Pamper pets by learning animal food label guidelines
Plenty of attention has been given to pet food labels in the past, especially in compliance with the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) manual for natural pet food products.
Although there are specific requirements that many consumers may already know about - including the fact that the first-listed ingredient, whether it is chicken, beef, seafood or lamb, must make up 95 percent of the product - there are other words that indicate what exactly is in your pet's natural and/or organic food.
What natural and organic pet food labels mean
Like human food, pet food labels must follow specific requirements as to not mislead people into thinking products are healthy and natural when they are not. "Natural" pet food indicates the product has no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. When preservatives are used, they can not be artificial. "Organic" indicates how the plants and animals used in the product were raised, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture allows pet food manufacturers to use "organic" on the label if human guidelines are met.
The term "holistic" may be found on pet food packaging, but because it has no legal definition, it may be used on labels however the manufacturer desires.