Pet Food Labeling

AAFCO Compliant Pet Food Labels

Pet Labeling Services provided by an AAFCO Certified Lab. Guaranteed Testing & Analysis To Provide the Pet Food Labeling information required to be AAFCO compliant

Turnaround is approximately 10-14 business days from the time our lab receives your samples.

Pet Food Analysis is most accurate when a certified lab tests using Guaranteed Analysis to produce the required pet food analysis report. You will need to submit a sample of your dog, cat or pet food product to our lab for pet food nutrition analysis and testing.

Pet food needs to follow the food labeling guidelines of the AAFCO. The AAFCO (the Association of American Feed Control Officials) is the FDA equivalent for pet & animal food labeling. For more information about AAFCO and Pet Food Nutrition Labeling, click here.

Pet Food Labeling Services

  • Cat Food Labels
  • Dog Food Labels
  • Dog Treats Labels
  • AAFCO Label and statement
  • Guaranteed Analysis Dog Food
  • Guaranteed Analysis Pet Food

Full Service Pet Food Analysis

The test results of your pet food analysis will be the AAFCO required Guaranteed Analysis, the pet food labeling standard. our Guaranteed Analysis pet food label includes:

  • Minimum Crude Fat
  • Minimum Crude Protein
  • Maximum Fiber
  • Maximum Moisture
  • Kcal Content
  • ASH
Pet Food Labeling

Pet Food Analysis & Label

$350.00

Includes Lab Testing, AAFCO Label
with Kcal/ME

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How It Works

Step One: Call Us Pet Food Labeling

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Step Two: Fill Out Form

Fill Out Lab Information Form

After we receive your payment, we’ll email you our Lab Product Information Form.

Please fill out the form and include it with your samples.

Step Three: Ship Samples Pet Food Labeling

Ship Your Samples and Form

You will need to ship 4oz of finished product to our lab.

Fedex or UPS / 1 or 2 day air
No glass containers, please
If refrigerated, pack with cold packs
Include your completed Lab Information Form.

Step Four: We Email Results Pet Food Labeling

We’ll email your results and explanation

You’ll receive a lab report showing your results at the end of each testing point and an explanation provided by our staff Microbiologist.

Please allow 10 business days.

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What You Get

Lab Pet Food Analysis & Report

Lab Pet Food Analysis & Report

We conduct a complete lab analysis of your pet food in our certified lab. You will receive your results in a PDF file 100-gram nutrition report.

Pet Food Label Files

Pet Food Label Files

Also included is your Guaranteed Analysis pet food label

Listing minimum crude fat, minimum crude protein, maximum fiber, maximum moisture

*Files available in JPG, BMP, GIF, TIF or PNG upon request

* If you purchased a label.

Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to your questions on pet food guaranteed analysis

Who regulates dog and cat food?

The FDA & Department of Agriculture regulated dog and cat food.

What is required on a feed label?

The product Name and its brand name, the purpose statement for the feed (identifying specific species and animal classes), The guaranteed analysis statement, directions for safe and effective use (commonly known as “Feeding Directions” or “Mixing Directions”, the manufacturer’s or distributors name and address, a quantity or net weight statement in both standard and metric units

Guaranteed Analysis Testing Needs to include?

  • Metabolic Energy
  • Minimum Crude Fat:
  • Minimum Crude Protein
  • Fiber
  • Moisture
  • Ash
  • Ingredient Statement

Is pet food regulated by the FDA?

Yes, it is regulated by the FDA

What do pet food labels have to include?

Product Name, Net Quantity Statement, Manufacturer’s Name And Address, Ingredient List, Guaranteed Analysis, Nutritional Adequacy Statement, Feeding Directions, Calorie Statement, Other Label Claims

What is AAFCO?

According to their website, The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) is a voluntary membership association of local, state and federal agencies charged by law to regulate the sale and distribution of animal feeds and animal drug remedies.

What does ‘crude’ refer to in the Guaranteed Analysis?

Crude refers to the analysis method, not to the quality of the nutrient.

When would I need to list “guarantees” for nutrients beyond the required guarantees of protein, fat, fiber, and moisture?

If you are making additional claims on your pet food label, such as “high in calcium”, then you will need to include guarantees for the amounts of any nutrients that are included in your claims.

What must be included in the Guaranteed Analysis?

The only nutrients required to be listed in the Guaranteed Analysis, according to the AAFCO guidelines for pet food labeling, are:

  • The minimum percent of crude protein
  • The minimum percent of crude fat
  • The maximum percent of crude fiber
  • The maximum percent moisture

 

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Your recipes are safe with us! Your recipe and all other proprietary information remain confidential, and all clients receive a signed and dated non-disclosure agreement declaring the confidentiality of their proprietary information in our Statement of Work.

Learn More About Pet Food Labeling

Pet Food Labeling & Guaranteed Analysis

In recent years, many pet food manufacturers have been accused of misleading consumers with their labels. Some have been hiding the fact that they contain animal by-products from their labels. Others… ...
Pet food is a growing industry. Besides trying to avoid fraud or harmful ingredients, people are also becoming more invested in their pets’ wellbeing and more informed of their dog’s or cat’s unique nutritional needs and preferences. Many pet owners are seeking to satisfy these needs with new, high-quality pet food.

