901:5-7-19 Expression of guarantees for pet food and specialty pet food.

(A) The "Guaranteed Analysis" shall be listed in the following order and format unless otherwise specified in this chapter:

(1) A pet food or specialty pet food label shall list the following required guarantees:

(a) Minimum percentage of crude protein;

(b) Minimum percentage of crude fat;

(c) Maximum percentage of crude fat, if required by rule 901:5-7-26 of the Administrative Code;

(d) Maximum percentage of crude fiber;

(e) Maximum percentage of moisture; and

(f) Additional guarantees shall follow moisture.

(2) When ash is listed in the guaranteed analysis on a pet food or specialty pet food label, it shall be guaranteed as a maximum percentage and shall immediately follow moisture.

(3) A dog or cat food label shall list other required or voluntary guarantees in the same order and units of the nutrients in the AAFCO dog or cat food nutrient profiles. Guarantees for substances not listed in the AAFCO dog or cat food nutrient profiles or not otherwise provided for in these regulations, shall immediately follow the listing of the recognized nutrients and shall be accompanied by an asterisk referring to the disclaimer "not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO dog or cat food nutrient profiles." The disclaimer shall appear immediately after the last such guarantee in the same size type as the guarantees.

(4) A specialty pet food label shall list other required or voluntary guarantees in the same order and units of the nutrients in an AAFCO recognized nutrient profile for the specific species; however, if no species-specific AAFCO recognized nutrient profile is available, the order and units shall follow the same order and units of nutrients in the AAFCO cat food nutrient profile. Guarantees for substances not listed in an AAFCO recognized nutrient profile for the specific species of animal shall immediately follow the listing of recognized nutrients and shall be accompanied by an asterisk referring to the disclaimer "not recognized as an essential nutrient by the __________ ." (Blank is to be completed by listing the specific AAFCO recognized nutrient profile.) This disclaimer shall appear immediately after the last such guarantee in the same size type as the guarantees. No such disclaimer shall be required unless an AAFCO recognized nutrient profile is available for the specific species of specialty pet.

(B) The sliding scale method of expressing a guaranteed analysis on a pet food or specialty pet food label is prohibited.

(C) The label of a pet food or a specialty pet food which is formulated as and represented to be a mineral supplement shall include:

(1) Minimum guarantees for all minerals from sources declared in the ingredient statement and established by an AAFCO recognized nutrient profile, expressed as the element in units specified in the nutrient profile; or

(2) Minimum guarantees for all minerals from sources declared in the ingredient statement expressed as the element in units specified in the AAFCO cat food nutrient profiles when no species-specific nutrient profile has been recognized by the AAFCO; and

(3) Mineral guarantees required by paragraphs (B)(1) and (B)(2) of rule 901:5-7-19 of the Administrative Code may be expressed in milligrams (mg) per unit consistent with those employed in the quantity statement and directions for use; and

(4) A weight equivalent for liquid products.

(D) The label of a pet food or a specialty pet food which is formulated as and represented to be a vitamin supplement shall include:

(1) Minimum guarantees for all vitamins from sources declared in the ingredient statement and established by an AAFCO recognized nutrient profile, expressed in units specified in the nutrient profile; or

(2) Minimum guarantees for all vitamins from sources declared in the ingredient statement expressed in units specified in the AAFCO cat food nutrient profiles when no species-specific nutrient profile has been recognized by the AAFCO; and provided that

(3) Vitamin guarantees required by paragraphs (D)(1) and (D)(2) of rule 901:5-7-19 of the Administrative Code may be expressed in approved units per unit consistent with those employed in the quantity statement and directions for use; and

(4) A weight equivalent for liquid products.

(E) When the label of a pet food or specialty pet food includes a comparison of the nutrient content of the food with levels established by an AAFCO recognized nutrient profile the following apply:

(1) The product shall meet the AAFCO recognized nutrient profile;

(2) The statement of comparison shall be preceded by a statement that the product meets the AAFCO recognized profile: however, the statement that the product meets the AAFCO recognized nutrient profile is not required provided that the nutritional adequacy statement as per either paragraph (A)(1) or (B)(2)(a) of rule 901:5-7-24 of the Administrative Code appears elsewhere on the product label;

(3) The statement of comparison of the nutrient content shall constitute a guarantee but need not be repeated in the guaranteed analysis; and

(4) The statement of comparison may appear on the label separate and apart from the guaranteed analysis.

(F) The maximum moisture declared on a pet food or specialty pet food label shall not exceed 78.00 % or the natural moisture content of the ingredients, whichever is higher. However, pet food and specialty pet food such as, but not limited to, those consisting principally of stew, gravy, sauce, broth, aspic, juice, or a milk replacer and which are so labeled, may contain moisture in excess of 78.00 %.

(G) Guarantees for crude protein, crude fat, and crude fiber are not required when the pet food or specialty pet food is intended for purposes other than to furnish these substances or they are of minor significance relative to the primary purpose of the product such as a mineral or vitamin supplement.

(H) Guarantees for microorganisms shall be stated in colony forming units per gram (CFU/g) when directions are for using the product in grams, or in colony forming units per pound (CFU/lb) when directions are for using the product in pounds. A parenthetical statement following the guarantee shall list each species in order of predominance.

(I) Guarantees for enzymes shall be stated in units of enzymatic activity per unit weight or volume, consistent with label directions. The source organism for each type of enzymatic activity shall be specified, such as: Protease (Bacillus subtilis) 5.5 mg amino acids liberated /minimum/milligram. If two or more sources have the same type of activity, they shall be listed in order of predominance based on the amount of enzymatic activity provided.

Replaces: 901:5-7-19

Effective: 09/21/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 09/21/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 923.50
Rule Amplifies: 923.43
Prior Effective Dates: 5/1/1995