the european pet food industry


Code of Good Labelling Practice for Pet Food

How should vitamins be labelled? What traceability tools are available? What does rich in beef mean? Are health claims permitted and what are the rules? These and many other questions are answered in the FEDIAF Code as a tool to ensure harmonised understanding by all parties concerned throughout the EU.

Consumer information about pet food is provided in many ways, via on-pack information as well as off-pack by means of leaflets, websites, advertising etc. These different media are also covered by the EU legislation and are explained in the FEDIAF Code.

The Code should be used by companies and authorities alike alongside the EU legislation to guarantee that products placed on the market are labelled according to the legislation in force. In a Europe without borders harmonised interpretation and application by all parties concerned is essential to ensure free movement of goods, a level playing field and consistent consumer information.

A specific "Layman's Guide" (which is also an annex to the Labelling Code)  explains in everyday language the meaning of the various information on the label, and the Code is an important step by the industry to show its transparency to consumers.

The Code successfully developed under the EU co-regulation approach is user friendly, includes a glossary, practical examples and a reference list of applicable legislation. 

Please click here for access to the English version of the Code, and please be advised: 

This publication and their parts are protected by copyright. They may be duplicated for use in companies, by authorities or for private use. Any commercial use is prohibited and may only be allowed on a written application and after a written premission may have been granted by FEDIAF. 

FEDIAF will gradually provide other EU language versions of the Code on its website, but the English version shall be the reference text.

The publication of the Code was announced on the Commission's Midday Express of 8/12/2011 and the Code itself is also available officially: On the European Commission website and its title and reference were published in Official Journal C n° 358, p. 49