The acronym AAFCO stands for the Association of American Feed Control Officials. According to the association’s website:
The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) is a voluntary membership association of local, state and federal agencies charged by law to regulate the sale and distribution of animal feeds and animal drug remedies.
Furthermore, its purpose is:
- Safeguarding the health of animals and humans
- Ensure consumer protection
- Providing a level playing field of orderly commerce for the animal feed industry.
Which it allegedly does by:
“ developing and implementing uniform and equitable laws, regulations, standards, definitions and enforcement policies for regulating the manufacture, labeling, distribution and sale of animal feeds – resulting in safe, effective and useful feeds by promoting uniformity amongst member agencies.”
So a consumer may be forgiven for assuming that AAFCO’s rules and meetings would be open to the public since it, among other things, would “ensure consumer protection.” However, AAFCO’s Pet Food Label Modernization working group has put the muzzle on those who have access to the information and wish to spread the word.
As reported by Susan Thixton, the rules of this working group are:
“ no member of the working group can share information with their group’s members until the working group votes on a particular issue discussed. Then, information can only be shared in a non-public setting – no information will be allowed to become public for quite some time.” (Emphasis in original)
Why the secrecy from an association which allegedly represents the interests of us 4-leggeds and our 2-leggeds? This 4-legged is baffled! Of course, I suppose it’s no different than certain executives wanting to keep accurate labeling in 2-leggeds’ foods (Hello Monsanto, Kellog, Syngenta, Dow, Coca-Cola, etc.)
Then again, it is a little known fact outside of AAFCO and pet food “activists” that the association is beholden and ruled by commercial pet “food” manufacturers and the executives in these companies know that they will continue making significant profits so long as the consumer is unaware of the true source of the ingredients that go into manufacturing (is it really “food” if it’s manufactured?) pet “food.”
Happily eating home-cooked meals made with human-grade ingredients (and going on 16!),