Pet Food Label Substantiation

The FDA recently told pet food consumers that “a manufacturer or distributor should have information to substantiate that the claim is truthful and not misleading” in reference to pet food labels.

The FDA tells pet food consumers that “Pet food labeling may not be false or misleading in any particular.”

Based on these two FDA requirements of pet food, Association for Truth in Pet Food is working to protect pet food consumers asking manufacturers to provide for information to substantiate label claims/images on found on the label. At the same time, we are asking pet food manufacturers to substantiate the “Made in the USA” label claim found on pet food/treat labels. Per FTC requirement and per AAFCO requirement, “Made in the USA means that “all or virtually all” the product has been made in America. That is all significant parts, processing and labor that go into the product must be of U.S. origin.” (In other words, if Made in the USA is stated on a pet food label, requirements are that all ingredients must be of U.S. origin – no Chinese sourced supplements.)

Below are pet food brands that we have contacted, each linking to a separate page. Each page includes the date our request was sent and the exact message/request sent. Responses, when/if received, will be noted on this page and provided in full on the manufacturer page.

Pet Foods are listed in alphabetical order.

Doctors Foster and Smith Pet Food – request sent 7/8/15
To date, no response received.

Dogswell Pet Food – request sent 7/8/15
To date, no response received.

Freshpet Pet Food – request sent 7/8/15
To date, no response received.

Merrick Pet Food – request sent 6/26/15
To date, no response received.

Nutro Pet Food – request sent 7/8/15
To date, no response received.

Science Diet – request sent 6/26/15
To date, no response received.

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