Code of Good Labelling Practice for Pet Food

An updated version of the code is available.

27 March 2019

Assalco, the association that brings together all the major Italian Pet-Food and Pet-Care Industries, has announced that the EU Animal Nutrition Committee has evaluated and approved the new version of the Code of Good Labelling Practice for Pet Food produced by Fediaf.

By 2001, the first edition of the code had already received initial approval. The numerous proposals for improvement and some amendments to the EU regulation have led to a new version of 70 pages, a document that clarifies some doubts and provides indications that ensure a harmonic labelling throughout the EU.

A large part of the Code of Good Labelling Practice for Pet Food illustrates how to present claims and how to demonstrate them with scientific evidence, which must be accurate, true and understandable to the customer.

The Code of Good Labelling Practice for Pet Food makes it clear how to indicate ingredients or additives on the label and which terms accessible to consumers are to be used. It also clarifies the legal terms on the label, such as "meat and animal derivatives", and how to indicate concentrated or freeze-dried ingredients. It specifies whether it is permissible to highlight the functional health benefits of pet food and how to apply the labelling rules to online sales and promotions.

A "Customer Guide" or "Guide for the non-experts" explains in simple language what pet owners read on the label.

The Code of Good Labelling Practice for Pet Food, implemented and used with great effectiveness by the national authorities, is a useful tool to avoid misleading statements and ensure equal conditions for operators in the sector. The federation also intends to develop a detailed digital training package for the petfood industries and authorities to promote uniform application of the Code across the EU.

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