- 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.
- *NEW* Feed Law Update - Public Act 83 of 2015
The Michigan Feed Law updates went into effect on October 1, 2015. Click above for summary sheets, FAQs and other information about the changes.
- Commercial Animal Feed Manufacturer-Distributor License Application Form
Each physical location manufacturing feed in Michigan is required to obtain a Michigan Commercial Feed License.
- Reporting Feed Tonnage
Every licensee must submit tonnage reports and tonnage-based inspection fees once a year. Licensees will file one annual report for July 1 - June 30 each July.
- 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
- Medicated Feeds: Updates to Veterinary Feed Directives (VFD's)
- 2016 Michigan Commercial Feed Manufacturer/Distributor License List
- 2015 Michigan Commercial Feed Manufacturer/Distributor License List
- 2014 Michigan Commercial Feed Manufacturer/Distributor License List
- 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.
- Animal Feed License Details & FAQs
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- FDA Research Helps Keep Pets and Humans Safe
- Jerky Pet Treats - FDA update
- Animal Feed Sanitation Checklist
- Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy Brochure Preparing for On-Farm Inspections
- Certificate of Free Sale Requirements for Animal Feed
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- Avoid the Dangers of Raw Pet Food
- References - New FDA Site for Animal Feed and Pet Food Safety
- FDA Tips for Preventing Foodborne Illness Associated With Pet Food and Pet Treats FDA is informing consumers of steps they can take to help prevent foodborne illness, including Salmonella-related illness, when handling pet foods and treats. Pet food and treats, like many other types of foods, can be susceptible to harmful bacterial contamination. During calendar year 2007, 15 pet ...
- 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
- The Pet Food Institute / PFI