Pet Food Testing & Analysis
AAFCO Compliant Pet Food Guaranteed Analysis
Pet Food Guaranteed Testing & Analysis in an 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
Pet Food Analysis & Label
Includes Lab Testing, AAFCO Label
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.
What is AAFCO?
The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) is a non-profit organization that helps to regulate the sale and distribution of animal feed and pet food. Established in 1909, AAFCO consists of representatives from state and federal agencies responsible for regulating the animal feed industry.
AAFCO plays a critical role in ensuring that animal feed and pet food are safe and properly labeled. The organization develops and maintains a set of model regulations for the industry, which are then adopted and enforced by individual states. These regulations cover a wide range of topics, including ingredient definitions, labeling requirements, and nutritional standards.
One of the main functions of AAFCO is to establish definitions for the ingredients used in animal feed and pet food. This helps to ensure that consumers know exactly what they are feeding their animals. For example, the organization defines “meat” as the clean flesh of slaughtered mammals, and “poultry” as the clean flesh of slaughtered birds.
AAFCO also sets standards for the nutritional adequacy of animal feed and pet food. These standards help to ensure that the products provide the necessary nutrients for the animals’ health and well-being. For example, AAFCO has established minimum levels of protein and fat for dog and cat food, as well as specific requirements for certain life stages, such as puppies and kittens.
In addition to setting standards for the industry, AAFCO also provides educational resources for consumers and industry professionals. The organization publishes a yearly Official Publication, which contains information on the latest regulations and industry developments. AAFCO also offers training courses and workshops to help industry professionals stay up-to-date on the latest regulations and best practices.
Overall, the work of AAFCO plays a vital role in ensuring the safety and quality of animal feed and pet food. By setting standards and providing educational resources, AAFCO helps to protect the health and well-being of our furry friends.
As a pet food manufacturer, you know that providing your customers with high-quality, nutritious food is essential for their pets’ health and well-being. One of the most important tools at your disposal for communicating the nutritional value of your products to consumers is the AAFCO pet food label.
The AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) is a non-profit organization that sets standards for pet food manufacturers. The AAFCO pet food label is a critical part of these standards, as it provides consumers with important information about the nutritional content of the food they’re buying.
The AAFCO pet food label includes the following components:
- Product Name: The product name must accurately reflect the ingredients and composition of the food.
- Guaranteed Analysis: This section provides information about the minimum levels of crude protein, crude fat, crude fiber, and moisture in the food.
- Ingredient List: The ingredient list must be in descending order of weight and accurately reflect the contents of the food.
- Nutritional Adequacy Statement: This statement indicates whether the food is complete and balanced for a specific life stage (such as adult dogs or puppies) or for all life stages.
- Feeding Directions: This section provides guidance on how much of the food should be fed to the pet, based on its weight and activity level.
- Calorie Content: This information is not required by AAFCO, but many manufacturers choose to include it to help consumers make informed feeding decisions.
By including accurate and complete information on your AAFCO pet food label, you are demonstrating your commitment to producing high-quality pet food that meets the nutritional needs of animals. This not only helps consumers make informed choices about the food they buy but also helps to establish your brand as one that can be trusted to provide nutritious and healthy food for pets.
The AAFCO pet food label is a critical tool for pet food manufacturers to communicate the nutritional value of their products to consumers. By providing accurate and complete information on your label, you can establish your brand as one that is committed to providing high-quality, nutritious food for pets.
The AAFCO statement is normally shown in the ingredient list and guaranteed analysis section of your pet food label, though this is not a requirement. See sample below:
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You will need to ship 4 oz of finished product to our lab.
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If refrigerated, pack with cold packs
Include your completed Lab Information Form.
We will 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.
If you order an AAFCO Label, the turnaround time total is 13 days
Please allow 10-14 business days.
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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
Also included is your Guaranteed Analysis pet food label*
Listing minimum crude fat, minimum crude protein, maximum fiber, maximum moisture
* If you purchased a label.
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
- 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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