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 Post subject: Pet food?
PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2007 10:07 pm 

Joined: Tue Jun 20, 2006 12:10 am
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Location: Richmond Hill, ON
I haven't taken the time to see if this question has already been answered, but I really wanted to find out fast :)

Are there any food labelling requirements for pet food? We recently got 2 pet rats and found that most of the rat food had peanut warnings on it - not something I thought would be an issue! We found one that was specifically labelled nut free, but wanted to switch to a different type of food that I found at a store closer to home. This new food does not mention peanuts on its label. It is a block diet, so there should be nothing but the blocks of food in the bag, I would think. Well, I opened it up tonight after buying it, and sitting right on top was a whole shelled peanut!

I'm trying to find out info on pet food labelling - I would think it should be labelled like human food - humans aren't supposed to eat it but they're certainly handling it! And I know animals can have food allergies... my sister-in-law's dog shares my son's peanut allergy.

Any info on this topic is greatly appreciated! I'd like to find out a few things before I call the company on Monday.

Mom to 2 boys:
Connor, 5, asthma, allergic to peanuts, cats, dogs, dust mites, and summer moulds
Eric, 3 1/2, no allergies

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2007 11:32 pm 
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Location: Ottawa
Well, from what I can find there is no mention of food allegrens being labeled. Here is what I have found:
Guide for the Labelling and Advertising of Pet Foods ... 229&lg=e#3

(PDF: 1 MB)

September 21, 2001
Prepared by the Working Group on the Labelling and Advertising of Pet Food in Canada

3. Ingredients

3.1 Ingredient Definitions

a) Feed ingredient definitions can be found in the current version of the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) Official Publication. They are recommended as the definition guidelines for ingredient labelling in Canada.

b) The onus is on the manufacturer or importer to ensure that all ingredients are allowable under Canadian law and that the addition of any ingredient, or the addition of any ingredient beyond certain levels, does not make the product a drug as defined by the Food and Drugs Act.

3.2 Ingredient Statements

a) Ingredients must be listed and must be identified by the common or usual name of the ingredient. Brand or trade names must not be used.

b) Each pet food label must carry under the heading "Ingredients" a complete list of major ingredients. Preservatives must also be listed. Minor ingredient categories such as vegetable gums or vitamins and minerals may be grouped or expressed as a group.

c) All ingredients (major, minor or categories), as mentioned above must be listed in descending order by percentage of weight.

d) When water is added in the preparation of pet food, a statement of that fact, for example, "sufficient water has been added for processing" may appear at the conclusion of the ingredient list.

Daughter: asthma, allergies to egg, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, most legumes (not soy and green beans) & penicillin. Developing hayfever type allergies.
Husband: no allergies
Me: Oral Allergy Syndrome, Allergic to Birch trees

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