Pet Food Labeling Requirements

Even though your pet isn’t going to be reading a nutrition facts label anytime soon, there are still certain rules about information that must be provided on a dog food label or cat food label.  If you’re creating a new cat food or dog food, you’ll want to make sure you meet all the pet food labeling requirements – which are provided by the FDA, individual states, and the AAFCO.

Pet food is regulated differently than food for humans. In contrast to human food, where the FDA establishes extensive rules regarding nutrition labeling, there are comparatively few FDA label requirements for pet food. FDA labeling requirements demand that you display a reasonable, accurate product name; how much pet food is in the package; the manufacturer’s name and address; and list the ingredients with their correct name, in order by weight[1]. Furthermore, in addition to the federal FDA guidelines, each state has its own set of rules about pet food labeling. You will want to make sure that you comply with regulations in all the states in which you might sell your pet food.

The Association of American Feed Control Officials, or AAFCO, helps simplify this. Although this organization is independent of the government, it sets guidelines that almost all states have adopted for their own pet food labeling requirements – so by following the AAFCO’s guidelines, your cat or dog food label will either comply with the requirements in your state or exceed them[2].

Besides providing all the information outlined in the FDA label requirements, AAFCO guidelines require dog and cat food labels to contain some additional information. This includes an AAFCO statement of nutritional adequacy[3]; the metabolic energy, or ME (how many calories are in the pet food); and what’s called a “Guaranteed Analysis” for dog or cat food. A Guaranteed Analysis is basically a simple nutritional analysis for pet food. Performed in a food testing lab, the Guaranteed Analysis will let you know the amounts of protein, fat, moisture, fiber, and ash (i.e., minerals) that your pet food contains. These amounts will be displayed on your cat or dog food label, similar to a nutrition facts label on human food.

Pet Food Labeling with RL Food Testing Laboratory

RL Food Testing Laboratory can help you get the information you need to make your dog or cat food label, and to make sure you meet the labeling requirements. Our food test lab will do all the pet food testing needed to supply you with a detailed Guaranteed Analysis that meets the AAFCO label requirements – minimum crude fat and protein, maximum fiber and moisture, and ash. We will also calculate the ME (metabolic energy, or caloric statement) for your product. In addition, we’ll create an ingredients list, so that you can be confident that your ingredient statement complies with FDA and AAFCO label requirements for pet food labeling.

To get started, you can either call, email, or fill out the form on our website, or go right ahead and start filling out our Lab Information form (this would need a link to the lab information form). You’ll then send samples of your dog or cat food to our pet food testing lab for cat or dog food analysis, and as soon as testing is done – usually only two weeks – you’ll receive your results in the form of a clear, easy-to-understand report. RL Food Testing Laboratory is ready to help you get your pet food onto the shelves!

Pet Food Guaranteed Analysis

What is pet food? Pet food consists of a variety of ingredients, which varies from brand to brand, but the general idea is that it is a food supplement for your pet. The purpose of pet food brands are to keep your pets healthy and happy. We offer guaranteed analysis for dog food and dog treats as well as cat food and cat treats. We provide you with either an AAFCO dog food nutrient profile or an AAFCO cat food nutrient profile which enables you to get your AAFCO nutritional adequacy statement.

[1] https://www.fda.gov/animal-veterinary/animal-health-literacy/pet-food-labels-general

[2] https://petfood.aafco.org/Starting-a-Pet-Food-Business#regulated

[3] The AAFCO statement of nutritional adequacy on a cat or dog food label lets customers know that the cat or dog food contains all the nutrients necessary to meet the pet’s nutritional needs, and therefore can be used as the sole source of food for a cat or dog. To meet the requirements, the product must be formulated to include all these nutrients, or must undergo live animal feeding tests. RL Food Testing Laboratory does not offer this type of live test.

Pet Food Labeling with RL Food Testing Laboratory

RL Food Testing Laboratory can help you get the information you need to make your dog or cat food label, and to make sure you meet the labeling requirements. Our food test lab will do all the pet food testing needed to supply you with a detailed Guaranteed Analysis that meets the AAFCO label requirements – minimum crude fat and protein, maximum fiber and moisture, and ash. We will also calculate the ME (metabolic energy, or caloric statement) for your product. In addition, we’ll create an ingredients list, so that you can be confident that your ingredient statement complies with FDA and AAFCO label requirements for pet food labeling.

To get started, you can either call, email, or fill out the form on our website, or go right ahead and start filling out our Lab Information form (this would need a link to the lab information form). You’ll then send samples of your dog or cat food to our pet food testing lab for cat or dog food analysis, and as soon as testing is done – usually only two weeks – you’ll receive your results in the form of a clear, easy-to-understand report. RL Food Testing Laboratory is ready to help you get your pet food onto the shelves!

Frequently asked Questions about Pet Food Testing and Labeling

What do pet food labels have to include?

Is pet food regulated by the FDA?

What are the 5 food label requirements?

What is required on a feed label?

Who regulates dog and cat food?

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