Pet Food Analysis


The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) issues guidelines regarding the manufacturing and labeling of pet food in the USA and Canada. In order to meet the AAFCO guidelines and get their product on the market, pet food companies must have their diets analyzed for the major metabolites required by dogs and cats in various life stages. Actlabs offers AAFCO certified - we are part of the AAFCO Proficiency Testing Program - proximate analysis testing along with mineral, vitamin, amino acid, fatty acid and toxin analyses. We also offer microbiology testing for E.Coli, Salmonella and C. Perfringens as well as yeast and mold to ensure product quality at various stages of the manufacturing process.  


Submission Form (Chain of Custody) below:

Pet_Food_Submission_Form.pdf


          Proximate Analysis

Proximate analysis refers to the quantitative analysis of a foodstuff to determine the percentage of its components. Typical proximate analysis reports include:

  • Dry Matter
  • Crude Protein
  • Crude Fat (Acid Hydrolysis)
  • Crude Fiber
  • Ash
  • NFE (Carbohydrates)
  • ME (Metabolizable Energy)

         Pet Food Microbiology

In the pet food industry there have been many  unfortunate incidences of product recalls due to contamination with bacteria, mycotoxins, medications and other toxins. Actlabs can provide quality assurance throughout your manufacturing process, from raw materials to finished product and anywhere in between we can analyze your product to ensure your quality standards are being met and maintained. Routine testing for Salmonella, E.Coli, Vomitoxin and other contaminants in the finished product are essential. We can help you avoid product recall and build your brand's reputation for providing high quality, safe pet food. 

        AAFCO Nutrient Profiles

At Actlabs we tailor our testing to the nutrient profiles for cats and dogs set out by AAFCO in order to meet your labeling requirements. Simply submit your sample and our AAFCO testing includes:

  • Proximate Analysis
  • Fatty Acid Profile
  • Amino Acid Profile
  • Taurine
  • Minerals
  • Iodine
  • Selenium
  • Vitamins A, E, D & B complex