AAFCO’s New Widespread Meals Index – Fact about Pet Meals


There are substances utilized in pet meals that don’t essentially require a authorized definition. ‘Apple’ as instance. Apple is a standard meals, a well-recognized meals that doesn’t require a authorized definition. The Affiliation of American Feed Management Officers (AAFCO) have launched their listing of authorized widespread meals, substances that can be utilized in pet meals/animal feed with out a authorized definition.

Pet house owners can Click on Right here to obtain the AAFCO Widespread Meals Index.

However as with something in pet meals, it’s not so simple as they make you consider.

The authorized definition of a Widespread Meals‘ is:

Widespread meals are outlined as: “Meals objects commercially out there and appropriate to be used in animal meals however will not be outlined by AAFCO, together with however not restricted to sure entire seeds, greens, or fruits. Widespread meals for animals might embrace widespread human meals which are identified to be secure for the supposed use in animal meals. Producers are chargeable for figuring out whether or not a standard meals is secure and has utility for its supposed use previous to business distribution as animal meals.”

The AAFCO “Widespread Meals Index Coverage Pointers” states:

“These widespread meals should align with the feed time period Widespread Meals within the Feed Phrases and Definitions inside Chapter 6 of the AAFCO Official Publication. The CFI is just not an alternative choice to the AAFCO course of for brand new feed ingredient definitions; Chapter 6 of the Official Publication, alone, incorporates the formally acknowledged feed ingredient definitions.”

So in simply these two quotes – now we have AAFCO referencing these substances as “meals“, “animal meals” and “feed“. So what are they – feed or meals?

The reply: they are often both high quality (with out disclosure to the buyer).

The important thing for pet house owners to know ingredient high quality of widespread meals is six little phrases included in AAFCO’s Widespread Meals definition…

“appropriate to be used in animal meals”

Appropriate to be used in animal meals means any high quality of ingredient is allowed. Beneath is a display shot picture of an AAFCO assembly minutes from 2016 when the definition of feed grade and appropriate to be used in animal meals was authorized.

Please discover that the authorized definition of Feed Grade states that substances conform to federal legislation (meals) until they’re allowed to not (feed).

Additionally please discover that the authorized definition of Human Grade has no related wording, substances are required to be human edible and ONLY human edible.

Thus, AAFCO’s new Widespread Meals Index permits producers to listing a standard meals on the label – equivalent to “Apple” – with out disclosing to customers if the ingredient is a meals or an inferior high quality feed (equivalent to an apple such as you purchase on the grocery or rotting apples rejected to be used as human meals).

AAFCO claims their new Widespread Meals Index is “offering transparency“, however does it? Is is transparency when customers/pet house owners will not be knowledgeable on a pet meals label if the ingredient is meals or feed? Is it transparency when all substances are labeled the identical (‘apple’) when they’re allowed to be dramatically totally different in high quality?

Fortunately, now we have federal legislation on our aspect. Federal legislation requires transparency with widespread meals names, not permitting two totally different classifications of a standard meals to make use of the identical title (legislation quoted beneath in our message to AAFCO).

AAFCO is asking for enter on their Widespread Meals Index. Beneath is what we supplied to AAFCO:


Title 21, Chapter 1, Subchapter E, Half 502.5 Basic Ideas (a) states: “The widespread or common title of a meals, which can be a coined time period, shall precisely establish or describe, in as easy and direct phrases as doable, the fundamental nature of the meals or its characterizing properties or substances. The title shall be uniform amongst all similar or related merchandise and might not be confusingly just like the title of another meals that isn’t fairly encompassed inside the similar title. Every class or subclass of meals shall be given its personal widespread or common title that states, in clear phrases, what it’s in a manner that distinguishes it from totally different meals.”

AAFCO’s authorized definition of widespread meals states “Meals objects commercially out there and appropriate to be used in animal meals…” As a result of animal meals/animal feed is supplied with the power to make the most of substances labeled as ‘appropriate to be used in animal meals’ – AAFCO permits a subclass of meals. Federal legislation requires every class or subclass to be given its personal widespread or common title to tell apart it from totally different meals.

We ask AAFCO to incorporate inside the Widespread Meals Index the acceptable to be used in animal meals subclass. Corresponding to ‘apple’ – which might be the true widespread title of meals grade/edible and ‘feed grade apple’ – which might be the subclass.

With out this disclosure on pet meals labels, pet meals customers are being misled into believing that apples are apples – when in pet meals/feed all apples (and all different substances appropriate to be used in animal meals) will not be required to be the identical because the meals we’re accustomed to.


Will AAFCO abide by federal legislation or will they ignore it? Time will inform.

Pet house owners are inspired to ship AAFCO their feedback. Please ship your remark by June 2, 2023 (and please be respectful). You’ll be able to submit your message Right here.

Wishing you and your pet(s) the perfect,

Susan Thixton
Pet Meals Security Advocate
Creator Purchaser Beware, Co-Creator Dinner PAWsible
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