Dog food and government agencies was Re: Liver Disease

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Dog food and government agencies was Re: Liver Disease

Post by GAUBSTE » Mon, 18 Nov 2002 02:32:16

>"AAFCO is a nongovernment, voluntary, advisory organization of state
>feed control officials, who interact with and influence state and
>federal feed industry regulators.

Then, you state-----

>At least one
>representative from each state's department of agriculture belongs to
>the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO)

If each state has somebody from their own (state) Ag Dept., how is this not a
governmental agency?

>AAFCO, in association with the U.S. Food and
>Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine,

Whoa!  Sounds like another governmental body to me!!  ;)

>These two
>agencies ought to provide adequate oversight, but pet food
>manufacturers follow AAFCO standards only on a voluntary basis.
>Following the standards is not required by law.

You mean like Solid Gold??  A lot of people feed that stuff and that doesn't
have an AAFCO label last time I checked.

I see how you quote from sources that have a certain bias.  API is an animal
rights orginization. and WDJ  never talks nutrition, only what ingredients are
in a certain food (and then doesn't always tell the whole truth about certain
ingredients).  They continue to perpuatrate the myths and misconceptions and
scare tactics that is typical of the "all natural" or "holistic" crowd.

Let's continue..     >Most states require that dog food

>made and/or sold in "their" borders meet a standard meant to guarantee
>nutritional benefit to the dogs who eat it, and most states use
>AAFCO-developed standards".  

So most states require that food meets a certain standard, yet there is no
regulation??  How can you have a requirement that isn't in writing and
therefore a regulation or law??  You can't have it both ways.  Texas leads the
pack in regulating pet foods.  I've heard of one brand of food that wasn't
allowed to be sold in Texas (and some other states) because of some problem (it
was about 2 years ago and I don't remember the circumstances)  Besides, almost
all foods in the grocery store, at the pet store, or at the vet (w/ the
exception of Solid Gold) meet AAFCO standards.  I rarely have seen a food that
didn't have the AAFCO  label on it.