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Presentation Title

An Analysis of Pet Food Label Usage

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Sonny Valcin, Lake Forest CollegeFollow

Location

Young 423

Abstract

In hopes of improving food choices, the FDA is charged with regulating the Nutrition Facts panel that is required on almost all packaged foods. The FDA does not, however, regulate pet food labels in similar fashion; this is left to the Association of American Feed Control Officials, which similarly argues that pet nutrition is an important component of pet care. Using regression analysis, we provide the first empirical analysis of pet food label usage. We will present the primary results of this analysis, including the main conclusion that pet owners consult pet food labels much less frequently than they consult the Nutrition Facts panel. We also find that these results vary by both type of pet owned and number of pets in the household.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-8-2014 10:40 AM

End Date

4-8-2014 11:40 AM

Panel

Panel: Pet Food Labels, Transportation, and Cooperative Behavior

Field of Study for Presentation

Business, Economics

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An Analysis of Pet Food Label Usage

Young 423

In hopes of improving food choices, the FDA is charged with regulating the Nutrition Facts panel that is required on almost all packaged foods. The FDA does not, however, regulate pet food labels in similar fashion; this is left to the Association of American Feed Control Officials, which similarly argues that pet nutrition is an important component of pet care. Using regression analysis, we provide the first empirical analysis of pet food label usage. We will present the primary results of this analysis, including the main conclusion that pet owners consult pet food labels much less frequently than they consult the Nutrition Facts panel. We also find that these results vary by both type of pet owned and number of pets in the household.