The question is very simple. Is this pet food suitable nutrition for my pet? The label says it is suitable nutrition, but will the company sign an AAFCO established form that swears this is true? Will they provide us this guarantee on their pet food? Let’s ask and see what happens.
The AAFCO rule book (Official Publication) contains a simple little form called the “Affidavit of Suitability”. This document is used by state regulatory authorities if they have any questions to the ‘suitability’ of a pet food/animal feed product for the species intended. State officials can – at their discretion – ask any pet food/animal feed manufacturer to sign and notarize this simple document.
The Affidavit of Suitability asks the signer to verify in writing…
1) that the signer (Affiant) has knowledge of the nutritional content of the pet food and that the signer is familiar with the nutritional requirements of the animal species the food is intended for;
2) that the signer has knowledge of valid scientific evidence that supports the suitability of the pet food for the intended animal species. Basically, this is a notarized guarantee that this pet food provides our pet with proper nutrition.
Pet food manufacturers would be required to provide this document to any State Department of Agriculture representative (that would bother to ask for it) – so, they should provide the same guarantee to their customers…right? Well, I am told – by an industry expert – that many will refuse to provide this simple little guarantee to consumers. Could they really refuse us? I don’t know, but I believe we should ask and see what happens.
Pet food consumers can send the blank ‘Affidavit of Suitability’ to their pet food company asking for the form to be completed specific to the pet food they provide their pet. Keep a copy for your own records, but also forward a copy to me – TruthaboutPetFood.com and AssociationforTruthinPetFood.com will post all signed affidavits for all consumers to see.
The movie Jerry Maguire comes to mind. Specifically the scene where actors Tom Hanks and Cuba Gooding, Jr. scream ‘Show Me The Money!’.
Pet food company: What can I do for you? Just tell me, what can I do for you?
Us: It’s a very personal and important thing. It’s a pet food consumer motto. Are you ready?
Pet food company: Yes, I’m ready.
Us: Just want to make sure you are ready. Ok…Show me the Affidavit of Suitability!
This is – in a very simple form – what any pet food consumer wants. We want the assurance that this pet food provides the nutrition that our pet needs – and we want the assurance that there is valid scientific proof that the pet food is proper nutrition for our pet. Providing this signed form – to any pet food consumer that asks for it – is (at the very least) what we deserve to know before we hand over our money to this company.
So…let’s ask for it.
Click Here to download a pdf of the Affidavit of Suitability form (this is the exact form in the AAFCO Official Publication). Ask your pet food manufacturer to provide you with a signed and notarized copy. Please note: this form is specific – so if you provide your pet with multiple varieties of pet food from one company – you will want a signed form for each variety.
Keep your form for your own records – and send a copy of the form to Susan at AssociationforTruthinPetFood.com or Susan at TruthaboutPetFood.com. For independent pet stores, please obtain an Affidavit of Suitability for each product you sell. Provide those records for your customers too (one more way that independent pet food stores far surpass the big box stores!).
Remember – you deserve the manufacturer’s word (signed affidavit) that the food is suitable nutrition for your pet. It’s a shame that we have to ask…but, we do have to ask.
Who will sign? Who won’t? We’ll see.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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