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Animal Feed Introduction

• Animal Feed Manufacturers and distributors of commercial feed intended to be used as animal feeds, including pet foods, are regulated by the state of Michigan.

• Commercial Animal Feed Manufacturer-Distributor License Application Form PDF icon A commercial feed license must be obtained by anyone who intends to manufacture or distribute commercial feed in Michigan.

• Reporting Feed Tonnage Every licensee must submit tonnage reports and tonnage-based inspection fees twice a year.

• Pet Treats: Label Requirements and Obtaining a Feed License If you plan to get into the pet treat business, you should review this information.

• FSMA Registration of Food and Feed Facilities - *NEW*

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Animal Feed Licensing & Labeling

• 2014 Michigan Commercial Feed Manufacturer/Distributor License List PDF icon

• 2013 Michigan Commercial Feed Manufacturer/Distributor License List PDF icon

• The Business of Pet Food - *NEW* An excellent resource on how to start a pet food business. This site includes licensing, labeling, reporting, and testing information.

• Commercial Animal Feed License Details & FAQ

• Animal Feed Label Requirements Feed labels allow consumers to choose products that meet their needs, contain necessary information to determine nutritional content and tell the buyer how to use the product properly.

• Commercial Animal Feed License Requirement Q & A A commercial feed license must be obtained by anyone who intends to manufacture or distribute commercial feed in Michigan.

• Commercial Feed Testing Laboratories A partial list of commercial laboratories that provide various types of analyses on animal feeds.

• Is One License Enough? Every commercial feed label must show the complete name and principal mailing address of the licensee, exactly as it appears on the license. Use these scenarios to determine if more than one license is needed.

• Grocers and Deli Operators: Are You Preparing Pet Foods for Your Customers? You will need to obtain a Commercial Feed License for this activity. Click for details.

• Are pet treats included under the new Cottage Food Law?No- the Cottage Food Law applies to human grade food only. In order to make and sell pet treats, you will need to have a feed license.

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General Animal Feed Information

• Animal Feed Complaints If you have reason to believe that a livestock or companion animal problem may be feed related, or that illegal practices relating to feed may have taken place, you are encouraged to contact the MDARD Toll Free number, 1-800-292-3939, to file a complaint.

• Animal Feed Sanitation Checklist PDF icon

• Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy Brochure PDF icon Preparing for On-Farm Inspections

• Certificate of Free Sale Requirements for Animal Feed PDF icon

• Commercial Animal Feed Program Staff If you have questions about the commercial feed program or need to contact us for any reason these program staff members are available to assist you.

• Commercial Feed Definitions Definitions of commercial feed terms.

• Commercial Feed Enforcement MDARD works to elicit compliance through an educational approach. When this approach is not sufficient, other enforcement measures become necessary. A graduated approach to enforcement is employed as outlined here.

• Commercial Feed Inspections MDARD staff inspect, sample, and analyze commercial feed to determine whether that commercial feed is in compliance with the Commercial Feed Law and the rules promulgated under the act

• Dry Pet Foods and Salmonella FAQ (8/9/10) PDF icon FAQ's from the American Veterinary Medical Association about the recent number of pet food recalls due to possible or confirmed Salmonella contamination.

• FDA Rapid Response Team Michigan is one of 19 states with a Rapid Response Team (RRT) Grant.

• Medicated Feed If a feed manufacturer adds antibiotics or other drugs to any of the feeds it produces, whether for the treatment or prevention of disease, or as an aid in promoting animal growth or feed efficiency, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) periodically conducts a special t ...

• Michigan RRT Highlights & Successes

• Organic Animal Feed

• Pet Food: The Lowdown on Labels

• Raw Meat Diets for Animals

• Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) Drugs A drug intended for use in or on feed, which is limited by an approved application to use under the professional supervision of a licensed veterinarian is a VFD drug.

• Feed Sample Results Summary PDF icon

• Mycotoxin Information

• Avoid the Dangers of Raw Pet Food

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Animal Feed / Pet Food Recalls

• Hubbard Feeds Inc. Announces an Expanded Voluntary Recall of Hubbard Life Homestead FastGrow Poultry Feed in Indiana, Michigan and Illinois Due to Elevated Calcium 9/4/13

• Nestlé Purina Voluntarily Recalls Limited Number of Purina ONE beyOnd Our White Meat Chicken & Whole Barley Recipe Adult Dry Dog Food Bags Due to a Potential Health Risk 8/30/13

• P & G Voluntarily Recalls Limited Quantity of Dry Pet Food Due to Possible Health Risk 8/14/13

• Hubbard Feeds Inc. Announces Voluntary Recall in Indiana and Michigan Due to Potentially Elevated Calcium and Phosphorus in Medicated Poultry Feed 7/2/13

