Model Pet Food and Specialty Pet Food Regulations: What do we need to know

AAFCO Executive Director Austin Therrell joins us with details on the revised Model Regulations for Pet Food and Specialty Pet Food, including next steps for adoption nationwide.

August 3, 2023

17 Min Listen

Pet owners will soon find updated packaging and labels when shopping for pet food and specialty pet food products. This is because the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) has approved new suggested labeling guidelines. Guidelines that will ensure consistency and transparency and allow consumers to more easily make more informed buying decisions for their pets.

Passage of the revised Model Regulations for Pet Food and Specialty Pet Food sets a new standard for pet food manufacturers and distributors and is the result of feed regulatory professionals across the United States and Canada working cooperatively with consumers and professionals within the pet food industry on a strategic course to ensure pet food labels provide a more comprehensive view of the product.

Joining us in the episode with all the details is Austin Therrell, Executive Director of AAFCO.  We talk about what the new guidelines will mean for pet owners and feed manufacturers. We also talk about what's ahead in terms of adoption of the new guidelines at the state level and, for that matter, what may be the best approach to the regulation of pet foods and animal food. 

For more information, on this and other topics, we invite you to visit our websites - and While you are there be sure to check out our digital editions and our new Feedstuffs 365 platform.


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