The recent surge in pet food recalls and the corresponding increase in inspections of pet food producers by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have triggered a renewed interest in the regulation of ingredients and flavorings for animal use. This includes both flavorings specifically intended for animals as well as the use of human flavorings in pet food. Today, FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), supported by the efforts of the Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association (FEMA) and the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), is responsible for the safety of those flavorings added to animal products. This article, coauthored by Karl M. Nobert and Andrew G. Jack and recently featured in the March/April 2013 edition of the Food and Drug Law Institute’s (FDLI) Update magazine, addresses the issue of how flavorings are regulated when used in pet food by discussing FDA’s regulation of flavor ingredients intended for human use and CVM’s treatment of ingredients meant for animals.
Republished with permission of FDLI.