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AAFCO Dog Nutrient Profiles

What is AAFCO?
The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) is made up of animal control officials from each state and territories, federal agencies (like the FDA) and government representatives. Local, state and federal feed regulatory officials have work to develop uniform laws, regulations and policies. AAFCO is not a government agency, but AAFCO recommendations have become the foundation for most state laws and regulations for all animal feeds. AAFCO members meet to amend the AAFCO Model Pet Food Regulations to address new information and issues related to pet foods and nutrition.

WHAT IS AN AAFCO STATEMENT?

The "nutrition claim" or "AAFCO statement of nutritional adequacy or purpose" is a statement that indicates the food is complete and balanced for a particular life stage, such as growth, or if the food does not meet the complete and balanced requirements than it is intended for intermittent or supplemental feeding only. Under AAFCO regulations, this statement must be substantiated by the state and the pet food manufacturer.

  

Complete and Balanced Formulation: 

Formulation: If a pet food has been formulated to contain every nutrient the pet needs as specified in the AAFCO Dog Food (or Cat Food) Nutrient Profiles, which are based on the nutritional recommendations of the National Research Council (NRC) for dogs and cats. While the AAFCO Nutrient Profiles list the "minimum" levels (and some maximum levels), pet food manufacturers can formulate and market their products for a specific life stage, provided the nutritional profile of the pet food still meets the levels specified in the appropriate AAFCO Nutrient Profile.


WHAT DOES "ALL LIFE STAGES" MEAN?

A pet food with an "All Life Stages" claim can be used if the feed meets all of the nutrient requirements of both Growth & Reproduction and Adult Maintenance as listed in the AAFCO Nutrient Profiles. 

"Hi-Standard Ultimate Chicken Meal & Rice Formula Dog Food is forumlated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food nutrient profiles for all life stages."

 

For more information about AAFCO visit their site at http://www.aafco.org or check out some of the great online resources like http://www.petmd.com.

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