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REGULATORY
MAKING SENSE OF
LABEL APPROVAL
Experts weigh in on how to make a detailed process a bit easier.
By Allison Gibeson | petfoodprocessing@sosland.com
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Navigating the approval process for pet food labels can
be complex and time consuming. Documenting any
claims, keeping the callouts on the label and packaging
simple, and following rules set by the Association
of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) will help
manufactures avoid difficulties in receiving approval,
according to industry leaders.
Susan Hays, executive director of AAFCO,
Champaign, Ill., emphasized the importance of using
AAFCO's resources at every step of the process. She said
reviewing the AAFCO Model Bill and Regulations along
with the Model Regulations for Pet Food and Specialty
Pet Food, which are both found in the AAFCO Official
Publication, are important before beginning the process.
Reviewing state requirements
is also important as
some states require registration and licenses. Hays recommended
attending an AAFCO training session and
reaching out to state feed control officials for questions.
Hays said to streamline efforts, companies should
make sure they review and understand the AAFCO Pet
Food and Specialty Pet Food Labeling Guide at the beginning
of the process.
Additionally, Hays said reviewing the AAFCO Pet
Food Regulations Label Review Checklist is a way for
manufacturers to make sure they send in the correct
completed packets and forms. She said companies
should use the checklist to verify they are following
the application's directions and to double-check that
any labels submitted are legible. It's important any
additional documentation that may be required is
included with an application, such as documentation
for human-grade claims.
" The amount of new and revised labels we have to review
each year takes a great deal of time, " Hays said. " I
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Everything from the
ingredient list to
brand claims should
be thoroughly
scrutinized before
finalizing and
printing pet food
and treat labels.
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