Pet Food Testing & Analysis

AAFCO Compliant Pet Food Guaranteed Analysis

Pet Food Guaranteed Testing & Analysis in the RLFT Certified Lab provides 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 Testing Services

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

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
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General Information On Pet Food Testing

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 have been using terms on their label such as “natural” and “premium” when these criteria are not a requirement on the label. As a pet owner, what can you do to ensure that your pet is eating a high quality diet?

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.

Pet food often contains a guaranteed analysis label on its packaging. It usually specifies at least six or seven important nutrients including protein, fat, fiber, moisture content, and more.

Pet food changes coming in first AAFCO meeting of 2020

Pet food labels can provide a wealth of information regarding the quality and nutritional value of a pet’s diet, but even specialists can find it difficult to weed through all of the tin foil and cardboard boxes that sit on shelves at pet stores. In order to help pet owners better understand their choices for pet food, this article will discuss labeling specifics, as well as what pet owners should look for in a healthy diet. One of the best aspects of pet food is that it is an affordable option for a pet owner. While some owners say that they don’t want to feed their pets cheap food, in reality, this is not the case.

What do pet food labels have to include?

The pet food labeling laws are not the same as human food labeling. The food label is required to list any animal by-products that are used in the manufacturing of the product, the name and address of the manufacturer, and nutritional information per serving size.

Pet food labeling laws

If you are a pet owner, there is a chance that you have been feeding your pup or kitty food with a label that is misleading. In the US, the Food and Drug Administration regulates what food brands can claim on their labels. However, sometimes these standards may not be met in other countries. These standards tell pet owners if a pet food label is regulated by the FDA and how much protein, fat, fiber, and water is included in each serving of the product.

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Step One: Call Us Pet Food Analysis

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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 Analysis

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 Analysis

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.



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

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

Certain food products must contain a minimum amount of crude protein and fat, and a maximum amount of crude fiber and moisture. Only foods that do not contain protein, fat or fiber (e.g., vitamins and minerals) are exempt from the requirement to guarantee that the foods contain those nutrients. In all cases, a guarantee to retain some moisture is required. Other nutrients generally have no requirements for nutritional guarantees, although some products are required to provide additional guarantees to support claims made on the label. 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 does “crude” refer to in the guaranteed analysis?

All pet food labels should state that they contain at least a minimum percentage of crude protein and crude fat, and at least a minimum percentage of crude fiber and water. It’s important to note that the term “crude” refers to the way the products are tested, not to the quality of the nutrients themselves.

What is required on a feed label?

Federal regulations enacted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) establish the standards that must be met for all animal feeds: proper identification of the product, net quantity statement, manufacturer’s name and address, and listing of ingredients.
Several states enforce their own labeling laws. Many states have adopted the model regulations developed by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). These regulations specify the following: name of product, nutritional adequacy statement, warnings on packaging, and feeding time. These regulations are more specific, and include information about specific things like the product name, the guaranteed analysis, the nutritional adequacy statement, feeding directions, and calories.

Is pet food regulated by the FDA?

Yes, it is regulated by the FDA. FDA regulates finished pet foods (such as treats and chews) as well as their ingredients. Most states require that the products sold in their state registries be registered; in other words, products must conform to strict requirements for the ingredients in their labeling. It is also not legal to use an ingredient in pet food until it has been approved by the FDA and adopted by AAFCO

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

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 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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