|Pet Food Labeling Requirements|
Pet food labeling and advertising claims are regulated by the federal government and by the states. The Food and Drug Administration and Federal Trade Commission evaluate pet food product claims at the federal level and take action against products that make claims that are untruthful or misleading.
Most states require that pet food labels be registered and approved, and enforce requirements developed by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). In addition to including routine information such as net weight and name of the manufacturer, pet food labels are required to:
Under AAFCO regulations a pet food label may not express or imply any claim that a product is complete, perfect, scientific, balanced, etc. unless: 1. it is designed for all life stages (growth, adult maintenance, and gestation/lactation) or 2. the product is labeled as for one or more specific life stage.