ATPF’s Place Assertion on Low Copper Pet Meals – Reality about Pet Meals


At the newest AAFCO assembly, trade strongly objected to a proposal to permit pet meals to fabricate a lowered copper content material pet meals. AAFCO agreed to desk the dialogue solely till the subsequent assembly in January 2024.

Because of the robust objection by trade (presumably influencing AAFCO), we despatched the next place assertion to AAFCO’s Pet Meals Committee on 8/8/23.


Affiliation for Reality in Pet Meals believes there’s a important want for canine and cat meals that embrace a voluntary copper most assure, labeled as Low Copper.

There was an increase in instances of copper storage illness, being seen by each the pet proudly owning public and training veterinarians. Together with these will increase of sick pets, pet house owners and veterinarians have realized AAFCO has not established a required most for copper. These stakeholders of pet meals usually discover it troublesome, if not not possible, to acquire the precise copper stage of their pet’s meals (or really helpful model) as many producers refuse to reveal this info.

We imagine that the descriptive time period ‘Low Copper’ aligns with different allowed label phrases; Low Calorie, Low Fats. Nonetheless, we be aware that present AAFCO rules don’t permit a ‘Low Carbohydrate’ declare, as an alternative permitting a ‘Much less or Lowered’ carbohydrate declare. Ought to AAFCO decide {that a} ‘Lowered Copper’ label declare is extra applicable, we might not object to this time period.

We’re conscious that AFIA and PFI argued in opposition to this descriptive time period being allowed on any pet meals, a part of their reasoning was some shoppers would possibly assume the ‘Low Copper’ or ‘Lowered Copper’ label declare has therapeutic ranges of copper (equivalent to under AAFCO minimal). As a way to higher inform pet house owners and veterinarians, we advise the Assured Evaluation assertion of copper minimal and most embrace an asterisk that notes ‘This pet meals doesn’t embrace therapeutic ranges of copper.’

We encourage the AAFCO Pet Meals Committee to approve the voluntary descriptive time period ‘Low Copper’ or ‘Lowered Copper’ no later than the January 2024 assembly.


We encourage any pet proprietor that needs to have an choice for decrease copper stage (assured) pet meals, please ship AAFCO a message. Pet house owners can message AAFCO right here: https://www.aafco.org/contact/.

Wishing you and your pet(s) the very best,

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