• Natura Pet Issues Voluntary Recall of Specialized Dry Pet Foods Due to Possible Health Risk 6/18/13

• Natura Pet Expands Voluntary Recall of Dry Pet Foods Due to Possible Health Risk 4/19/13

• Bravo! Issues a Voluntary Recall for Three Raw Frozen Food Diet for Dogs and Cats Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk 4/3/13

• Natura Pet Expands Voluntary Recall of Dry Pet Foods Due to Possible Health Risk 3/29/13

• Natura Pet Issues Voluntary Recall of Specialized Dry Pet Foods Due to Possible Health Risk 3/18/13

• Bravo! Recalls 2 lb Tubes of Chicken Blend-Raw Frozen Food Diet for Dogs and Cats (One Lot Code) Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk 3/13/13

• Premium Edge, Diamond Naturals and 4health Dry Cat Food Formulas Voluntarily Recalled Due to Possibility of Low Levels of Thiamine (Vitamin B1) 3/10/13

• Cargill's animal nutrition business conducts voluntary recall of select mineral product used in ruminant feed 3/5/13

• Nutri-Vet, LLC Recalls Nutri-Vet and Nutripet Chicken Jerky Products Because Of Possible Salmonella Health Risk - 2/20/13

• Kasel Associated Industries Recalls All Products Manufactured at its Denver, Colorado Facility from April 20, 2012 thru September 19, 2012 Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk - 2/19/13

• Kaytee Recalls Bird Treats and Greens Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination from Parsley Flakes - 2/19/13

• Urgent: ADM Alliance Nutrition Recalling MoorMan's® ShowTec® 18 Elite Lamb Feed 12/28/12 Specific lots of product contain high levels of copper, could harm sheep

• Claudia's Canine Cuisine recalls Hound Cakes for possible mold 12/12/12

• Premium Nutritional Products Announces Ongoing Voluntary Recall Of Select ZuPreem Bird Foods 10-26-12

• TBD Brands, LLC Initiates Voluntary Recall of One Flavor of Organic Frozen Yogurt Dog Treat due to Potential Salmonella Contamination 10-10-12

• Nature's Recipe Voluntarily Recalls Nature's Recipe Oven Baked Biscuits With Real Chicken Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination 10/13/12

• FDA Finds Salmonella in Nature's Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats 10-5-12

• Sunland, Inc. Announces an Expansion of its Voluntarily Limited Recall of Almond Butter and Peanut Butter To Add Cashew Butter, Tahini and Roasted Blanched Peanut Products Due to Possible Health Risk 9/24/12

• Kasel Associated Industries Recalls Boots & Barkley American Beef Bully Sticks because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk 9/21/12

• Breeder's Choice Pet Food Recalls AvoDerm Natural Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Adult Dog Formula Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk 9/11/12

• Arthur Dogswell LLC Voluntarily Recalls Catswell Brand Vitakitty Chicken Breast With Flaxseed And Vitamins Because Of Possible Health Risk 7/27/12

• Land O'Lakes Purina Feed LLC Announces Voluntary Recall of Certain Poultry Feeds Due To Lack Of Added Vitamin D 7/26/12

• PMI Nutrition International Initiates Voluntary Recall of AquaMax™ Products; Expands Voluntary Recall of Mazuri® and LabDiet®Feed Products Due to Potential Elevated Vitamin D Level 7/13/12

• Voluntary Recall of Purina® Products Due to Potential Elevated Vitamin D Level 7/13/12

• Voluntary Recall of Feed Solutions Feed Products Due to Potential Elevated Vitamin D Level 7/13/12

• Nestlé Purina Voluntarily Recalls Single Lot of Therapeutic Canned Cat Food Due to A Low Level of Thiamine (Vitamin B1) 5/11/12

• CDC: Multistate Outbreak of Human Salmonella Infantis Infections Linked to Dry Dog Food 5/3/12

• Diamond Pet Foods Expands Voluntary Recall of One Production Run of Dry Dog Food Due to a Potential Health Risk 4/26/12

• Product Recall Information of Baby Bird & Baby Macaw Feeding Formula 4/9/12

• Animal Product Recalls Archive

• Feed Recall Notification Requirements (Q & A)

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Animal Feed Law

• Commercial Feed Law, Act No. 120, P.A. of 1975, as amended

• Commercial Feed, Regulation No. 635 PDF icon

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Links of Interest

• American Feed Industry Association / AFIA

• AOAC International

• Association of American Feed Control Officials / AAFCO

• FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine / CVM

• Michigan State University Extension / MSUE

• MSU Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health / DCPAH

• National Animal Supplement Council / NASC

• National Grain and Feed Association / NGFA

• The Pet Food Institute / PFI

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