Pet Food testing & AAFCO compliance

General Information On Pet Food Testing
How to get Started

Pet Food Guaranteed Analysis is performed in house at are FDA Compliant, ISO Certified Lab. We provide you with a Pet Food Label that is AAFCO compliant

Need it fast? Our standard turnaround time is 10 days or less from the time our lab receives your samples. Need it faster? Ask about our expedited turnaround times.

Completing your Pet Food Analysis in a qualified laboratory the best way to produce quality results for you and your customers. Guaranteed Analysis covers what is suggested by AAFCO to provide to the end user. You will need to submit a sample (100g or more) of your dog, cat or pet food product to our lab for pet food nutrition analysis. AAFCO (the Association of American Feed Control Officials) is equivalent to the FDA for pet food testing and is a top organization that oversees pet food standards. For more information about AAFCO, click here.

Pet Food Testing Services

  • Dog or Cat Food/Treat Analysis (i.e. guaranteed analysis)
  • All other Pet Food/Treat Analysis
  • Complete AAFCO Testing
  • AAFCO Compliant Labeling

What is included in your Guaranteed Analysis

The test results of your pet food analysis will be the AAFCO required Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Minimum Crude Fat
  • Minimum Crude Protein
  • Maximum Fiber
  • Maximum Moisture
  • Kcal Content
  • ASH

General Information On Pet Food Testing

We all consider our pets part of the family! Since the pet food business has been growing rapidly, we have seen more news about pet food manufacturers that have been accused of mislabeling their products. All statements like: “natural”, “organic” or “premium” are not required to be proven on a pet food label and no one is regulating these statement. Even worse, a few manufactures have been hiding the fact that they contain animal by-products from their labels. As many of us here at PCAS are pet owners, we can test, and prove that your pets are eating a high quality diet?

People vs. Pet Food

Just like what the FDA and other government regulatory agencies tell us (people) what is a well-balanced diet is, AAFCO has come up with a list of analysis that is tailored to pets for a healthy nutritional profile. Pet food ingredients vary based on what type of pet they are developed for, but the bottom line is a great well balanced diet for your pet. At PCAS, we test for guaranteed analysis all types of pet food and treats. When our testing is completed, PCAS will provide you with an AAFCO compliant report and label to provide to your customers and to have printed on your product.

What else does a pet food labels need to include?

AAFCO is an organization that has been adopted by the pet food industry as the standard of what should be on a pet food item. Pet food labels are required to list any animal by-products, along with the company contact information and per serving size details.

How to get started

Email Us:
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[email protected]

Complete Sample Submission Form:

Once we review your sample submission form, we will have you submit your product to the lab in person or through one of the common carriers.

Ship Your Product and Form

Please provide at least 100g/4oz of product to our lab.

FedEx, UPS or similar to arrive only on M-F (unless other arrangements have been made with the lab). No glass or breakable containers if possible, please. If you are shipping a fragile container make sure you have the proper padding to ensure the samples arrive safely at our laboratory. If your product needs to be kept refrigerated, use cold packs. Include your completed Lab Information Form.

Once testing have been completed, we will email you your results and final label.
A final lab report showing your results, along with a high-resolution label will be provide when completed.

All done within 10 day or sooner!

Frequently Asked Questions

If you cannot find an answer to your questions below, please email us at [email protected], and we will get right back to you.

Is pet food regulated? Yes

  • The FDA regulates the pet food industry: (see FDA statement)
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the manufacture of cat food, dog food, and dog treats or snacks you have in your pantry. The FDA’s regulation of pet food is similar to that for other animal foods. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) requires that all animal foods, like human foods, be safe to eat, produced under sanitary conditions, contain no harmful substances, and be truthfully labeled. In addition, canned pet foods must be processed in conformance with the low acid canned food regulations to ensure the pet food is free of viable microorganisms, see Title 21 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 113 (21 CFR 113).

FDA Regulation of Pet Food

There is no requirement that pet food products have pre-market approval by the FDA. But FDA ensures that the ingredients used in pet food are safe and have an appropriate function in the pet food. Many ingredients such as meat, poultry, and grains are considered safe and do not require pre-market approval. Other substances, such as sources of minerals, vitamins or other nutrients, flavorings, preservatives, or processing aids may be Generally Recognized As Safe for an intended use (21 CFR 582 and 584) or must have approval as food additives (21 CFR 570, 571 and 573). Colorings must have approvals for such use as specified in 21 CFR 70 and be listed in Parts 73, 74, or 81. For more information about pet foods and marketing a pet food, see FDA’s Regulation of Pet Food and Information on Marketing a Pet Food Product.

What is Guaranteed Analysis?

  • Metabolic Energy
  • Minimum Crude Fat:
  • Minimum Crude Protein
  • Fiber
  • Moisture
  • Ash
  • Ingredient Statement

What must be included on your pet food label?

Per FDA website:

Pet food labeling is regulated at two levels. The current FDA regulations require proper identification of the product, net quantity statement, name and place of business of the manufacturer or distributor, and proper listing of all the ingredients in the product from most to least, based on weight. Some states also enforce their own labeling regulations. Many of these regulations are based on a model provided by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). For more information about AAFCOExternal Link Disclaimer, please visit its website. For more information about labeling requirements, see Pet Food Labels - General.

What is AAFCO?
According to their website, The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) is a voluntary membership association of local, state and federal agencies charged by law to regulate the sale and distribution of animal feeds and animal drug remedies.

Making nutritional “claims” on your product? What is required beyond the standard analysis?
Any claim that is made like: “high in protein” or “high in Vitamin X” must be verified by testing your product to validate that claim.

Confidentially with PCAS Labs.
Just like a medical office, PCAS welcomes and provides NDA’s for all of our customers ensuring that your products ingredients/recipes are never shared with anyone! All of your company information will remain safe, you can count on that.


Call or email us...

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Fill out your lab information form

After we receive your payment, we’ll email you our Lab Product Information Form.
Please fill out the form and include it with your samples.

Ship your samples and form

You will need to ship 4oz of finished product to our lab.
FedEx or UPS / 1 or 2 day air
No glass containers, please.
If refrigerated, pack with cold packs.
Include your completed Lab Information Form.

We'll email your results

If you have chosen to purchase the label option, you’ll receive a lab report showing your results.
Your nutrition facts labels will be emailed to you in a file that you can download and print or incorporate them into your food label
Please allow 25 business days.