USA- The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) received unanimous support from the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) for its revised Model Regulations for Pet Food and Specialty Pet Food during NASDA’s Winter Policy Conference on February 7. 

This endorsement marks a significant milestone in the efforts to enhance transparency and clarity in pet food labeling across the United States.

The Model Regulations for Pet Food and Specialty Pet Food, an eight-year endeavor by AAFCO, aims to provide consumers with clearer information about pet food formulas, commonly known as pet food label modernization (PFLM). 

Approved by AAFCO in July 2023, these regulations have been subject to rigorous scrutiny and collaboration to ensure they meet the needs of both consumers and industry stakeholders.

Austin Therrell, executive director of AAFCO, emphasized the importance of collaboration and innovation in safeguarding animal health. 

He highlighted AAFCO’s commitment to supporting state regulatory programs as they adopt the model regulations, which are designed to enhance transparency and provide clearer information on pet food packaging.

In light of NASDA’s support, state feed regulatory programs are encouraged to swiftly and uniformly adopt the model regulations, while also respecting individual states’ legal authorities and regulatory processes. 

NASDA President, Blayne Arthur, stressed the significance of clear and understandable pet food labels, emphasizing the importance of informed decision-making for pet owners.

To facilitate a smooth transition, NASDA encourages collaboration between feed regulatory programs and pet food processors and distributors within their states. 

The recommended six-year transition period allows for the distribution and sale of pet food products that comply with either current state regulations or the new model regulations.

NASDA’s commitment to transparent and consistent pet food labeling across the United States reflects its dedication to ensuring the health and well-being of pets. The organization looks forward to continued collaboration with AAFCO and industry representatives to uphold high standards in pet food regulation and consumer information.

The endorsement by NASDA underscores the collective effort to improve pet food labeling practices, ultimately benefiting both consumers and their beloved pets. With a focus on transparency and clarity, these regulations aim to empower pet owners to make informed choices about the nutrition and well-being of their furry companions.

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