

More Information on Veterinary Feed Directive

The newly revised AAFCO Pet and Specialty Pet Labeling Guide is now available

The AAFCO Pet Food Committee is pleased to announce that the newly revised AAFCO Pet and Specialty Pet Labeling Guide is now available for purchase! This guide was originally developed to help control officials, industry, and other interested parties to better understand and interpret the AAFCO Model Regulations for Pet Food and Specialty Pet Food. This revised version contains valuable explanations of common labeling issues as well as label examples designed to assist the pet label reviewer or developer to follow the current AAFCO Model Regulations. Click here to order your copy.


For all the latest related to FSMA, refer to FDA’s FSMA page.  Information can be found here related to the 2 final rules, the 5 proposed rules, implementation activity, updates on webinars, fact sheets, etc.

To send FDA an electronic inquiry related to FSMA see FDA’s electronic inquiry page located here.

Follow the FDA information pages often as information and updates are being released on a regular basis.

Media Inquiries

Please contact AAFCO Headquarters at or 217-356-4221

Welcome to AAFCO

The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) is a voluntary membership association of local, state and federal agencies. Our members are charged by their local, state or federal laws to regulate the sale and distribution of animal feeds and animal drug remedies.

AAFCO: The People Behind Animal Feed and Pet Food

AAFCO is a private non-profit corporation featuring:

  • A process for defining ingredients used in animal feed and pet food.
  • A forum where state agencies, federal agencies, and industry develop uniform language that states may adopt or reference in laws.
  • Two meetings per year that include specialized trainings for members and industry.

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AAFCO Proficiency Testing Program

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