ATPF’s Place Assertion on Low Copper Pet Meals – Fact about Pet Meals


At the newest AAFCO assembly, trade strongly objected to a proposal to permit pet meals to fabricate a diminished copper content material pet meals. AAFCO agreed to desk the dialogue solely till the following assembly in January 2024.

As a result of sturdy objection by trade (probably influencing AAFCO), we despatched the next place assertion to AAFCO’s Pet Meals Committee on 8/8/23.

Affiliation for Fact in Pet Meals believes there’s a important want for canine and cat meals that embrace a voluntary copper most assure, labeled as Low Copper.

There was an increase in circumstances of copper storage illness, being seen by each the pet proudly owning public and working towards veterinarians. Together with these will increase of sick pets, pet house owners and veterinarians have discovered AAFCO has not established a required most for copper. These stakeholders of pet meals typically discover it tough, if not inconceivable, to acquire the precise copper stage of their pet’s meals (or really helpful model) as many producers refuse to reveal this data.

We consider that the descriptive time period ‘Low Copper’ aligns with different allowed label phrases; Low Calorie, Low Fats. Nevertheless, we notice that present AAFCO laws don’t permit a ‘Low Carbohydrate’ declare, as an alternative permitting a ‘Much less or Decreased’ carbohydrate declare. Ought to AAFCO decide {that a} ‘Decreased Copper’ label declare is extra acceptable, we might not object to this time period.

We’re conscious that AFIA and PFI argued towards this descriptive time period being allowed on any pet meals, a part of their reasoning was some shoppers may assume the ‘Low Copper’ or ‘Decreased Copper’ label declare has therapeutic ranges of copper (reminiscent of beneath AAFCO minimal). To be able to higher inform pet house owners and veterinarians, we advise the Assured Evaluation assertion of copper minimal and most embrace an asterisk that notes ‘This pet meals doesn’t embrace therapeutic ranges of copper.’

We encourage the AAFCO Pet Meals Committee to approve the voluntary descriptive time period ‘Low Copper’ or ‘Decreased Copper’ no later than the January 2024 assembly.

We encourage any pet proprietor that needs to have an possibility for decrease copper stage (assured) pet meals, please ship AAFCO a message. Pet house owners can message AAFCO right here:

Wishing you and your pet(s) the perfect,

Susan Thixton
Pet Meals Security Advocate
Writer Purchaser Beware, Co-Writer Dinner PAWsible
Affiliation for Fact in Pet Meals

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