Pet Food Labels: What you need to know.

Pet food labels can be just as confusing as human food labels, don’t you think?  Last week my mom and I were

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invited to Hill’s Pet Nutrition to learn about Hill’s  Pet Food Brands including Hill’s  Science Diet® and  Hill’s Prescription Diet® formulas. We also learned about some exciting new products that we will talk about in a future post. But before we talk about the pet food formulas, I thought we could take a moment to talk about the pet food label, and what we need to know about the information that is printed on the label. Here are some answers to questions you have asked.

Who decides the nutritional standards for pet foods in the United States?

AAFCO stands for Association of American Feed Control Officials.  This is the organization that determines the nutritional standards for pet foods sold in the United States. These same standards are recognized in Canada.

What methods are used to determine nutritional adequacy?

Based on nutritional levels and procedures defined by AAFCO, the  nutritional adequacy of pet foods is generally determined by 1 of 2 methods:

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