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New Standard for Human Grade Pet Food

AAFCO has a new standard for human grade pet and specialty pet food products. This new standard, along with AAFCO’s Guidelines for “Human Grade” Claims, outline how all human grade pet food products should be manufactured in accordance with the acceptable regulations for ready-to-eat human food. The USDA Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) Livestock and Poultry Program will audit the new standard under its USDA Process Verified Program (PVP). More information, the Guidance document and AMS Checklist can be found here.

New Comprehensive Animal Feed Ingredient Submission Course

AAFCO recently launched its Comprehensive Animal Feed Ingredient Submission Course – specifically for industry.

The course has been designed for domestic and international manufacturers and distributors of ingredients used in premixes, livestock feeds and pet foods in the United States to learn more about the various ingredient approval processes. Participants are strongly encouraged to complete the online course prior to attending the in-person training. The in-person course is intended for industry and therefore limited to one regulator per state. Learn more and register here.

Important Update About Model Regulations for Pet Food and Specialty Pet Food

AAFCO's Pet Food Committee has published a draft of the proposed Model Regulations for Pet Food and Specialty Pet Food and is requesting input from feed program administrators, industry representatives, and consumers. This draft incorporates feedback and comments received earlier this year regarding nutrition facts boxes, ingredient names, safe handling and nutritional adequacy verbiage.

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Hemp as a Feed Ingredient; A National Discussion

Presented by AAFCO & NIHC
Why isn't Hemp in Animal Feed? A Discussion on Overcoming Challenges and Gaining Approval
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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.

The AAFCO Pet and Specialty Pet Labeling Guide

The AAFCO Pet and Specialty Pet Labeling Guide is 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 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 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.

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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.

Joint Open Letter Regarding Hemp in Animal Feed

Leading industry and regulatory organizations recently issued a joint open letter to state agriculture leadership.

Learn more here

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

AAFCO Headquarters Office
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Phone: 217-356-4221 --- Fax: 217-398-4119
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