US REGULATORS

SIGN PETITION:
Make all food safe and healthy human grade (no fillers).  Disclose all brands.  Disclose all ingredients.
 Ban use of animal testing

PET FOOD INDUSTRY (PFI)
Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO)

 Pet Food Industry Online (PFI):

Pet food industry unites in crisis
(May 17)

Timeline of the industry's response to the pet food recall

March 16 Initial recall announced by Menu Foods of certain canned "in gravy" products; PFI notifies members and develops key talking points, putting scope of recall into perspective.
 
March 17 PFI issues release on recall.
 
March 21 PR working group formed by PFI to develop materials and manage public communications on recall.
 
March 23 New York Commissioner of Agriculture announces finding of aminopterin in pet food, which is later disproved. PFI issues release reassuring consumers.
 
March 27 PFI hires Levick Strategic Communications.
 
March 30 FDA announces finding of melamine in the pet food ingredient wheat gluten, as well as finished pet food products; confirms wheat gluten was imported from China. Numerous recalls follow.
 
April 6 PFI's initial survey finds consumers think pet foods are safe and will continue to buy their brand.

April 12 PFI places full-page ads in The Washington Post and USA Today in the form of an open letter to consumers. PFI announces formation of the National Pet Food Commission. Ekedahl testifies before Congress on the recall.

April 16 Recalls begin related to the second contaminated ingredient.

April 26 PFI issues letter to US Trade Representative and FDA commissioner urging them to determine how melamine found its way into simple ingredients for pet food.

Below are articles written about AAFCO or PFI collected for information/Resource Use:

AAFCO Dog Food Standards

Cat Food Standards by the AAFCO
AAFCO'S REQUIRED TESTING

AAFCO labeling
Understanding Food Labels and AAFCO Statements
Order AAFCO Publications
AAFCO Feeding Trials
Glossary - AAFCO Definition - Cat Food Labels - Natural

Eric Nelson, AAFCO say their turds are whipped cream, FDA spoon feeds it to the public

The AAFCO is a private company. They are not subject to FOIA requests, oversight, or anything else. Their purpose is to control legislation and regulatory agencies to the exclusive benefit of feed manufacturers.

Abbriviations Used
AAFCO= American Association of Feed Control Officers
AAFS=FDA’s Animal Feed Safety System
CVM=FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine
Benz= Dr. Sharon Benz, CVM/FDA
MOU=A memorandum of understanding is a legal document describing a bilateral agreement between parties. (definition from WIKI)
Nelson= Mr. Eric Nelson President, AAFCO

Who Regulates the Pet Food Industry? http://iml.jou.ufl.edu/projects/Spring04/Perhach/PetFood/Regulation.htm

Who Regulates the Pet Food Industry Article was written by The Animal Advocate, William D. Cusick

At this time the pet food industry is "governed" by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO).

Labels should be standardized so that they are readable and understandable by the average pet owner. Ingredients used in commercial pet foods should also meet set standards. The control of this industry should go back to state and federal agencies. I believe that state and federal laws dealing with human food products can be extended to include pet food products ... then these laws must be assigned to the proper state and federal agencies to be enforced. We should be able to buy pet foods that come from manufacturing facilities that are licensed and regulated by government agencies who are there to protect both the buyers and consumers of the products produced at those facilities.

Regulation of Pet Food 

NEXUS: Pet Food Industry Practices  Extracted from Nexus Magazine, Volume 10, Number 5 (August-September 2003)

A Market Analysis of the US Pet Food Industry to Determine New Opportunities for the Cranberry Industry  (May 17) (PDF)
The report begins with an overview of the pet food industry. ... The pet food industry is a $14.7 billion industry, which has been experiencing growth ...

The Cranberry Industry needs to increase demand for its product....The use of cranberries in pet food is not new.  Cats targeted due to their high instances of urinary tract problems.  Some manufacturers also add cranberries to bird feed.