Animal feed regulation

Animal feed is regulated at the state level in cooperation with FDA and AAFCO. Each state has a different set of laws and regulations in place to ensure compliance. This includes each state having its own procedure for registering products, overseeing their renewal, developing label requirements, and collecting tonnage fees based on sales.

The Centre of Vetinary Medicine (CVM), a brand within the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), oversees the animal feed industry through the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act). The act requires that animal food be safe for consumption, be prepared in sanitary conditions, be free from harmful substances, and be properly labeled.

The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), is an independent organization that provides guidance to feed control regulators and the industry, works to develop uniform standards, laws, and enforcement policies in animal feed production, labeling, distribution, and sale across the states.

Ingredients: FDA guarantees the safety of animal feed by requiring that the ingredients used are either generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by qualified experts, as regulated in 21 CFR, or are listed in AAFCO’s uniform ingredient definitions.

Product Labels: Animal feed labels are the primary source for informing consumers about products. States are tasked with reviewing and approving labels and product claims to ensure that they accurately describe the feed, are useful and truthful, and contain no misleading information. These products include anything made for ingestion by animals, including meals, treats and snacks, nutrient supplements, nutrient-added waters, and edible chews.

TSG can help

  • Develop labels
  • Assist with registration
  • Maintain renewals
  • Conduct tonnage reporting
  • Create feed additive petitions
  • GRAS Notifications and Self-Affirmations
  • AAFCO New Ingredient Definition Assistance


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