New dietetic pet food Regulation: a key milestone for the nutrition of pets with metabolic issues

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FEDIAF, the European Pet Food Industry Federation, welcomes the publication of the new dietetic pet food regulation (PARNUTs) in the Official Journal of the EU. This concludes a review process that has mobilized the pet food industry scientific experts for more than seven years in constructive cooperation with EU and national authorities.

Brussels, March 2020 – PARNUT products (feed intended for PARticular NUTritional purposes) are specially formulated pet foods designed to assist pets with metabolic issues.

Studies have shown that with the right nutrition, pets with metabolic disorders can live longer, healthier lives, and in certain cases, symptoms can be strongly alleviated. Dietetic pet foods are available to assist with conditions including heart disorders, and gastrointestinal conditions, weight management, kidney failure or liver disease plus nutrient intolerances.

Robin Balas, Chairman of the FEDIAF PARNUTs Task Force stated: “A considerable number of cats and dogs suffering from acute and chronic metabolic issues have a vital need for tailor-made nutrition. The adoption of this modern and science-based regulatory framework is the guarantee that pets with particular nutritional needs will continue to have access to the right nutrition.”

Robin Balas, Chairman of FEDIAF Task Force on PARNUTs

Dietetic food plays a major role in modern veterinary practice. In the EU, these products come with a strong recommendation on the pet food label to feed under veterinary supervision. In other regions of the world, this category of petfood is only available upon written recommendation from a veterinarian (e.g. in the US). This ensures the appropriate advice can be given and the pet’s progress carefully monitored.

Julien Taïeb, Deputy Secretary general of FEDIAF concluded: “Looking to the future, it would be interesting to discuss how this new regulation could become part of a global standard for the pet food industry.”

The published regulation on intended uses for feed for intended particular nutritional purposes can be found at the following link.

Source: Official Journal of the EU, OJ L 67, 5.3.2020, p. 1–26

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FEDIAF represents the European pet food industry with around 200 production sites. It is an umbrella organization of national pet food industry associations plus direct company members. FEDIAF’s mission is to be the credible and responsible voice of the European pet food industry collaborating with authorities, regulators and academics for achieving favourable conditions for the supply of safe, nutritious and palatable products to pets and their owners. Based in Brussels, FEDIAF is fully committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, to the wellbeing of pet animals, to their important social role and to the respect of sustainable

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