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what do you must write on the pet food labeling of the animal food packaging

Jason Dec 18,2018 Share this post:

The pet owners often buy many food for their pets,but the labeling of the food may not be intact,so the FDA establish standards to limit the packaging of animal food.

The federal regulations, enforced by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), establish standards applicable for all animal feeds: proper identification of product, net quantity statement, manufacturer's name and address, and proper listing of ingredients.

  1. Product Name.Because the product name can be a key factor in the consumer's decision to buy the product.So the food manufacturers can use the attractive name to arouse customers'interest.And many consumers purchase a product based on the presence of a specific ingredient.So the standard limit the product name.

    1. The first ingredient named in the product name must be the one of higher predominance in the product.

    2. If the named ingredients comprise at least 25% of the product (not counting the water for processing), but less than 95%, the name must include a qualifying descriptive term, such as “Dinner” as in "Beef Dinner for Dogs."

    3. each named ingredient must be at least 3% of the total.

    4. Under the "flavor" rule, a specific percentage is not required, but a product must contain an amount sufficient to be able to be detected.

  2. Net Quantity Statement.The net quantity statement tells you how much product is in the container.This is the net weight or net volume, and it must be expressed in the correct units and placed on the lower third of the principal display panel. For net weight or volume, both avoirdupois ("pound/ounce") and metric units must be used.

  3. Manufacturer's Name and Address.The "manufactured by..." statement identifies the party responsible for the quality and safety of the product and its location.And gives you or your company's location.

  4. Ingredient List.All ingredients are required to be listed in order of predominance by weight. The weights of ingredients are determined as they are added in the formulation, including their inherent water content.Ingredients must be listed in order of predominance by weight, on an "as formulated basis". The ingredient that makes up the highest percentage of the total weight as it goes into the product is listed first.

  5. Guaranteed Analysis.This lists the percentage of each of the nutrients in the food. The minimum percent of crude protein and crude fat, and the maximum percent of crude fiber and moisture are always required.

  6. Nutritional Adequacy Statement.This is a statement that indicates the food is complete and balanced for a particular life stage, such as growth, reproduction, adult maintenance or a combination of these, or intended for intermittent or supplemental feeding only. Products conspicuously identified on the principal display panel as a snack, treat, or supplement are exempt.

  7. Feeding Directions.Feeding directions instruct the consumer on how much product should be offered to the animal. At minimum, they should include verbiage such as "feed ___ cups per ___ pounds of body weight daily."

  8. Other Label Claims.

That's all.


  1. Pet Food Labels - General,FDA website

  2. Labeling & Labeling Requirements,AAFCO website

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